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Lot #3073
Kurt Cobain Handwritten Nirvana Setlist

In the hand of Kurt, Nirvana's setlist for the 1991 'Rock for Choice' benefit show

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In the hand of Kurt, Nirvana's setlist for the 1991 'Rock for Choice' benefit show

Sought-after setlist written by Kurt Cobain for Nirvana’s appearance at the inaugural ‘Rock for Choice’ benefit concert held at the The Palace in Los Angeles, California, on October 25, 1991, unsigned, penned in black felt tip on an off-white 8 x 10.75 sheet, which features a total of 16 songs: “Sunbeam,” “Aneurysm,” “Drain You,” “School,” “Floyd Lawson,” “About a Girl,” “Polly,” “Breed,” “Sliver,” “Love Buzz,” “Lithium,” “Been a Son,” which has been struck through and replaced with “Blandest,” “On a Plain,” “Neg Crepe,” “Blew,” and “Been a Son.” Bottom edge retains the original packing tape, which was affixed to the side of a stage amplifier. In very good condition, with missing right side and overall creasing. Includes an original ticket stub to the concert. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from REAL. This incredible piece of grunge rock history was recently held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with loan agreements and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipients detailing how the setlist was obtained. 

The first Rock for Choice concert was held at the Palace on Vine Street in Hollywood, California on October 25, 1991, and featured Nirvana, Hole, L7, and Sister Double Happiness as performers. Concert attendees were encouraged to speak out about women's issues from a politically progressive angle, especially abortion rights, subject matter Cobain—a vocal supporter of the pro-choice movement—would later use for the song 'Pennyroyal Tea.' Prior to the concert Cobain received death threats from a small number of anti-abortion activists, with one threatening to shoot Cobain as soon as he appeared on stage. Setlists written in the hand of Cobain are exceedingly rare, with this particular example all the more significant given its relation to the famed Rock for Choice concert.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: #592 - Ended September 11, 2020

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