The legacy of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is stronger than ever this year, with Kurt Cobain Day established (February 20), the publication of Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, and most recently, the online campaign to purchase Cobain’s childhood home and turn it into a museum (more on that after the jump). We’ve explored the childhood homes of famous authors before, and the time felt right to travel to the early abodes of well-known musicians. Several of these iconic performers got their start at home — in the kitchen where they drank tea every morning and the farmhouse that housed a piano and captured their imagination. Take a peek at these musicians’ humble beginnings, and see how their earliest dwellings influenced their careers.
Last year, Kurt Cobain’s mother put the family’s 1.5-story Aberdeen, Washington home on the market. Cobain’s hometown is where it all started for Nirvana, co-founded with bassist Krist Novoselic. Now, journalist Jaime Dunkle has launched a crowd-funded campaign to purchase the home and transform it into a museum. “It’s not fancy, but it’s real. And that’s how we want the house to remain,” she wrote on the gofundme.com page. Cobain described his home city in a 1994 interview:
Aberdeen, it’s a coastal town about 100 miles away from Seattle. It’s a really small place. A very small community with a lot of people who have very small minds. Basically if you’re not prepared to join the logging industry, you’re going to be beaten up or run out of town. . . . Yeah, I was run out of town. They chased me up to the castle of Aberdeen with torches. Just like the Frankenstein monster. And I got away in a hot air balloon. And I came here to Seattle.