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Nirvana: Nirvana

Nick Southall, Stylus, 1 September 2003

HAVE WARHOL'S predictions (desires) come true? Is art now pop and is pop now art? Can either be considered real or worthy or authentic? It remains to be seen whether anyone can state categorically that Kurt Cobain's death was an artistic statement, or whether it was merely the inevitable result of untreated and unaddressed bi-polar type mental disorders, depression-as-illness rather than an "artistic" state of mind. Heroin for Cobain was an escape, but it was as much from the physical pain in his gut (be it real or imagined) as it was an escape from the world around him (even if it was his revulsion at that same world which caused the pain) or the mental anguish that, what? Inspired his work? That informed his muse?

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