Kurt Cobain, journalist Everett True, Krist Novoselic, Sub Pop’s Bruce Pavitt, San Francisco c. 1989-90

“This is before their show that night. We were just leaving the apartment that we were staying at, Bruce and I. This is just a snapshot; I had a point and shoot camera. I didn’t take very many of these kind of pictures for whatever reason, and I should have taken more. I just dug this one up recently. I love the $1.09 gas. It really puts [the photo] in time.” - Photographer Charles Peterson

On 12 September, 1995, Hilton Lewis Crawford from Conroe, Texas, called Carl and Paulette Everett, two friends of his, to confirm that they were attending an Amway meeting that evening. When the Everett’s arrived, Crawford was nowhere to be seen. Instead, knowing that their house was vacant, he drove over and knocked on the door. Their son, 12-year-old Samuel McKay Everett, opened the door, pleased to see a man he referred to as “Uncle Hilty.” However, the man the young boy trusted produced a foreign object and smacked Samuel over the head before throwing him in the trunk of his car. Carl and Paulette soon receive a phone call demanding $500,000 for the safe return of their beloved son. Crawford drove the young boy to Louisiana before shooting him twice in the head with a .45-caliber pistol and dumping him in a swamp. Luckily, a neighbour had seen Crawford pull up to the Everett home the night of the abduction. Blood stains were discovered in th trunk of the car and on the body of the car. An investigation revealed that Crawford had devised the kidnapping scheme in an attempt to cover his massive gambling debts. He was executed in February 2003. Ironically, he mentioned how his sons were his “greatest gifts from god” - something he hadn’t acknowledged when killing the son of his friend.

Olympia is associated with female artists: and that seems to me one of the main reasons why Nirvana were so different – and more interesting – than the rock bands that went before.

Kurt was clearly influenced by his female peers. “There are so many references in their lyrics,” agrees co-singer Carrie Brownstein. “Like in ‘Territorial Pissing’, it’s like he’s saying, ‘If I ever met a wise man, it would be a woman.’ It was like, whoa, you’re speaking the same rhetoric as Bikini Kill or Heavens to Betsy., but you’re couching it from a different perspective.

BOOK: Nirvana The Biography by Everett True

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