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Kurt Cobain having a cappuccino with Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt in Rome, Italy. November 28th, 1989 

Photograph by Bruce Pavitt

I adore the photos of Kurt in Rome (1989), although he looks very sad and kinda lost in most of them. Like a little squirrel wearing lots of clothes, if I may say so ❤ Kurt had a nervous break down during a show, his passport & wallet was stolen on a train and he missed home and his girlfriend Tracy, so Bruce and Jon decided to give Kurt a day off from touring. They spent one day sightseeing the wonders of Rome and Jon helped Kurt to phone home to Tracy. They also bought a new guitar for Kurt.

More photos and stories in Bruce Pavitt’s book Experiencing NIRVANA, Grunge in Europe, (1989)

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So an original Nirvana tour shirt is up on ebay the seller wants $2.000 for it. The interesting part about it is that the seller acquired it by trading Kurt a Blue Cheer shirt which he says is in the book “Cobain Unseen”. The image on the shirt is a nude photo of John Lennon & Yoko Ono with the subpop founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman’s faces over theirs.