Kurt Cobain: Entrepreneur.
By; Mariah Contreras
There is no doubt that rock stars can be creative entrepreneurs, just like entrepreneurs can be creative rock stars. One would say that it’s a far stretch to call Kurt Cobain, from the grudge rock band Nirvana, an entrepreneur. After all, he got buried by fame he ultimately took his own life to escape the pressure. The success of the album “Nevermind” was an accident of creativity by puck rockers who took the alternative rock music world by storm. Kurt Cobain was an average happy kid, who lived in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt’s aunt and uncle were both in the music field. Kurt’s uncle Chuck Fradenburg starred in a band called The Beachcombers. His Aunt Mari Earle played guitar and performed in bands. Kurt was also a very gifted artist at a young age. At age seven, Cobain’s parents had a divorce that had a profound effect on his life. The happy loving child became defiant and withdrawn. Kurt’s mother granted full custody to his father. Kurt quickly became a rebellious teen; his father passed him along to family and friends. During his sophomore year in high school, Cobain began living with his mother in Aberdeen. Two week until graduation, Cobain dropped out after realizing he did not have enough credits to graduate. In high school, Nirvana started; that’s when Kurt Cobain started his journey of entrepreneurship. An entrepreneur is successful because his passion for an outcome leads him to organize available resources in new and more valuable ways. That is what Kurt Cobain did. He was going be a rock star. He didn’t want to be like all the other hair bands at the time. Ironically, Nirvana’s success quickly knocked the hair bands off commercial radio. The innovative mix of punk, pop hooks and 70′s guitar rock allowed Nirvana to change the face of popular music forever. And even though it’s likely they never imagined how big it would get. Take a look at the three elements that propelled Nirvana to the top of the...
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