Kurt Cobain’s height has been listed anywhere from 5’7″ to 5’10” with most agreeing on around 5’9″. Kurt had scoliosis and a spinal curvature as well as the bad posture he sang about in the song “Pennyroyal Tea“.
“I have very bad posture”
All of those factors may have contributed to him looking shorter than he really was. Cobain’s Washington State issued drivers license had him listed at 5’11” but there is no way he was that tall.
It’s pretty tough to get a good gauge Kurt’s height as it seems to change photo to photo. Here are a few photos of Kurt standing straight next to Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl (6’0″) and Krist Novoselic (6’7″).
When Nirvana performed on Saturday Night Live on September 23, 1993 the host was NBA star Charles Barkley who is a confirmed 6’5″.
This is a screenshot of a recently deleted youtube video of Dave Grohl during a Foo Fighters performance using his hands and describing Kurt as little…
I also found a few photos of Dave standing next to Kurt at a house party that seem to confirm that Dave guesstimate of Kurt’s height on stage that night was about right.
Check out this photo of Cobain and Flea (5’6″) from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Cobain is clearly a little taller than Flea putting him at around 5’8″ to 5’9″.