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    Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:43:00

    Book: Kurt Cobain Wanted to Open a Petting Zoo - The claim is made in a book about the history of grunge

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    Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain dreamed of opening his own petting zoo. This claim was made by the author of a new book about the history of grunge!

    Journalist Mark Yarm penned Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge and he gleaned the interesting fact about Cobain's desire to open a petting zoo from record label boss Bruce Pavitt.

    Pavitt, who is Sub Pop Records' co-founder, told Yarm, "He (Cobain) was a sensitive guy who really liked kids and animals. I remember the first time I visited his apartment, he had, like, three different cages of gerbils. I got the impression he liked animals more than a lot of people."

    Pavitt continued, "He talked about maybe starting a petting zoo. He was just kind of musing. The energy I was getting was kind of magical: ‘I can pretty much do anything I want. I'd like to start a petting zoo.'"

    Pavitt also drew parallels between Cobain and fellow musician Michael Jackson, who also seemed the struggle with fame. Pavitt said, "In a lot of ways, Kurt reminded me of Michael Jackson. Think about it: Neverland … having a passion for kids and animals. I found it somewhat ironic. If I'd heard those same words coming out of Michael Jackson, I wouldn't have been surprised at all."

    Are you going to read Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.08.11



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