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Kurt Cobain's Daughter Marries Another Celeb's Kid

The lucky man: Riley Hawk, son of fellow skateboarder Tony Hawk

(Newser) - Frances Bean Cobain has tied the knot again, this time opting to partner with a skateboarder rather than a rock star. The 31-year-old daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love married 30-year-old Riley Hawk, the oldest of legendary professional skateboarder Tony Hawk's three sons,...

12 Years Later, We're Still Dishonoring Amy Winehouse

Lisa Whittington-Hill at the Walrus contrasts Winehouse's reputation with that of Kurt Cobain

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse died 12 years ago this month at 27, done in by her addictions. The same was true of Kurt Cobain. But in a piece at the Walrus comparing the way the two are remembered, Lisa Whittington-Hill makes the case that we have done a disservice to Winehouse. To...

Smashed Cobain Guitar Sells for Way Higher Than Expected

Stratocaster, an unplayable showpiece, goes for nearly $600K, 10 times higher than expected

(Newser) - It’s tough to be a guitar in the hands of a rocker ready to leave everything they have on stage. A good example is Kurt Cobain’s smashed Fender Stratocaster, which the AFP reports just sold at auction for $595,000—a good deal more than the expected...

Iconic Kurt Cobain Guitar Sells for Staggering Price

Electric guitar from 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video went for $4.5M

(Newser) - The electric guitar Kurt Cobain used in the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video was auctioned Sunday, and the iconic instrument sold for the staggering sum of $4.5 million. That's quite a bit more than the pre-auction estimate of $600,000, Variety reports. After a bidding war,...

We Might Change Cover of Nirvana's Nevermind: Dave Grohl

Spencer Elden sued, leading to drummer's statement

(Newser) - Update: The 30-year-old who was once the baby that appears on the iconic cover for Nirvana's Nevermind album says the naked image of him is "child porn," and now Dave Grohl says the cover might change as a result. "I have many ideas of how we...

What It Was Like to Be Friends With Kurt Cobain
The Moment I Met
Kurt Cobain, I Knew

The Moment I Met Kurt Cobain, I Knew

Writer Michael Azerrad remembers their friendship, his sense the singer would die young

(Newser) - There's no shortage of adjectives that could be used to describe Michael Azerrad's deep dive into his friendship with Kurt Cobain for the New Yorker : insightful, tender, moving, painful, eye-opening, honest. Azerrad met the singer and Courtney Love in 1992 while on assignment for Rolling Stone, and he...

On 30th Anniversary, Courtney Love Opens Up on Nevermind
Changed Seattle.
Then It 'Shook
the World'

Nevermind Changed Seattle. Then It 'Shook the World'

Kurt Cobain widow Courtney Love, Dave Grohl, others mark 30th anniversary of Nirvana's hit album

(Newser) - It was the album that helped catapult grunge and the Seattle music scene onto the national stage. Now, on the 30th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Nevermind, the band's second studio album, frontman Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, talks to the Los Angeles Times and admits...

FBI Quietly Releases File on Kurt Cobain

The slim file, only 10 pages, is available online

(Newser) - Kurt Cobain has now been gone for as long as he was alive. The rock legend was 27 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound 27 years ago, on April 5, 1994. And for almost all 27 of those years, conspiracy theories have circulated around his death. Get ready...

Cobain's Unplugged Guitar Smashes World Record

It fetched $6M at Beverly Hills auction

(Newser) - The guitar Kurt Cobain played during Nirvana's legendary MTV Unplugged performance less than five months before his death sold for $6 million Saturday, obliterating the record set last year by the sale of Pink Floyd member David Gilmour's iconic black Stratocaster. Gilmour's guitar went for $3.95...

An Iconic Guitar Is Going Up for Auction

Kurt Cobain's guitar from 'MTV Unplugged' performance has a starting estimate of $1M

(Newser) - The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore during Nirvana's iconic performance on MTV's Unplugged sold for $334,000 . Now the guitar he played during the New York show, which took place just five months before his 1994 death, is going up for auction. The Guardian reports the rare 1959 Martin...

Come as You Are: Unwashed Cobain Cardigan Fetches $334K

Late singer wore the sweater when Nirvana recorded 'Unplugged' album

(Newser) - It is, as the BBC puts it, a "stained, cigarette-burned cardigan unwashed in nearly three decades," and had you been a little more on top of the situation, it could have been yours for $334,000 on Saturday. The olive green, mohair cardigan in question commanded such a...

Cobain's Iconic Sweater, Never Washed, Is Up for Auction

Nirvana frontman wore the cardigan during MTV Unplugged performance

(Newser) - The iconic cardigan Kurt Cobain wore during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance is going up for auction again. The green sweater already sold for $137,500 through Julien’s Auctions in 2015, and is going back on the auction block Oct. 25—when it's expected to fetch up to...

Uncashed Royalty Check to Kurt Cobain Is Smaller Than You Think

It was for $26, just before the Nirvana made it big

(Newser) - A record store owner in Seattle has stumbled on papers that belonged to the late Kurt Cobain before he became a household name. Matt Vaughan of Easy Street Records bought a collection of Nirvana's tour itineraries back in 1993 but it wasn't until last week that he found...

Paper Plate That Once Held Kurt Cobain's Pizza Sells for $22K

Plate with Nirvana set list that Cobain scrawled on the back is 'a piece of history'

(Newser) - On April 23, 1990, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain enjoyed a slice of pre-show pizza, then scribbled a set list on the back of the paper plate the pizza once sat on. Someone has now purchased that plate, its black-marker scrawl intact, for a whole lot of money. Julien's Auctions...

Proof Cobain Was Ahead of His Time: Read His Liner Notes

He instructed racists, homophobes, and sexists not to be Nirvana fans

(Newser) - The last time Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg saw Kurt Cobain, the musician was "really stoned"—as might be expected at an intervention. Seven or eight people had gathered to plead with the Nirvana frontman to enter treatment for heroin addiction. Cobain was "not happy, and feeling invaded,...

Release of Graphic Cobain Death Photos Blocked

Appeals court rules against conspiracy theorist

(Newser) - A conspiracy theorist who thinks the government killed Kurt Cobain has once again failed to persuade judges that graphic photos of the Nirvana frontman's death should be released. A Seattle court of appeals ruled against Richard Lee this week, saying the photos were exempt from Washington state's Public...

Kurt Cobain Just Turned 50

Frances Bean
Leads Tributes 
on Cobain's 50th

Frances Bean Leads Tributes on Cobain's 50th

Daughter left Nirvana frontman a handwritten note on Instagram

(Newser) - It's hard to reconcile the image of grunge rocker with AARP membership eligibility, but what would've been Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday arrived Monday, and the internet proved it hadn't forgotten about the Nirvana frontman. The Washington state native—who once called his sleepy hometown of Aberdeen...

Cobain's Kid Fights Ex to Get Kurt's Guitar Back

He says it was a wedding present and is rightfully his now

(Newser) - A guitar that once belonged to Kurt Cobain, which is likely worth millions, is now in the hands of Eeries frontman Isaiah Silva, and Cobain's daughter is fighting to get it back in the family. Frances Bean Cobain was married to Silva for 21 months , and she's been...

Old Reel on eBay Yields 2 New Nirvana Recordings

One might feature Kurt Cobain on drums

(Newser) - A Nirvana fan has unearthed a previously unreleased seven-track recording on eBay from 1993, just before the band recorded its third and final studio album, In Utero. The label on the reel includes the date and "Pachyderm Studios," where it was recorded, reports Alternative Nation , which notes that...

Police Release New Photos of Kurt Cobain's Gun

They seem to refute a popular conspiracy theory

(Newser) - In response to a public records request by CBS News , the Seattle Police Department released new photographs Thursday of the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself in 1994. Prior to the release, the gun had never been seen publicly, with the exception of some crime scene photos that offered...

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