Money Can’t Buy Happiness


Almost everyone is familiar with the tragic story of Seattle grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, the eclectic frontman of the early ’90s three-piece Nirvana, a band that would change the sound of rock music forever. Cobain grew up in a small, decrepit logging town called Aberdeen, which is about one hundred miles southwest of Seattle in the state of Washington. He came from a poor household. In a lot of ways, Cobain’s story is a rags-to-riches story. When his band released the album Nevermind with DGC Records in September of 1991, his life was simply never the same. In what seemed like an instant, Cobain moved from obscurity to fame and from poverty to riches. Money, unfortunately, did not make Cobain happy, however. His lifelong struggle with depression was exacerbated by an infamous heroin addiction. On April 5, 1994, the wealthy but troubled twenty-seven-year-old rock star died by suicide. On that day, Cobain’s name was added to a long list of rich and famous celebrities who ultimately chose to take their own lives. In one of his final interviews before his tragic suicide, Cobain explicitly stated that money can’t buy happiness: