2. His Dad tried to get him to join the Navy, presumably to Make a Man of him, and so he’d learn to do as he was told. (Incompatible aims, in my opinion…)
3. He preferred cats to dogs. Dogs are too obliging.
5. He was fisherman, and enjoyed cooking and eating fish. “It’s OK to eat fish, cos they don’t have any feelings…”
7. He quit a job that involved dish-washing, because it ruined his nails for guitar playing.
It’s nineteen years since he locked himself in the greenhouse of his beautiful home, and ended his life.
Let’s remember him that way.
“I want people to remember him as the cool guy he was ” – Michael Azzerad
“When I think of Kurt, I think of the way he giggled, or how he loved Abba, or of him saying to me, ‘God, man, I wish I could wear sweatpants’. He was a human being, a nice guy, and maybe it’s selective memory, but I don’t want to think of him as some brooding suicidal genius.” – Dave Grohl
“He was an amazing guy, he was a complete gentleman. A good-hearted guy. He was one of those people – everybody’s got them in their life – somebody that you turn to when things aren’t going so good.” – Mark Lanegan
The photos in this post, apart from the mugshot, were taken at the Experience Music Project, Seattle Centre, in the Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses exhibition. We visited Seattle in August 2011, and have been planning a return trip to the Pacific North West ever since.