Kurt Cobain in the living room of his Los Angeles apartment on Spaulding Avenue, spring 1992, a few weeks after marrying Courtney Love in Hawaii. During this period Cobain wrote most of what would become ‘In Utero’, but he also spent a lot of time painting, mixing his own blood, semen and fecal matter in with the traditional acrylics and oils. More eye-opening Cobain facts can be found in ‘Cobain Unseen’ by Charles R. Cross, published by Hodder & Stoughton.
Kurt Cobain in Tracy Marander’s flat, Olympia, Washington, circa 1989, around the release of Nirvana’s debut album ‘Bleach’. Marander was Cobain’s girlfriend at the time, and he relied on her for money and accommodation. In this picture he is seen drinking Strawberry Quik milkshake, which he drank regularly because he believed it coated his stomach, which acted up when he was on the road.
A polaroid of Kurt Cobain circa summer 1990, the period in which he wrote most of ‘Nevermind”s best-known songs, such as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Drain You’ (although the latter was originally called ‘The Retards’). His T-shirt publicises the local Pop Underground Festival (which Nirvana did not play at) and he is holding his kitten, Spina Bifida. Taken from ‘Cobain Unseen’ by Charles R. Cross.
Kurt Cobain’s Epiphone Texan acoustic guitar, which he purchased from a Los Angeles guitar shop in 1991, shortly after the release of ‘Nevermind’. At this time, despite Nirvana being grouped by the press at part of the "Seattle sound", Cobain was still living in his car in Olympia or crashing with friends. It wasn’t until 1992 that all three members of the band actually lived in Seattle.
Kurt Cobain with Beat Generation writer and long-time heroin addict William S. Burroughs, August 1994. Cobain wanted Burroughs to appear in the video for ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ as a crucified man on a cross. Burroughs refused but the pair became friends. On this occasion, at Burroughs’ home in Kansas, they chatted about the blues musician Leadbelly.