Thanks to my Mum for getting me a subscription the Word magazine for my birthday. The current cover story features 12 dead rocks stars, yet another subjective list that is as enthralling for all it excludes as much as the content within. I've heard of most of them and would applaud the choices - Ian Curtis, Freddie Mercury, George Harrison, Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash - but not all.
Not included were many obvious candidates, including Kurt Cobain. I watched the Nirvana Unplugged concert on telly on Friday night. Their version of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World is going to be in the list of ten best cover versions I may get round to doing this week. But the watching the whole video is a very unsettling experience. Cobain is haunted and spaced out and staring into the distance. The performance is faultless, but it is doing nothing for him. Five months later he was dead. I don't think he's any kind of hero at all, but he made great music.