Thursday, 24 October 2013

Kurt Cobain: And On That 20 Year-Old Bombshell!!!

A recently unearthed interview with Kurt Cobain has revealed that the Nirvana frontman thought he was gay as a teenager.

In July 1993, less than a year before his death, the singer chatted with music journalist Jon Savage in New York. The cassette tape recording has now found its way onto YouTube, thanks to US broadcaster PBS.

Cobain claimed that he had a bad time at high school, and when asked whether he experienced any problems with "people thinking that you were gay", he responded: "Yeah, I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem [of feeling isolated].

"Although I never experimented with it, I had a gay friend, and then my mother wouldn't allow me to be friends with him anymore because... well, she's homophobic. It was real devastating because finally I found a male friend who I actually hugged and was affectionate too, and we talked about a lot of things... I couldn't hang out with him anymore."

The Independent et al.

This "recently unearthed interview" was actually published in The Observer - a popular British newspaper - in August 1993, and is anthologised in Jon Savage's 1996 book, Time Travel: From the Sex Pistols to Nirvana - Pop, Media and Sexuality, 1977-96.
Perhaps there's a clue in the title?

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