Today marks the 20th and 12th anniversaries of the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. Take some time to reflect on them, their music, and their individual legacies.
- Here We Are Now: Seattle rock journalist Charles R. Cross’s retrospective/analysis of the enduring legacy of Cobain’s too short life and career.
- Kurt Cobain Remembered 20 Years After His Death: The Associated Press speaks to Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Beck and Neil Young.
- 10 Reasons Kurt Cobain Wasn’t Murdered: In case you find yourself arguing with a conspiracy theorist.
- MTV’s Breaking News Coverage of Cobain’s death, April 8, 1994:
- How Alice in Chains Found the Most Memorable Voice in Grunge: A short retrospective I wrote for the Atlantic about Layne’s voice and talent for the tenth anniversary of his death.
- The Last Days of Layne Staley: An article by Charles R. Cross published a few months after Layne’s death, which gives some insight into his later years.
- Layne’s obituary: Published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer after his body was found on April 19, 2002.
- Layne’s last live performance, July 3, 1996:
Beyond these links and videos, if you want to know more about both of them and the broader Seattle scene in general, I would highly recommend reading Greg Prato’s Grunge Is Dead and Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town.