Billy Corgan Warns That Pitchforks Block Next Kurt Cobain

(Classic Rock) Smashing Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan has issued a stark warning to young musicians who hope to be the next Kurt Cobain: you won't make it.

He believes the underground scene that nurtured talent like Nirvana and his own band has now become part of the establishment, and as a result it's too easy to fall into creative stagnation in a community that once offered the opposite.

And he singles out online community Pitchfork as an example of his argument. "If you're 20 years old and you aspire to be like me or Kurt Cobain or Courtney Love.... you're not going to make it that way. You won't succeed," Corgan tells the Daily Beast. "Let's say you're the next Kurt Cobain. You will be appropriated on your first album by the Pitchfork community. Your record company will rally round that idea because that's your marketing platform.

"But the minute you're in that world you're frozen."

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