Hear Kurt Cobain in a Just-Unearthed Nirvana Interview

Taped in a sweaty apartment on Avenue B in 1989

October 28, 2018
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana


It was a particularly hot and sweaty evening back in 1989. This relatively unknown band named Nirvana, just signed to Sub-Pop Records and promoting their recently-released debut album "Bleach," had played to a crowd of 10-20 at Maxwells in Hoboken. Afterwards, they trekked back to a tiny apartment on Avenue B, lugging their amps up three flights of stairs. This is where British journalist and Membranes frontman John Robb carried out a 20-minute interview that, until just recently, he thought he'd lost.

Robb told NME, "“I thought I’d lost the tape but one afternoon I discovered this massive bag of cassettes and it was the first one I pulled out.” The Nirvana interview is the first of a new archival interview series Robb calls, "The John Robb Tapes."

In the interview, Kurt and Krist talk about everything from how they got into music, their creative process, touring for the first time and a new song/style they were working on that is maybe a song that became one of the most iconic songs in rock history.

You can listen to the full interview here.