Check out some rare photos of Kurt Cobain months before his death

March 31, 2012 by Bryne Yancey

Check out some rare photos of Kurt Cobain months before his death

Some newly revealed rare photos capture Nirvana frontman mere months before his death. Via the Huffington Post:

"Jesse Frohman was just a recent graduate returning to New York City after earning a degree in economics. Though he had little professional work to his name, he caught the eye of a certain Irving Penn. Penn hired him to run his studio, and Frohman didn't waste any chance to learn from the master.

The intersection of Frohman's life and Cobain's eventual downward spiral in November of 1993, five months before the latter's death. By the time of the session, Cobain had already been in and out of rehab, suffered one heroin overdose and toured while withdrawing from heroin addiction. Through Frohman's lens, Cobain appears perhaps equal parts goofball and troubled rock god.

Though it's now of course to separate Cobain's suicide at the age of 27 from any consideration of his personality, there's a certain forced, blase feel about some of the photographs. Frohman said the first thing Cobain asked for when he arrived, hours late, to the shoot was a bucket to vomit in.

'You know, he was very stoned, yet he was coherent on some level and gone on another level," Frohman adds. 'I had met people like that before, but this was unique because I was shooting someone with these glasses on. He wouldn't take the glasses off, so I couldn't really make eye contact easily.'"

Check out the gallery here and let us know what you think in the comments.

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