KURT COBAIN’s Friend Reveals How Much Money KURT Got From His First Royalty Check

Kurt Cobain‘s friend John Purkey talked about late NIRVANA frontman receiving his very first royalty check way back in the day, saying in a video on his YouTube channel the Observer (see video below):

“So, I went down to visit Kurt, I get there and he’s like cooking a little bit of leftovers of a frozen pizza and he split it with me. I was actually hungry, I was like, ‘Shit man, a frozen pizza, that’s awesome!’

“And about the same time the mail shows up at his door. And it’s a letter from ASCAP or BMI and it was a royalty check for radio play for – I remember specifically – ‘Blew’ and ‘About a Girl,’ and it was for $18.

“I was like, ‘Wow! You know, that’s awesome you got a royalty check.’ It wasn’t that much but still, it was probably more than what Kurt had in his pocket. At that point I was lucky if I had $5, $10 in my pocket, you know.

“So, we walk downtown to the bank and he cashed the check. And then we went to a local bar or whatever and got some pizza. I don’t remember. It was like by the 4th Ave Tavern in Olympia. We got pizza, played some pool and yeah, it was a good, a good memory.

“You know, hanging out with Kurt was just like that, pretty much – just hanging out with a friend. He was really a good guy. He was always, he had some video, or a song or something to show me that he’d been working on.”