By best friend through high schools dad. Went to lots of shows and rehearsals. Quite cool for a kid who played violin from age 7, and sax from age 9.
Then a guy I knew since middle school named Russel. Russel played guitar, wore grunge clothes, and serenaded girls. His dad sold me my first car (74 VW beetle), his girlfriend knew me (maybe 5 years older) and she hired me for my first job. She was ok.
He could play, at a level better than anyone else I knew. I picked things up.
Then Kurt Cobain. An influence that can not be overstated. The first CD I purchased (even before my highly influential Colombia house membership) was Nirvana's never mind. Personal CD players were just getting priced right so that a kid could get one on his birthday.