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Dave Grohl Shares How Nirvana Survived On Less Than A Dollar A Day While Writing Nevermind

by : Julia Banim on : 30 Sep 2021 07:41
Dave Grohl Shares How Nirvana Survived On Less Than A Dollar A Day While Writing NevermindDave Grohl Shares How Nirvana Survived On Less Than A Dollar A Day While Writing NevermindAlamy

Dave Grohl has opened up about how he and his Nirvana bandmates lived off less than a dollar a day while writing their second studio album, Nevermind.

Being notably more polished than their debut 1989 album, Bleached, Nevermind was a huge commercial success and catapulted Nirvana to stratospheric success.

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Launched in 1991, Nevermind marked a significant turning point in the history of American rock music, bringing Seattle grunge right to the forefront of mainstream popular culture. It also saw the bandmates’ net worth rise considerably.

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At the time of his tragic death in 1994, frontman Kurt Cobain had amassed a fortune of around $50 million, with his estate worth approximately $450 million by 2014, as per CNBC.

However, before the release of Nevermind, Cobain and his bandmates were still very much under the radar, and their bank balances reflected this.

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Looking back at this pivotal time during a recent interview with BBC Breakfast, Grohl, who is now estimated to be worth around $320 million, recalled how they lived off gas station corndogs during the writing process, having no money for anything else.

Grohl, 52, revealed how there had been a gas station right across the street from the apartment he’d shared with Cobain, which had a ‘three for 99 cent corndog deal’.

He recalled:

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We lived in a tiny apartment, I slept on the coach, Kurt slept in the room. We had no money so we didn’t have food, but we did have 99 cents a day.

And if you could manage to budget three corndogs in a 24 hour period, you could survive on that, and we did.

Although, despite the band’s limited funds, Grohl remarked that ‘what we really survived on was the music’.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Music, Dave Grohl, Nirvana, Now

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