‘I Didn’t Know Until This Year That The Name Cobain Was Irish’

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In the latest installment of the PBS Blank on Blank animated interview series, Kurt Cobain talks to Jon Savage in 1993 about, among other things, identity.

Previously: Janis Joplin

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Update: Transcript on his Cork connection.

Kurt Cobain: “My mother has always tried to keep a little bit of English culture in our family. We drink tea all the time. Tea, yeah. Although I’ve never really known my ancestry. I didn’t even know until this year that the name Cobain is Irish. I found out, through different phone books, throughout America,  couldn’t find any Cobains at all, so I started calling Coburns. And I found this one lady in San Francisco and she had been researching our family history and we came from County Cork, which is a weird coincidence because, when we toured, we played in Cork. And the entire day I walked around in a daze. I’ve never felt more spiritual in my life. I was almost in tears the whole day. It’s the weirdest thing.”