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Chris wants Nirvana jumper back

By Maureen Coleman mcoleman@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

AN Ulsterman who sold rock legend Kurt Cobain his trademark black and red jumper 12 years ago is now hoping to buy it back.

AN Ulsterman who sold rock legend Kurt Cobain his trademark black and red jumper 12 years ago is now hoping to buy it back.

Chris Black from Whithead met the Nirvana star at the King's Hall after he blagged his way into the gig.

Chris, an 18-year-old punk at the time, was wearing a Dennis the Menace jumper, which caught the eye of Cobain's partner Courtney Love.

On tonight's Across The Line programme on BBC2, Chris recalls how Courtney offered him £35 for the jumper, which she passed onto her husband as a gift.

He said: "Me and my mate Marshy decided to head up to King's Hall to meet with some mates.

"We didn't have tickets but somehow I managed to get in. I was right up at the front and there were some young lads diving into the crowd, including one with blond dreadlocks.

"I had the same hairstyle at the time and when the bouncers went looking for him, they got me instead.

"I was backstage with them when Nirvana's bass player came out and saw what was going on. He invited me to meet the band.

"Courtney came over and told me she loved my jumper and could she have it."

Chris was reluctant to part with his favourite garment, but when she offered him £35, he took the cash.

"I had no idea what she was planning to do with the jumper, but then I saw Kurt wearing it on several occasions.

"It's a bit strange to think that the jumper went from me to Kurt Cobain."

Chris, who lives in Bradford and plays in a punk band called Motley Crudos, said he now planned to get the jumper back.

"I've a few friends playing in bands in the US and I've put some feelers out," he said. "With any luck I'll get the jumper back and it will have come full circle."

lAcross the Line, presented by Donna Legge and David 'Rigsy' O'Reilly, is on BBC 2 at 10pm.

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