Discovering 28-year-old photos in one of your dad’s old books is practically a rite of passage for many teenagers. When those photos turn out to be from the first ever show put on by one of the most popular bands of all time, it tends to be a bit more significant.
That’s exactly what happened to Maggie Poukkula, 19, who found some old photos of a Nirvana show that her father had put on in his basement in Raymond, Washington in spring 1987. Poukkula tweeted out her exciting discovery and as the photos began going viral, she became aware of the actual significance of her discovery.
Pictures of my dad and Kurt Cobain playing together back in the day
I had no idea that those were during Nirvana’s first concert,” Poukkula told Rolling Stone. “My dad showed me them a while back, but he never mentioned that’s what was going on in the photos. I found out because of all the articles. I didn’t realise it was such a historical thing. I thought they were just cool pictures of my dad and Kurt jamming together.”
Tony Poukkula’s keepsakes show a pre-fame Nirvana — comprised of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and original drummer Aaron Burckhard — that was still finding its sound. The show was actually disasterous for the young band, as they were poorly received by the small basement crowd and Cobain actually walked out about an hour into the show.
Of course, the band would eventually regroup and conquer the musical world but not before leaving behind this cool memento that would take almost 30 years to be unearthed.
(via The Guardian)