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April 9, 2009 at 3:16 am #590445
OK. So admittedly this story doesn’t necessarily have a West Seattle angle. But before the 15th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death passes I thought I’d share something that I wrote a few years ago after a visit to the house in Denny-Blaine where he was found. I thought there might be some Nirvana fans out there who might find it interesting:
A graffiti-covered bench at Viretta Park in Seattle’s Denny-Blaine neighborhood, adjacent to the place where Cobain’s body was found 15 years ago today.April 9, 2009 at 3:43 am #664102
cjboffoli – Thanks for the reminder and the link. Your piece is outstanding. Reminds me of how much impact Kurt and other Seattle based musicians had on the music industry in the early 90’s, and how some of them ended up falling victim to the same demons as their predecessors.
It is hard to imagine it has been almost 20 years since rock music was reinvented for the last time.April 9, 2009 at 3:58 am #664103
At the time I was working with two people who went to high school with Kurt.
You don’t want to know what they thought of him.April 9, 2009 at 4:13 am #664104
He didn’t eat his vegetables?April 9, 2009 at 4:16 am #664105
The people who are least popular in high school are usually the most interesting ones.April 9, 2009 at 6:00 am #664106
An old acquaintance from the band Blood Circus told me a good story about being hit in the face by Kurt. He didn’t have very good things to say either.April 9, 2009 at 6:02 am #664107
I had some spooky Kurt related stuff happen back then. Nice piece, Christopher, BTW. It’s nice to see something with some depth…
I’ve read everything, also. I didn’t like Last Days. I feel like that movie was more about Gus than about Kurt.
Courtney gets blamed for everything but I do believe she contributed to his death in one way or another. She seems pretty mentally ill.
One thing that is never talked about is the fact that Kurt was abused. This really saddens me because I think it had a lot to do with his demise. All the books touch on it a little. The whole thing-everything about his life- seems incredibly fateful. It’s very sad because it seems like he needed people who truly cared about him but what he got instead were leeches. I hope he did feel loved.
I read that he was embarrassed about the Lake Washington house and that Courtney chose it. I think he should have lived in West Seattle. It would have saved him!
I love the album: Incesticide. It’s my favorite Nirvana album.
Thanks for the thread. Can’t believe it’s been 15 years!April 9, 2009 at 6:40 am #664108
Trick: LOVE the Soupy Sales avatar! Soupy doesn’t get nearly enough play these days.April 9, 2009 at 6:43 am #664109
Thanks CJ, it was either Soupy or Bert Convy ?
Gotta love the Sales :)April 9, 2009 at 7:00 am #664110
He left his baby girl fatherless 15 years ago. Obviously he lived in a self-centered, screwed up world of his own making.
I still love the acoustic album, though.April 9, 2009 at 7:29 am #664111
Soupy Sales FAR superior to Burt Convy. Soupy was an icon of early television whereas Mr. Convy was at the apex of his career in the movie Cannonball Run (though he WAS a worthy host of Win Lose or Draw). I’m too lazy to check his IMDB page but I expect he probably did a half-dozen Love Boat episodes as well.
When I was a kid I was actually once in the audience of a TV taping with Soupy Sales. I didn’t really know who he was but I remember one of my parents telling me he was a star. I don’t remember much about the show other than it was a Western set with mulch on the floor and there were puppets. It is a bizarre memory now that I think of it.April 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm #664112
One of the guys at my college radio station interviewed Soupy. I got to see Soupy walk into the studio.
I will always remember Soupy as the only member of the panel on What’s My Line who knew who Frank Zappa was since Soupy’s kids, Tony and Hunt played in bands with Frank.April 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm #664113
ellenater, if you don’t mind, could you expand upon “I had some spooky Kurt related stuff happen back then.” ?April 10, 2009 at 7:30 am #664114
ehh, it’s hard to desribe. my boyfriend (at the time) and I went to the park (Viretta?) to do a sort of goodbye thing. This was not long after-maybe a few months. I had lots of skin crawls and it felt really creepy. And synchronized in a weird way. I was sitting on the grass writing a poem and this tourist was climbing the fence trying to get a good pic. of the greenhouse. I was very annoyed and also pondering the fact that I was there, as a fan, also and where the line was with all that (ya, I was young, lol) anyway, a bird flew over and literally dropped berry juice right on the side of my letter. And it was REALLY weird. I left very soon after that. Then, later, Hole played in Portland (where I lived at the time) and I had no feeling at all of Courtney being at all linked to Kurt’s death. But I was in the beer line in the bar area and the house lights were off, as were the stage lights. I was just chatting with someone in line when I got horrible chills all over my upper body. So I glanced at the stage and someone had walked out on the stage to do something but I couldn’t see who it was. Again, a weird sense of timing. I should add that aside from finding a severed buck’s head on my father’s property and then finding out he (my father) had brain cancer, I have never had any other experiences like these. It was freaky and not in the good way.April 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm #664115April 11, 2009 at 4:00 am #664116
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