Music history rewritten?

Music history could have been rewritten: such was the impact that Kurt Cobain's life had on the progression of indie music in the early nineties that had he lived beyond his dark, depressive days as the frontman for Nirvana, the music industry as we know it today, could have become something unimaginable.

Speaking to a US newspaper, Michael Stipe, friend of Cobain's and lead singer of REM described how he attempted to save his friend's life before he committed suicide, NME tells us.

However, a bought plane ticket and invitation to collaborate on a few tracks Stipe had in mind weren't enough to wake the singer out of his stupor:

''I constructed a project to try to snap Kurt out of a frame of mind. I sent him a plane ticket and a driver, and he tacked the plane ticket to the wall in the bedroom and the driver sat outside the house for 10 hours. Kurt wouldn't come out and wouldn't answer the phone.''

'Stipe denied that the collaboration was part of an album, saying that it had 'become part of mythology.''

The singer also revealed the stress that brought on an eating disorder when the band was at the height of its success, revealing his own struggles with fame and artistic expression that had affected Cobain in such a drastic way.

'Stipe described the illness as 'a control thing' and said it lasted for 'about a year.''

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