Next Impulse- Kurt Cobain is known for being from the Seattle area, but for a brief time from 1991-1992 he lived in Los Angeles with his pregnant girlfriend, Courtney Love. The couple lived in LA’s Fairfax District on Spaulding Avenue.
Interior designer Brandon Kleinman has been the apartment’s tenant since 2011 and has been renting the rock god’s bedroom out to Airbnb for the past couple of years. In a recent interview with Vulture, Kleinman says that “It gets rented out about four or five times a year. I think Airbnb buried the listing for some reason. I don’t get a lot of interest in it.”
According to a 2004 Los Angeles Times article by Charles R. Cross, the main activities that happened in the apartment were heroin and painting. Seems like the landlord was having trouble getting tenants for the apartment after advertising it as Cobain’s, Kleinman tells Vulture:
“The day I signed the lease, I was sitting with the landlord,” Kleinman says, “and as soon as I signed on the dotted line, he said, ‘Okay, now I can tell you the real story behind this apartment.’ He kept it a secret because he wasn’t getting great tenants when he advertised the apartment’s backstory. He went on to tell me about what it was like having Kurt Cobain live here, and what to watch for. It’s been funny. Once every 60 days or so, I’ll get a weird, older gentleman, a rocker-type dude, sort of a burnout, knocking on the door, saying, ‘Do you know what used to happen here?’”
Is this really that surprising? I mean, I was never a big Cobain guy. That shouldn't surprise too many people. After all, his interests were painting and heroin, and I suuuuuck at painting. Anyway, who is really interested in staying at Cobain's old place of residence? I would be mildly interesting in stopping by to look around for a few minutes, but actually pay to sleep there? No thank you. Who knows what kind of skeletons are in those closets? Why tempt the spirits of black tar past? I don't know about ghosts, but I wouldn't be surprised to find a real pale motherfucker shaking uncontrollably under the bed from heroin withdrawals. Never say never, but I would prefer not to sleep in a place where Courtney Love has been naked, you can call me prude. You think anyone has comfortably slept there without a preceding overdose? I know I wouldn't want to be the first.
You have to imagine the only people that are still obsessed with Kurt Cobain enough to sleep at his apartment are hardcore drug users, right? I'm not saying it's ever safe to do mushrooms, or meth, or heroin, but it's infinitely safer to do them in a place you are familiar with. That's Drug Abuse 101. Don't do drugs kids, but if you do, do them at home. Especially if the alternative is doing them in the old apartment of a suicidal rock star. Think about that for a second. In a drug fueled 80's and 90's music scene , Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were like the power couple of tying off. The most formidable pair of hallucinators there has ever been. The Bonnie and Clyde of narcotics. No wonder no one stays there. It would take an immeasurable amount of spoonfuls of brown sugar to do the place justice. You'd have to leave the place looking like the Jersey Shore in the late 80's to properly show respect. Used syringes everywhere. Not to familiar with AirBNB, but I'm sure it's somewhere in the fine print not to turn the place into a crack den. Then again, it takes a special kind of person to own Kurt Cobain's old stomping grounds.