Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Who is Kurt Cobain's grandpa?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 11:59 AM

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​Our sister paper, The Seattle Weekly, recently posted a profile of Kurt Cobain's grandfather, Leland Cobain, who is the only member of the Cobain family that is willing to talk to the press. (It's called "About A Grandson.") In case you keep tabs on the revolving shitstorm of the Nirvana universe, Frances Bean Cobain just turned 18 last week -- do you feel old yet? -- and Courtney Love went on a Twitter rampage begging her to come home, since she is now legally of age. (Typical.) Here's a strange peek into the life of Kurt Cobain that's a little less tabloid-like.

Flavorwire has pulled 10 favorite facts from The Seattle Weekly's profile of Leland Cobain.

Here's number one:

Leland Cobain has his famous grandson's sky-blue eyes and wry smile. His salt-and-pepper hair is cropped short and his sturdy frame gives way to a round Buddha belly. At 86, the patriarch of the Cobain family is less ambulatory than he'd like, and his hearing is nearly shot. He spends his days inside a cluttered double-wide trailer in the small community of Montesano, roughly 10 miles east of Aberdeen, where Kurt grew up.

More after the jump.

2. Leland's home is "a mini-Graceland of Kurt Cobain memorabilia," covered in photos and fan portraits of Kurt.

3. If you write a letter to Leland about Kurt, you'll receive "a handwritten note and a few photocopied pictures of Kurt."

4. If you request to visit Leland, "the answer... is always yes."

5. Leland is the only member of the Cobain family who will talk publicly about Kurt.

6. Courtney Love isn't a big fan of Leland: He's suggested that Kurt was murdered. As a result, he hasn't seen Frances Bean since she was a toddler.

7. Leland didn't begin to speak about Kurt's death until his wife passed away, in 1997.

8. Want to talk to Leland on the phone? His number is listed in the local phone book. (We tried a whitepages.com search. It works.)

9. While Leland generally indulges Kurt's fans, he admits that some are nuts: "A woman from Sweden sent me some paintings. She's actually in love with Kurt. She talks to him every day. Boy, she's really got it."

10. The bottom line on Leland: "He's just lonely, and he wants you to sit with him. He's said all there is to say about Kurt Cobain, yet he'll gladly repeat himself if it means a few hours of company."

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