Speaking with BBC Breakfast about the 30th anniversary of the game-changing and culture-defining record, Grohl reminisced how “at the time, we were rehearsing at this barn, writing the songs that would become Nevermind.
“We lived in a tiny apartment, I slept on the couch, Kurt slept in the room.
“We had no money so we didn’t have food, but we did have 99 cents a day. If you could manage to budget three corn dogs in a 24-hour period, you could survive on that, and we did.
“What we really survived on was the music. That’s the thing, is that if we didn’t have those songs, or we didn’t have that band, or didn’t have the music, I think everyone would’ve just packed up and gone home.”
Grohl has recently been performing his new one-man stage show The Storyteller in London, telling the stories of his life in Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and more, based on his new book of the same name.
“I’m basically writing from the perspective of someone that feels like they’re having an out-of-body experience,” he recently told BBC.
“I can’t believe this has happened to me – whether it’s getting to jam with one of my all-time heroes, or just being able to jump on a plane, have a drink, and fly to the next town to play to thousands of people.
“Every day I have these moments where I think ‘Oh, this is what I’m going to see just before I die.'”
Check out photos of the show’s debut, captured and published by Kerrang! here and watch Nirvana ripping through ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in dollar-a-day mode below.