Kurt Cobain

The staff at a record store in Seattle found something unusual in a collection from the ‘90s — a royalty check issued to Kurt Cobain of Nirvana

The check, which dates back to 1991, was found at Easy Street Records. 

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The check was made to Kurt D. Cobain of Olympia, Washington and was dated March 6 of that year, a few months prior to the band’s mega-success with Nevermind. It was from Broadcast Music Inc. 

The store owner Matt Vaughan told NME that they found the check randomly included a collection of Nirvana tour itineraries. NME notes the check is probably worth $50 now due to inflation. 

“We looked through them a little, but just put them in storage. Seemed like every band in Seattle had tour itinerary books … wasn’t uncommon to run across one.” he said. 

Easy Street Records also took to Instagram to share a photo of the once-in-a-lifetime find. 


“Royalty check found at Easy Street today. #kurtcobain@nirvana This is dated 03/06/91, 6 months before #nevermind would change the face of the planet. We’re guessing the next royalty checks were a bit larger than only…. $26.57,” the caption read. You can see it below. 

More Nirvana news

Nirvana performed a show in Seattle in 1993 that later was featured on their widely-popular Live And Loud release. Now, fans can view the original footage from the show on the band’s YouTube channel for the first time ever. 

The iconic performance took place on December 13 at Pier 48 in the city. The band, comprised of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, were touring In Utero at the time. 

MTV broadcasted the show that was released on DVD in 2013. However, now that the band put it on YouTube, fans can stream it for free for the first time ever. 

The band uploaded the videos each song from the record individually, with the only one missing being the band’s cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”. 

You can see all the videos that were uploaded to the Nirvana channel below. 

You can also stream Live And Loud below. 

What do you think of the check made out to Kurt Cobain being found? Sound off in the comments down below!

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