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Published on October 28th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


A “lost” Kurt Cobain interivew has surfaced

Word from The NME is that a never-before-released interview with Kurt Cobain from 1989 has surfaced. Conducted by a Manchester journalist (and member of a band called Membranes) named John Robb, it was done in New York when Nirvana was on the road promoting the Bleach album.

In the interview, Kurt and Krist Novoselic talk about what it was like growing up in Aberdeen, Washington and how they hoped that music would provide some means of escape.

Here’s a bit from the NME article:

Discussing some newly written songs, Cobain describes them as being about “anger, negativity” with a “typical punk rock attitude” before telling Robb that he found it harder to be “angry” since leaving home.

“I imagine I am becoming happier because I am escaping. I find myself sometimes making things hard for myself so I can still have a little bit of anger,” Cobain tells Robb.

Then there’s this:

Cobain and Novoselic talk about the intensity of their gigs being “a nice relief” and a “release” of anger on stage. They also say they are “loving touring America” and that they enjoy smashing up instruments on stage at the end of their gigs. Cobain can be heard laughing, saying: “the other night I jumped into the drum set and Krist was taking beer bottles and throwing them at us and they were busting all over the place.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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