Kurt Cobain Drove a Volvo

Kurt Cobain may have been very reckless with his body and brain, but he was a very careful driver.

While he could have afforded any car he wanted, Kurt preferred to drive a used 1986 grey Volvo 240, the kind of thing you’d expect a geography teacher to drive. Why a Volvo?

Because he was convinced this was the safest car in the world and he didn’t want to take any chances on the road. And he never, ever drove it over the speed limit because he thought that was irresponsible behavior.

Yes, he’d bang all manner of chemicals into his veins, but he’d never think of going to through a yellow light because, well, that just wasn’t safe.

Alan Cross

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.

10 thoughts on “Kurt Cobain Drove a Volvo

  • April 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm
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    I wonder what ever happened to that car. Or if there's a librarian out there somewhere driving a car that could potentially bring big bucks at an auction.

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  • April 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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    to be fair, I think in the interview where he talked about his Volvo he mentioned driving with his daughter in the car as the reason for his safety obsession

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  • April 14, 2012 at 7:10 am
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    Kurt Cobain may have been very reckless with his body and brain, but he was a very careful driver.

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  • April 14, 2012 at 11:26 am
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    Kurt Cobain may have been very reckless with his body and brain, but he was a very careful driver.

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  • April 16, 2012 at 11:39 am
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    Because he was convinced this was the safest car in the world and he didn’t want to take any chances on the road.

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  • May 14, 2012 at 12:35 am
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    And all 4 tires of his Volvo were slashed when his body was found above the garage it was parked in.

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  • February 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm
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    Fuck you Mr. Cross! The image you try to give in your book about Kurt is not real. Fuck you!

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  • February 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm
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    Fuck you and your jugdemental, entertainment-tonight-ish post.

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