Kurt Cobain Royalty Check Found in Record Store
Staff at Easy Street Records found the item among a collection that had been purchased in the ‘90s. The Chemical Bank check from the BMI was made out to “Kurt D Cobain” at an address in Olympia, Wash.
“We just found it … or should say noticed it,” store owner Matt Vaughan told NME, explaining that the collection also included a number of Nirvana tour itineraries. “We looked through ‘em a little, but just put ‘em in storage. Seemed like every band in Seattle had tour itinerary books … wasn’t uncommon to run across one.”
He also found a money order payable to Cobain’s landlord, a backstage pass and a doctor’s bill. NME noted that the check was worth about $50 at current values. “We’re guessing the next royalty checks were a bit larger,” Easy Street Records noted in an Instagram post that included a photo of the check.
"I just couldn’t imagine 35,000 people getting together to see bands like Mudhoney or Nirvana," the Foo Fighters leader said. "It just didn’t happen in America. … I was fucking terrified. I would wake up every morning in this panic attack in a fit of anxiety. …When we got there that day, I realized how big it really was.”