Kurt Cobain’s Smashed Nirvana guitar from Smells like Teen Spirit’ is up for grabs
The American musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana has a great fan following. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album Bleach released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. Kurt Cobain’s guitar, which he smashed in Nirvana’s classic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video, will go under the hammer in London next month and is expected to fetch 40,000 dollars (25,000 pounds), it has been revealed.
The instrument is said to be one of the highlights at Christie’s upcoming entertainment memorabilia sale on 29 November, Contactmusic reported.The guitar was brought by Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic from a pawn shop days before the promo was filmed. Expected to fetch as much as $40,000, this 1960s Japanese Zen-on bass guitar which originally belonged to bassist Krist Novoselic, was especially purchased from a pawn shop for the filming of video, being well aware that it would be smashed into bits during the shoot.
Nothing affects the raw power of a legendary guitarist like a strong percussionist. Kurt Cobain knew this well and sought out a young woman he felt would be the perfect addition to his band, Nirvana. In the new documentary Hit So Hard, Patty Schemel — who rose to fame as the drummer for Hole and the nearly anointed apple of Cobain’s eye — gets her much-deserved moment in the sun. The film boasts hours of archival footage of Schemel in action during Hole’s attack on the mid-1990s music charts.
Schemel also unearths details of her substance abuse during those years, while making intimate new disclosures about the band. There are never-before-seen moments featuring Cobain, as well as interviews with other notables including Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum, Hole’s front woman Courtney Love and Kate Schellenbach from the iconic all-female music group, Luscious Jackson (to name just a few).