Kurt Cobain’s Suicide Note ‘Struck a Deep Chord’ with Neil Young
Classic rocker Neil Young has revealed in his new autobiography, 'Waging Heavy Peace,' that the suicide note left by Kurt Cobain "struck a deep chord" with him -- and says that he was even trying to get in touch with the late Nirvana star at the time of his death.
“When he died and left that note, it struck a deep chord inside of me. It f---ed with me," Young writes in the book, which hits stores this week. “I, coincidentally, had been trying to reach him. I wanted to talk to him. Tell him only to play when he felt like it.”
The note found next to Cobain's body at the time of his 1994 suicide quoted Young's song 'Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)' with the line "It's better to burn out than to fade away." Other musicians have spoken over the years of their interactions with Cobain around the time of his suicide, with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe somewhat recently talking about a music project he tried to start with the Nirvana singer.
“We worked on two records in Seattle and Peter Buck lived next door to Kurt," Stipe told Interview magazine. "We all knew each other. I reached out to him with that project as an attempt to prevent what was going to happen. I was doing that to try to save his life.”