As recently reported, someone claiming to be Kurt Cobain’s former roommate created a listing on Craigslist, advertising the sale of several of what he claimed to be Cobain’s belongings. It has now been revealed that the ad was a hoax by Sub Pop Records receptionist Derek Erdman.
Erdman said that the idea struck him on Friday morning when he was “supposed to be working on something else”. “I created a diversion,” he told Revolt. “Then I ignored it and went back to work. A few hours later I did an interview with CBC radio about it. Later that night I met a TV news crew (with cameras!) at the aforementioned Safeway for an interview, but they called my bluff and asked for ID. I told them that I was a one time bass player for ’90s band Gruntruck. They didn’t buy it, and they were visibly not happy about me wasting their time, I was wearing a flannel shirt though.”
“I’ve gotten a lot of replies from ‘serious collectors’ and people who will pay for shipping,” Erdman continued. “Have you ever shipped skis? That sounds like it would be really difficult.”