It's been nearly two decades since Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, passed away and yet, his presence is still strongly felt in the musical community. Kurt's talent was palpable and even now his fanbase continues to grow — as new generations are introduced to songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Come As You Are" and "Lithium" — just to name a few classics. As is the case with many deceased celebrities, the hunt to find new and rare memorabilia is never-ending. People want to hold onto to their favorite artists for as long as possible, it's just that simple. Often times, people will try to sell the memorabilia, which, to be fair, seems wrong — profiting off the dead and what not. This time, however, a friend of Cobain has come forward, releasing four Nirvana demo tapes for free on YouTube.
According to SPIN Tacoma musician John Purkey alleges that the demo tapes below were personally given to him by Kurt Cobain. It's clear within the first seconds of listening that the tapes are raw, offering an authentic, nostalgic feel. The first and second demo tapes are featured below.
In total the tapes span over two hours! A fan could easily spend an entire day dedicated to these demos, stopping and starting — each time finding something new and unique to Kurt. Purkey adds some voice over context, giving a pseudo-documentary or podcast feel. Having kept the tapes hidden in metal boxes for years, we commend him for sharing them with Nirvana's fanbase. After all, it's a piece of history that deserves to be heard.
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