“The Orange and Blue” also known as Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama
In 1983, basketball player Charles Barkley from Leeds, Alabama was on the Auburn University basketball team before going pro.
After we met in ’83, Kurt Cobain wanting to make a public connection to me, made a connection to Barkley. This is not only because Barkley grew up in a small town near where I grew up in Trussville, but also because there is a city near where Kurt grew up in Washington also named Auburn.
I’ve mentioned that Courtney Love showed up in our lives in late ’84 looking for a part in the movie (Love Kills) Sid & Nancy. Kurt asked her to have a picture taken which she claims was taken while still a teenager at Hillcrest juvenile hall and I do believe that is Kurt in the picture with her. Her hair is dyed red, almost the color of mine.
In 1993 Barkley was asked to appear on SNL with Nirvana.
There is one more connection to Auburn and that is to Michael Hutchence. Hutch was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Auburn is a suburb in western Sydney and named after Oliver Goldsmith’s poem The Desserted Village, which describes ‘Auburn’ in England as the loveliest village of the plain.