Grandad’s Legacy Spirit Like Kurt Cobain


29th September 2017

One of the things I would love to do for my children and Grandchildren when I die is leave some form of living legacy.

The type of thing I mean is that which lives on after me and gives a contribution to the family. Something that keeps making them think and say “Good old Dad/Grandad.”

Something like a major book series, or a character or a brand that keeps bringing in a reasonable royalty cheque. Also as in the way songs and recordings do for the writers and singers.

J K Rowling will do leave a major living legend in the royalty from Harry Potter books.  Ian Fleming did it with The Bond books. It’s like Shakespeare or Dickens, Enid Blyton, and Elvis Presley. The list is endless.

Sadly it ain’t going to happen for my family, they’ll just have the memories, a huge collection of photographs and meaningless words and the odd laugh.

The thing thatbrought it to mind is that I read this on the MSN website yesterday:

“Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, makes nearly $100,000 a month because of her late father’s legendary band, it was revealed in court documents.

The 24-year-old is in the middle of a nasty divorce with Isaiah Silva, and her finances were detailed in the divorce paperwork.

According to The Blast, Frances said that between July 2016 and June 2017, she pulled in $6,784 a month in dividends. She also raked in $95,496 a month from her late father’s publicity rights.

Isaiah is challenging her amount of publicity rights in Nirvana.

Above: Frances Bean Cobain- Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love’s daughter

In court documents, she also lists that she spends $206,000 a month. While that sounds like a lot — and it is — she can certainly afford it. Frances is reportedly worth $11.3 million in stocks, bonds, and other property, The Blast says. Kurt and Courtney Love’s daughter also has a huge stake in Nirvana’s music rights, and it’s already been determined that Isaiah has no right to any of that.

Frances filed for divorce from Isaiah in March 2016 after nearly two years of marriage. The split is anything but amicable.

Earlier this year, the two went to court over Kurt’s 1959 Martin 18-DE electric/acoustic guitar, the guitar the Nirvana rocker used in his iconic “Unplugged” performance. It’s believed to have been the last guitar he played before his death in April 1994.

Frances asked a judge handling their case to force Isaiah to give up the guitar, which he said in 2016 that he intended to keep because he believed Frances gave it to him as a gift after their 2014 wedding.

The guitar doesn’t just have sentimental value. TMZ reported it was once insured for $1 million and given its ownership history and the fact that the model arrived on the market in 1959 and was discontinued within a year likely means it’s worth “several million” dollars today.”

Back to me: Hopefully my daughters won’t end up in the divorce court. But whatever happens at least in my case nobody will get anything to argue over, except who’s going to clear all the stuff I’ve hoarded over the years.

So some good will come out of it. And at least the thought was there, and I would if I could.



Human beings are like tea bags. You don’t know your own strength until you get into hot water. Bruce Laingen


Happiness is…being able to leave a legacy that will live on for hundreds of years after you die keeping your memory alive. (Like Shakespeare, Dickens, Elvis, Salvador Dahli


The 80s were great because I didn’t have to look at anyone’s selfies.


Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967) – Did not chart in UK.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross’ first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Diana Ross & The Supremes recorded a version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” which was more faithful to the Terrell-Gaye original version as a duet with The Temptations. That song was an album cut from a joint LP released by Motown Records in 1968 on the two superstar groups, titled Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations.