Jamie Dunie wants to convert Kurt Cobain's childhood home into a museum, good idea or highly unlikely?
Three weeks ago journalist Jamie Dunkie launched a campaign to raise money for the purchase of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s childhood home, in order to turn it into a museum. So far, however, the campaign has only managed to raise around $130 dollars. This comes during a wave of new tributes to the singer in the 20th year after his death. Aberdeen mayor Bill Simpson has recently said he hopes that Cobain’s hometown will be ‘just as big as Graceland eventually.’ But is a Cobain museum really likely and above all, necessary?
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago
It’s been 20 years since Kurt Cobain, the frontman of grunge icons Nirvana passed away and unsurprisingly this year has marked a wave of new tributes to the prolific singer. On February 20th, Aberdeen, Washington, where Cobain was born, held its first ‘Kurt Cobain Day’, where a statue of the singer was unveiled. The rather underwhelming event along with the statue, which features Cobain depicted shedding a single tear ,was part of a campaign spearheaded by the city’s mayor to make up for lost time in honouring the grunge pioneer. It also prompted the city of Hoquiam, also in Washington, where Cobain briefly lived, to announce their own ‘Kurt Cobain’ day which is scheduled for April 10th, five days after the 20th anniversary of his death. On that day, April 10th, Cobain is set to receive an greater honour when Nirvana finally get inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’.
The idea of honouring Cobain's memory more fully is, of course, long overdue. But the latest effort, the Cobain museum campaign, doesn't seem to be gaining interest the way organizers would have hoped. The house which Jamie Dunkie, the campaign's founder, is looking to turn into a museum is the singer’s childhood home which was put on the market by his mother, Wendy O’Connor at the end of last year. Connor is said to have wanted the house to become a museum honouring her late son and was hoping it would be bought by someone with this intention. Then, earlier this year, Jamie Dunkie got involved and started a crowd funding campaign on 'go fund me' to try and make the museum a reality.
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