Maggie Poukkula, a 19-year-old teen from Seattle, initially thought that she was just sharing a “cool” photo of her father playing with Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain back in 1987. It turned out that the photo was one of a kind as it captured Nirvana’s first ever concert in history.
Seattle teen was oblivious she has the photo of Nirvana’s first concert ever
On July 15, Poukkula casually tweeted a photo strip of her father, Tony Poukkula, jamming with Nirvana back in 1987. She discovered the rare find inside her father’s book documenting Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. One of her Twitter followers pointed out the fact that the photo is from the band’s first-ever concert in March during that year. Asked if she has more photos, Poukkula simply said that she will have to ask her father.
Although she was aware that the photo strip is a “cool” find, she realized the sweeping significance of the photo when Rolling Stone asked for an exclusive interview.
“I had no idea that those were during Nirvana’s first concert,” Poukkula told the 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 realize it was such a historical thing. I thought they were just cool pictures of my dad and Kurt jamming together.” Poukkula said.
Pictures of my dad and Kurt Cobain playing together back in the day😎 pic.twitter.com/y7lXh6acVn
— Maggie (@mjpoukkula) July 16, 2015
The photo’s backstory
Poukkula’s dad hosted Nirvana’s show in the basement of his house in Raymond, Washington in 1987. The photo, aside from capturing a historical moment about the band, also captured the friendship shared between the two men. Her dad and Cobain were childhood friends.
The photo also showed Nirvana at the time when members were consisted of Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard.
Rare Kurt Cobain Photo is going viral
It's going viral now! I can't believe it haha https://t.co/Uq4zt6B6vA
— Maggie (@mjpoukkula) July 21, 2015
The story is already making rounds in the social media sphere. Aside from TV interviews, Poukkula had also made it in the headlines of international news networks. The story was already reported by Australia Broadcasting Network, The Sydney Morning Herald The Daily Mail and the Irish Independent.
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