“The Beatles and Black Sabbath are probably my two biggest influences, I listened to both of them at the same time when I was a little kid in fourth grade, hanging around with a lot of older kids in the trailer park where my dad lived. In the Summer, they would come over to our trailer when Dad wasn’t home to smoke pot, screw their girlfriends and listen to records. They turned me onto a lot of really cool hard rock at a really young age.” - Kurt Cobain, 1991.
Fan request, Kurt Cobain’s letters to Bikini Kill. He writes about the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music videos ideas, the entertainment industry, “things that have been taken”, drugs, almost being killed by ‘gang members’ with Dave Grohl & Franz Stahl, & much more.
Interviewer: “Was Kurt Cobain a friend of yours? How did his death affect you?”
Layne Staley: “……Kurt and I weren’t the closest of friends, but we ran into each other at shows and hung out a lot. I knew him well enough to be devastated by his death. I just don’t understand it at all. The last time I saw him, he gave me a ride from QFC on Broadway to a friend’s house, the whole way there, which was about a fifteen minute drive, he talked about his daughter. For such a quiet person, he was so excited about having a child, he really loved that little girl. About a month later I saw on the news, that he was dead.”
“I don’t enjoy being a rock star, but I’m at least appreciating the positive points of it.” - Kurt Cobain.
“We came along at a time of great change, politically and socially, a time when America as a whole was awkwardly shifting its feet, and contemplating the legacy of thirteen years of Republicanism—musical and political.” - Krist Novoselic.
“A lot of people, look at us and wonder what we’re complaining about. Money, fame, groupies, the world at your feet… I wouldn’t have any problems with that.’ What they don’t understand, what they’ll never understand unless it happens to them, is the way it changed everything overnight.” - Dave Grohl.