sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

July 24, 2013

Kurt Cobain Speaking From The Grave

Filed under: journalism, music, politics — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 9:41 pm

The come hither portrait of Dzhokar Tsarnaev gracing the latest cover of The Rolling Stone made me think of their first Nirvana cover.

Kurt Cobain scribbled “corporate magazines still suck” on his t-shirt.  Suck: as opposed to underground zine reading which is never a waste of time.  The editors of this particular corporate bi-weekly scored big with this willing display of punk rock authenticity

Back then I thought that the band wanted to have its cake and eat it too: to be commercially successful while currying favors with the people who resent success.  Now I see that Cobain was practically clairvoyant.  Not because his running around and incessantly talking of suicide somehow foreshadowed his own death, but because, gosh, Rolling Stone does suck.  Then and now (and always) they are creating controversies out of thin air.

What does the younger Tsarnaev has to do with music?  He’s not a performer; he wasn’t an underground cult figure prior to the Boston massacre.  After the bombing, sure, he did develop a following of “girls” in polyester rompers.  The irony of it is, he probably listens to some kind of Eurotrash — or Mideast themed Eurotrash — the kind of music that’s supposed to be an instant turn off to his groupies… if he wasn’t a murderous cult figure, that is.



  1. Nice! I have never really read Rolling Stone but I think Kurt just viewed it as mainstream and dumbing things down… frat boy tools singing his songs but not understanding that if they had run into him at college they would have tried to beat him up.

    Rolling Stone ceased to not suck back in the early-90s when they got into politics… about the time MTV stopped being a music video channel.

    Comment by Capitol Commentary (@CapCommentary) — July 24, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  2. Rolling Stone? I thought they ceased publishing 20 years ago. Or maybe that was just wishful thinking.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — July 27, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

  3. Whose stones are they rolling?

    Comment by Jim at Asylum Watch — July 29, 2013 @ 8:38 am

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