This is from GQ’s new Nirvana article:

1. Kurt, at least at first, wanted to be insanely famous. Alan Mintz, Nirvana lawyer:

I was a music attorney, and they came up to my office. I asked them, “What’s our goal here? Is it to do another record for Sub Pop?” Kurt leaned forward and said, “Get me off this blankin’ label—I want to sell millions of records.” They left me a cassette of their demo. The next day I was walking down the street, singing to myself and racking my brain: “What is that song?” It hit me that it was the chorus to “In Bloom.” I called the band and said, “Let’s do this.”

Dave Grohl:

One day we went to some record company in New York. We took the elevator to the sixty-sixth floor, walked into the president’s office. He was sitting at his big glass desk with his big leather chair. He looks at us: “So what do you guys want?” Kurt says, “We want to be the biggest band in the world.” Krist [Novoselic] and I look at him: “We do?” We laughed hysterically, because that was not gonna happen.

3. Kurt was supposed to play Eric Stoltz’s part in Pulp Fiction. Courtney Love:

At the same time, boy, was he excited when the scripts started coming in. You ever wonder why he thanked Quentin [Tarantino] on the back of In Utero? Quentin asked him to play Eric Stoltz’s part in Pulp Fiction. You can ask Quentin that, because it’s true.

  • Robert

    Damn, that would of been if he did acted in Pulp Fiction and played that part. Too bad that never happen. Maybe who knows that could prevented the suicide thing from happening if he went on and did some acting.

  • Ashley

    He and Courtney are more alike than I thought.

  • David

    I feel I have to draw attention to “seeked” in the article description where surely it should be “sought”.

  • zobilamouche

    2nd degree people…

  • Andrei

    When you think Pulp Fiction couldn’t have been better… you find out about this.

    I ALWAYS wondered why they thanked Quentin on In Utero.

    Now I know.

    Plus, the whole lawyer thingy also appears in Heavier Than Heaven but it’s presented through another POV. Kurt REALLY wanted off Sub Pop cause they weren’t doing anything to help the band.

    But in the end, I’m sure that’s what he really wanted, though. To be the biggest rock star on earth.

  • Dave

    So all along he just wanted money and fame. What a fucking scam. He acted like he was so tortured by fame but instead he was basking in it.

  • Marie

    This is preposterous.

  • greatjupiter

    Who knows what Kurt would have done if he didn’t kill himself?

  • Rick

    “Dave said:

    So all along he just wanted money and fame. What a fucking scam. He acted like he was so tortured by fame but instead he was basking in it.”

    that’s ridiculous. this happened over the course of a few years. if anything, it’s more a lesson in “watch what you wish for”, as all the fame he craved in 90-92 or so ended up eating him alive once he achieved it.

  • Jim

    So what, sell records, a movie, he was a genius that got ate up by a succubus, I miss him.

  • Waldo

    He said himself he wanted to be like Ringo Starr, to have the success but “not so exposed,” as opposed to the Voice of a Generation like John Lennon.

  • my name

    I heard Tarantino said on Howard Stern that he never asked Kurt Cobain to bee in the movie.

  • whocareswhatmynameis

    Can’t they put a cooler pic he looks funny in this one.

  • RödeOrm

    I dont wanna be THAT guy, but to defend Kurt, all his fans made this suicide/pain thing much bigger than it actually was. Youtube fans are the worst. Act like they know him. respectless pretentious glorifiing fucking wannabes.

  • Casper

    In the book Heavier Than Heaven they allude to how he wanted to be famous and in the limelight. Image and reality are two different things.

  • the_denier

    Quentin Tarantino (the guy who wrote and directed Pulp Fiction) denied that Kurt was offered any part or even wanted to have a part in it

  • GrungeJunkie

    Like every child that has their father walk out on them, he thought if he got famous his dad would come back. Courtney had the same issue and so did Layne Staley. When you get down to it, we all just want our parents’ acceptance.

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  • JD

    kurt never said he diddnt want to be famous and no one should ever act like they dont want to be rockstars themselves. kurt liked having fans and shit but he hated the press.