2/20/2014—Aberdeen, WA, USA
Rosevear's Music Center at 211 E. Wishkah Street in Aberdeen, WA. In 1981 for his fourteenth birthday, Kurt Cobain's uncle bought him a cheap electric guitar from the store.
Aberdeen, located in Grays Harbor County, near the Washington State coast, is the birth place of rock legend Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana. Aberdeen and the neighboring town of Hoquiam, have had a difficult relationship with Cobain’s legacy, with his drug use and suicide causing many in the community to believe he should not be honored. In recent years though, as the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death approaches and Nirvana is set to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a steady stream of tourists and travelers are coming to the town to see Cobain’s childhood home and other sights. Many in Aberdeen – a place Cobain once mocked as “Twin Peaks without the excitement” – are now embracing him and the city held its first annual Kurt Cobain Day on Thursday, February 20th, 2014.
Aberdeen though, has fallen on hard times. With the slow death of the logging and fishing industries, its downtown is filled with abandoned shops, storefront churches and a steady stream of drug addicts, homeless kids and prostitutes. Most cars pass through the city’s main street, Wishkah Street, without stopping, heading to resort hotels and vacation homes on the Washington coast. Unemployment is high, many homes are falling down or abandoned.
Photograph by Stuart Isett
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