In this alternative universe where Kurt Cobain followed through with his threat to break up Nirvana, In Utero would have never existed.
A recently discovered letter to David Geffen penned by Kurt Cobain sees the Nirvana frontman irate over the 1992 Vanity Fair profile by Lynn Hirschberg. The profile was on Courtney Love, and reported that Love was using heroin while pregnant with Frances Bean Cobain. Vehemently denying Hirschberg’s claims, Kurt felt “so extremely pissed off about this piece of trash journalism” that in his letter to Geffen, he felt “forced” to break up Nirvana.
Thankfully, Nirvana continued to exist despite such threats, perhaps having to do with Geffen’s letter in response. Even so, the Vanity Fair profile—which the publication still stands by and Courtney Love still hasn’t forgiven—did its damage: Cobain and Love’s newborn was temporarily taken away from her parents’ home.
Kurt Cobain’s letter will be going up for auction on May 21 at New Yorks’ Hard Rock Café, according to The Daily Mail, and could reach as high a $30,000.
Take a look at both letters and read Kurt’s in full below.
Dear David Geffen,
Hi my name is Kurt Cobain, Im the lead singer, guitar and songwriter for the band NIRVANA. Supposedly, Ive made your company a lot of money. Oh well, it never was a goal of mine to be part of the mainstream corporate world, but once I entered it I realized that there are other employees especially at DGC who are as honest and sincere about music and have basically the same values as I have. Ive never met you I guess because Ive never wanted to. Kind of a big boss phobia of mine but something so severely defremating towards my family has come up in an article in Vanity Fair that has forced me to decide on breaking up my band. The article suggests that Courtney and I have been taking heroin continuously throughout her pregnancy which is not true. Courtney found out she was pregnant within the first month of our drug binge. She stopped using and has since been visiting Danny Goldbergs pediatrician on a regular basis. The doctors prognosis is that our child is in excellent health and theres no need to worry about anything. But this article has outright accused my wife of all kinds of hideously vile things to the point where Ive never seen such a crucifixion in a magazine. The womans entire objective was to harm Courtney and now after you read the article (I hope) something may be done about it. You may not even be aware that Courtneys band Hole is also on DGC. They are a very important band to be heard especially my wifes openess and embrace of womens rights and homosexuality. This person who wrote the article Lynn Hirschberg must have her karma broken. Some way. Its either her or me. I love my wife and soon to be new daughter too much to let everyones low opinions of us ruin our lives together. I am now in rehab going on 18 days and Im really looking forward to having a family at this point fuck NIRVANA. Ive never admitted to using drugs in articles because I dont want my fans to do the same. We are capable of displaying a healthy attitude before our audience and the next record is easily as good as the last one, but Im so extremely pissed off about this piece of trash journalism that Ill lay anything on the line for the love of my wife and daughter.
Sincerely Kurt Cobain.