The Seattle Deadman’s Tour: Only The Good Die Young

We packed into the mini bus being driven by a stereotypically slick Seattleite. He was donning all black clothing, which was fitting considering the nature of this tour.

In between the cool chatter about great places to get coffee and see live music, he would tune in to a home-grown radio station giving exposure to local bands and musicians.

Seattle is well-known for its music scene. It is also well-known for its tragic stars that went way before their time.

Actor Brandon Lee, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix were all in their twenties when they died; the latter two being members of the notorious 27 Club.

Jimi Hendrix

I had joined the Deadman’s Tour at the Green Tortoise Hostel primarily to get some pictures of the Jimi Hendrix Memorial – a request from my mum.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A fancy headstone maybe? No, it was much more lavish than that.

The marble memorial, located half an hour south of Seattle at the Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, featured images of Hendrix, along with some of his most-loved lyrics.

Beautiful purple and white flowers were neatly arranged around the structure.

His father and grandmother are also buried at this site.

“The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye. Until we meet again.”

Kurt Cobain

The tour went past the house on Lake Washington Boulevard where Nirvana’s frontman Kurt Cobain had lived and died.

Cobain’s memorial bench is located nearby and fans are encouraged to write messages.

Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee

Actor and martial arts guru Bruce Lee and his actor son Brandon Lee are buried next to eachother at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle.

Both father and son died young; Bruce aged, 32, of complications relating to a brain condition and Brandon, 28, in a tragic accident on the set of film The Crow, where he was shot with the fragments of a real bullet still remaining in the barrel of a gun firing blanks.  

Next to the graves is a memorial bench from the family, Bruce’s wife Linda and daughter Shannon.

A wife that “did what she could”

David Swinson Maynard , one of the pioneers who founded Seattle, is also buried at the Lakeview Cemetery. His wife Catherine is buried next door, with the words: “She did what she could.” Apparently David was hard work!

How to you feel about this kind of tourism? Morbid or interesting?

4 Comments

  1. November 7, 2012 / 03:37

    Very interesting Alison. Seattle does have its share of noteable musicians. I find visiting grave sites fascinating actually.

    • November 7, 2012 / 17:05

      Me too, always interesting – especially the really old ones.

    • November 7, 2012 / 17:06

      Thanks, glad you found it interesting.