Kurt Cobain Honor Rejected

08/01/2011
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(Gibson) Kurt Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, has rejected a proposal that a bridge immortalized on Nirvana's Nevermind album be renamed in the late singer's honor. The Aberdeen City Council voted 10 to one against lending Cobain's name to the Young Street Bridge, which is referenced in the ballad, "Something in the Way."

The city's local parks board had recommended the rechristening, but members of the council expressed concern that the memorial would, in their view, glorify Cobain's substance abuse and his suicide. Via the Associated Press, Aberdeen's KXRO radio station reported that the audience at the council meeting reacted to the vote with applause.

As a compromise, the council did approve a plan to name a small strip of property on the Wishkah River "Cobain Landing." Cobain claimed to have often slept under the Young Street Bridge, which crosses the Wishkah, in his youth. Hundreds of fans visit the site each year.

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