The Reading / Listening - Kurt Cobain - Level 5

A cardigan worn by the singer Kurt Cobain on MTV broke the record for the most expensive cardigan ever sold at auction. An anonymous buyer paid an astonishing $334,000 for the item of clothing. It was in a two-day sale of rock memorabilia in New York. It attracted attention pre-auction after it was described as being "one of the most famous sweaters in music history". Mr Cobain wore the olive green and mohair cardigan while performing live on an MTV show in 1993 with his band Nirvana. He played a largely acoustic set of his favorite songs and some cover songs.



The Manhattan cardigan has reportedly not been washed since the MTV show. It has a hole in it from a cigarette burn. A buyer bought it in 2015 and he also wished to remain anonymous but has since spoken about his purchase. He described the responsibility he felt in owning such a famous piece of rock and roll history. He told reporters: "It was kind of like when my children were born years ago - I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no.'" For those who cannot afford to go to auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started a fashion collection called Kurt Was Here.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Kurt Cobain - Level 4 or  Kurt Cobain - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.itv.com/news/2019-10-27/kurt-cobain-s-mtv-unplugged-cardigan-sold-at-auction-for-a-record-260-000/
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/kurt-cobain-cardigan-nirvana-mtv-unplugged-auction-sale-hard-rock-cafe-new-york-a9173086.html
  • https://www.nme.com/news/music/kurt-cobains-mtv-unplugged-cardigan-sells-for-record-breaking-260000-2561505


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. broke the
  2. An anonymous buyer paid an
  3. a two-day sale of rock
  4. It attracted
  5. one of the most famous sweaters
  6. while performing live on
  7. a largely acoustic
  8. some cover
  1. in music history
  2. set
  3. astonishing $334,000
  4. memorabilia
  5. songs
  6. attention
  7. record
  8. an MTV show

Paragraph 2

  1. not been washed
  2. a hole in it from a cigarette
  3. wished to remain
  4. He described the responsibility he
  5. a famous piece of
  6. I was so happy
  7. those who cannot afford to
  8. Cobain's daughter has started
  1. go to auctions
  2. felt
  3. burn
  4. a fashion collection
  5. anonymous
  6. since the MTV show
  7. to see them
  8. rock and roll history

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A cardigan worn by the singer Kurt Cobain on MTV (1) ___________________ for the most expensive cardigan ever (2) ___________________. An anonymous buyer paid an astonishing $334,000 for the item of clothing. It was in a two-day (3) ___________________ memorabilia in New York. It attracted attention pre-auction after it was described as being "one of the (4) ___________________ in music history". Mr Cobain wore the olive green and mohair cardigan (5) ___________________ on an MTV show in 1993 with his band Nirvana. He played a largely acoustic set of his favorite songs and (6) ___________________.

The Manhattan cardigan (7) ___________________ been washed since the MTV show. It has a hole in it from (8) ___________________. A buyer bought it in 2015 and he also wished (9) ___________________ but has since spoken about his purchase. He described the responsibility he felt in owning such a famous (10) ___________________ and roll history. He told reporters: "It was kind of like when my children were born years ago - I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no.'" For those (11) ___________________ to go to auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started a (12) ___________________ Kurt Was Here.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AcardiganwornbythesingerKurtCobainonMTVbroketherecordforthe
mostexpensivecardiganeversoldatauction.Ananonymousbuyerpaid
anastonishing$334,000fortheitemofclothing.Itwasinatwo-daysal
eofrockmemorabiliainNewYork.Itattractedattentionpre-auctionaft
eritwasdescribedasbeing"oneofthemostfamoussweatersinmusichis
tory".MrCobainworetheolivegreenandmohaircardiganwhileperformi
ngliveonanMTVshowin1993withhisbandNirvana.Heplayedalargelya
cousticsetofhisfavoritesongsandsomecoversongs.TheManhattancar
diganhasreportedlynotbeenwashedsincetheMTVshow.Ithasaholeini
tfromacigaretteburn.Abuyerboughtitin2015andhealsowishedtorem
ainanonymousbuthassincespokenabouthispurchase.Hedescribedth
eresponsibilityhefeltinowningsuchafamouspieceofrockandrollhistor
y.Hetoldreporters:"Itwaskindoflikewhenmychildrenwerebornyears
ago-Iwassohappytoseethem,butthenIwaslike,'Ohno.'"Forthosewho
cannotaffordtogotoauctions,MrCobain'sdaughterhasstartedafashio
ncollectioncalledKurtWasHere.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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