For someone who was famously private and is said to have committed suicide (at least in part) due to his inability to deal with media intrusion, Kurt Cobain is still as fascinating a figure as he always was to a whole lot of people. In spite of his near reclusive life, Cobain's suicide note and personal journals are in the public domain - the former being leaked by the media and the latter had their publishing rights sold by Courtney Love. Now Cobain's childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington is on the market and fan has launched a GoFundMe.com campaign to raise funds to buy it and turn it into a museum.
We don't think Cobain would have appreciated having his childhood dissected in this manner but journalist Jamie Dunkle, who is leading the campaign, doesn't seem to agree.
"We're making sure this house is memorialized by us fans so it doesn't end up in the clutches of capitalist greed", she told Rolling Stone. "This museum will reflect the anti-commercialism spirit of Nirvana."
To assist her drive for funds, Dunkle recently visited the house armed with a video camera and shot footage from inside Cobain's bedroom. The Nirvana frontman's room reflects his developing music tastes, as hand-drawn logos for bands like Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden are scribbled on the wall.
Despite the house having a market value of just $67,000 it has been listed at $500,000. Dunkle's financial drive aims to gather up funds to the tune of $700,000 to operate the house as a museum. Donors will be given discounts on visits to the museum, t-shirts or, if you pledge $1,000, you can stay in Cobain's room for a sleepover. Yep, seriously.
The drive has been live for 17 days and has raised a total of $135 so far.