In the history of music there are men and women who have lent their voices to an entire generation, in order to let them be heard. Legendary bands create anthems to define people’s lives. The unique distorted sound of Nirvana’s grunge music was responsible for speaking on behalf of the nineties teenagers, a burden Cobain never wanted to have. The meteoric rise of the band worried the singer; Nirvana always meant to have an antiestablishment message, and their popularity threatened this ideology. With seven years on the scene, Nirvana had three successful albums. They split after the death of Kurt Cobain on April 8, 1994. According to the official statement, Cobain shot himself on the head with a shotgun. The tragedy shocked the world.
Kurt Cobain’s death remains as one of the greatest mysteries and tragedies in the history of rock. His depressing childhood was depicted in his melancholic lyrics. He spent his last days tormented with a heroin addiction, bronchitis, gastrointestinal problems, and the unbearable weight of fame. However, he wasn’t alone during his darkest moments; his imaginary friend, Boddah, was always at his side. Boddah stayed with him through the thick and thin, and his visits were more frequent whenever the singer felt more frustrated and depressed. Even Cobain’s last letter was addressed to his oldest friend. However, Boddah’s presence also brought a small amount of chaos to his artistic career.
Who Killed Kurt Cobain is the title of Nicolas Otero’s graphic novel whose dialogue was inspired by Le Roman de Boddah by Heloise Guay de Bellissen. Otero’s work delves into Cobain’s life from the perspective of Boddah, from his childhood to his final moments.
The graphic novel will be released this October. IDW publishing hasn’t revealed more details regarding this project.
Truth is that only Cobain has the answers to understand that fateful day, but if we had the chance to speak to him, what would we say?
-Did it happened that afternoon, when you couldn’t take it anymore, burst into tears and hid from him behind the amplifier?
-Tell me Kurt, was it Boddah?
-Did he convince you to do it?
-Night after night he consoled you, whenever you felt alone, numb, and haunted by your own thoughts. He was there to fill your emptiness, because even your music could’t do it.
-You only listened to him, Kurt. You were so convinced no one else could help you but him.
-Why did you go after him, walking down the streets of Seattle, shouting his name? Why did you beg him to stay, when you really wanted him to go?
-Why did you have to take his advice and run away to LA? Why did you cross the country to find him again in the west coast? Why did you chase him, Kurt?
-It wasn’t you, you didn’t imagine that voice who persuaded you to do it, to forget everything and vanish from this world. It wasn’t you in Rome, in that room. It wasn’t you, desperately running down Boulevard East.
-People can gossip, believe in conspiracy theories. They can blame Courtney’s wild side. They can blame Carlson, your friend who gave you the gun you desperately needed—the gun who Boddah desperately needed.—
-I know the truth Kurt, I saw everything.
-I know because you told me.
-It wasn’t you, it wasn’t Courtney Love. It was Boddah.
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