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Posts Tagged ‘Kurt Cobain’

Salon Revisits the Time an NYT Reporter Was ‘Swung on the Flippity-Flop’

RickyMarinPicIn hindsight, one of the few consolations is the fact that social media had not yet reared its Hydra-heads when the New York Times was fooled by a Seattle woman’s faux grunge glossary. Can you imagine the hashtags that would have sprung from the 1992 article being exposed the following year as having been victimized by a hoax?

If you’re too young to remember “grunge speak” or if the details have become a little hazy, click on over to author and musician Tom Maxwell‘s fun piece on Salon, hitched to the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death. (Shockingly, the Web archived version of the November 21, 1992 NYT piece still features the erroneous sidebar and some wrong-employer attribution for the hoaxer.) From Maxwell’s article:

Thomas Frank (now a Salon contributor) revealed the hoax in The Baffler’s winter-spring 1993 issue and explained that: “[Gag lexicon author Megan] Jasper was surprised by the various journalists’ ’weird idea that Seattle was this incredibly isolated thing,’ with a noticeably distinct rock culture. The result of this credulity was that, as Ms. Jasper puts it, ‘I could tell [the interviewer] anything. I could tell him people walked on their hands to shows.’”

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Neil Strauss Shares Outrageous Courtney Love Tale

The title of Neil Strauss new tome Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, out today from It Books, is apparently something rocker Courtney Love was once willing to take very much to heart.

As part of his ongoing promotional activities for the compilation of expanded celebrity interviews, Strauss tells Radar Online that he and the singer almost came together for a once-in-a-lifetime posthumous ritual. If not for the fact that the journalist-author was saying no at the time to drugs, things might have turned out very differently:

“She was serious when she made the offer,” Strauss revealed. “She actually said she would offer his [Kurt Cobain] ashes to me first to snort and then said she would like them to. But the idea was nixed as I don’t do coke.”

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Never Sent Kurt Cobain Hate Mail to MTV Up for Auction

A  1993 letter to MTV from Nirvana rock god Kurt Cobain is on the auction block.

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This Month Marks the 15th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s Death

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Anne Ichikawa commemorates Kurt Cobain and the loss of Sassy – all in an interview with Christina Kelly who penned the cover story with Kurt and Courtney in ’92.

It’s all at I Heart Daily. Go there.

Courtney Love On Despicable Kurt Cobain Ad Campaign

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Courtney Love has convinced punk shoe brand Dr. Martens to drop their ad campaign featuring her dead husband, Kurt Cobain. Corbis licensed the images to Saatchi & Saatchi for the campaign, and in the UK, didn’t need publicity clearance from deceased celebs. Translation: Love didn’t get paid. Tony Pierce grilled Kate Stanners, the Saatchi account exec. about the ads.

Love, whose good taste is legendary, complained that the use of Cobain’s image without permission is despicable.

Selling off his childhood possessions is not.

Use of Cobain’s music in CSI:Miami is not.

The ringtone contest is not.

Kurt Cobain, who shot himself in 1994, earned over $50 million last year.