Ongoing History Daily: Kurt Cobain’s fingerprints

When Kurt Cobain was a teenager, he wasn’t exactly the model of behaviour.  He claimed to live under a bridge while working as a janitor at one of the schools.  He had a number of run-ins with the law for petty things like theft and vandalism. 

When he was 19, he got drunk and ended up being arrested on some kind of trespassing charge.  He was taken to the station, charged with public intoxication, failure to pay outstanding fines and possession.  He was given a mug shot and had his fingerprints taken.  That was then.  That fingerprint card recently went up for auction and was valued at up to $8,000 US. 

How this official legal document managed to escape the clutches of the Washington Department of Police is unknown

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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