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Kurt Cobain

The Nirvana frontman rocked the world, all too briefly, in the grunge-heavy early 1990s before taking his life at the age of 27.

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The kid Cobain

Kurt Cobain is pictured in his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash., in an undated photo provided by his sister, Kim Cobain. Twenty years after the Nirvana singer's death, Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, is putting the two-story Aberdeen bungalow -- which is assessed at less than $67,000 -- on the market for $500,000. But she'd also be happy entering into a partnership with anyone who wants to turn it into a museum.

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3 for the show

Cobain, right, poses with his Nirvana bandmates, drummer Dave Grohl, center, and bassist Krist Novoselic in 1991. Both went on to make more music after the death of their frontman, with Grohl finding great success as the leader of the Foo Fighters.

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Reading to rock

Cobain performs with Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines onstage at the Reading Festival in Reading, England on Aug. 23, 1991.

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Things are going swimmingly

Grohl, Novoselic and Cobain pose for an underwater portrait during an October 1991 photo shoot in North Hollywood, Calif. The band's second album, "Nevermind," with a cover featuring a baby swimming after a dollar bill on a fish hook, was released on Sept. 24, 1991.

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Smoking guitar player

Cobain once told Guitar World magazine in an interview that he preferred low-end guitar models because that's what he could afford, and as a left-handed player it wasn't easy to find reasonably priced, high-quality guitars.

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Did he ever really want his MTV?

Cobain performs with Nirvana at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 1992.

Frank Micelotta / Hulton Archive
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Say hi to Axl

Cobain arrives for the MTV Video Music Awards with wife Courtney Love, holding their daughter Frances Bean, in Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 1992. The event was notable because of a backstage feud between Cobain, Love and Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose.

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Smells like a couple VMA wins

Cobain poses with Grohl and Novoselic at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. Nirvana won the awards for best new artist and best alternative video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." They lost to Van Halen's "Right Now" for video of the year.

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Rising rock star

Cobain surfs over the crowd during a Nirvana show in Frankfurt, Germany, on Dec. 11, 1991.

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Smile for the camera

Cobain is pictured in a 1993 file photo. "I'm a much happier guy than a lot of people think I am," the rocker once told Rolling Stone.

Mark Terrill / AP
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'Unplugged' Cobain

Cobain performs in New York for MTV "Unplugged" on Nov. 18, 1993. The acoustic performance featured, among others, cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets and Lead Belly.

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A sad goodbye

Cobain's body is taken to a medical examiner's van after the Nirvana singer was found dead at his Seattle home on April 8, 1994. Police determined that he died three days earlier of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. A suicide note was found next to his body. He was 27 years old.

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