Episode #26 | 3.19.19

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love 2: Suicide Samurai

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Grunge, grief, the Grateful Dead and a “teenage whore.” Part 2 of the Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love story picks up with Courtney’s ascent and the couple’s heroin hazed pregnancy. An escape from rehab and a punk as f*ck group hug for Gen X.

Extra Credit

This episode was co-written with Ellen Thibault. Editorial and writing assistance by Pat Healy.


Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross

Cobain: Montage of Heck, A Film by Brett Morgen

Vanity Fair: Strange Love, The Story of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love by Lyn Hirschberg

Huffington Post: Courtney Love Admits to Using Heroin While Pregnant With Frances Bean Cobain

Kurt Cobain Journals

VH1 Behind The Music, Courtney Love

Musician Magazine: Territorial Pissings by Michael Azzerad

Clash: Evan Dando Talks Cobain

Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.


Score by Jake Brennan.

Mixed and engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, “Crenshaw Space Boogie” written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Jay Cannava, and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor. Additional music and score elements by Ryan Spraker.

Episode mix doctoring by Pat Dicenzo. Bryce Kanzer and Joel Edinburgh, additional scoring. Ad music by Ian Kennedy.

*illustrations by Avi Spivak @avispivak