Whether you’re a long-time Nirvana fan or have just gotten into Nirvana’s music, it’s well worth continuing reading. As you’ll discover a long list of surprising facts about Kurt Kobain. The deceased frontman of Nirvana, who tragically took his own life at the young age of 27.
9 Surprising facts about Kurt Kobain:
He wrote his first song at age four:
Kobain started singing at the tender age of 2 and by the time he was 4 he had written his first song about going to the park. Proof that Kobain was born to become a songwriter and musician.
He accurately predicted his future as a teenager:
At just 14 years old Kobain predicted that he would become a famous rockstar but that he would commit suicide at the height of his career in order to “retire in glory”. Over the years Kobain would try to commit suicide numerous times before taking his own life at the age of 27, in 1994. In his dark suicide note, Kobain wrote “It’s better to burn out than to fade away”.
He claimed that he had an evil imaginary friend:
In his suicide note, Kobain also revealed that he believed that he had an evil imaginary friend named Boddah who he felt represented the dark, evil side of his personality.
He once worked at the YMCA as a swimming instructor:
Kobain once worked at the YMCA as a swimming instructor at the YMCA Aberdeen. Where he taught pre-school-aged children how to swim. Some of his fans believe that this experience inspired the cover for Nevermind.
He was once homeless:
While Kobain became a rock star he was once homeless and lived in his car. While he was homeless Kobain recorded the track Nevermind, which achieved great success and sold over 2 million copies. As soon as Kobain’s mom heard Nevermind for the first time she told her son that it would become a huge hit.
Kurt Cobain and Pine Tree Janitorial:
As it’s hard for musicians to make a decent living before the careers take off, Kobain decided to open his own janitorial business named Pine Tree Janitorial. Which was founded in the 90s.
His daughter has a famous godmother:
Kurt Kobain’s daughter Frances Bean has a famous godmother, Hollywood legend Drew Barrymore. While Bean’s godfather is Michael Stipe, from the band R.E.M.
His next album was planned to be an acoustic album:
If Cobain was not successful in taking his own life, his next album was meant to be an acoustic album. As he was friends with Micheal Stipe and was inspired to follow in his footsteps and to write an acoustic album.
Cobain was outspoken about prejudice:
Cobain was outspoken about his views on racism, homophobia, and sexism. During the height of his career, many artists will still reluctant to talk about their beliefs, as they didn’t want to lose part of their fan base. However, Cobain had no problem talking about his beliefs on the world stage.
So whether you’re a long-time fan of Nirvana or you’ve just started listening to their tracks, hopefully, you enjoyed finding out more information about Kobain’s fascinating life.