Frances Bean Cobain Admits ‘I Don’t Really Like Nirvana That Much’
In a rare new interview, Frances Bean Cobain discusses with Rolling Stone what it's been like growing up the daughter of a famous deceased musician and her thoughts on bringing her father Kurt Cobain's life to the screen in the new Montage of Heck documentary.
An interesting moment occurs in the interview where Cobain is asked if she remembers the first time hearing Nirvana and knowing that it was her dad singing. She replies, with a grin, "I don't really like Nirvana that much. Sorry, promotional people, Universal." She reveals that bands like Oasis, Mercury Rev and Brian Jonestown Massacre are more of her favorites.
She adds, "The grunge scene is not what I'm interested in. But 'Territorial Pissings' is a f--ing great. And 'Dumb' -- I cry every time I hear that song. It's a stripped down version of Kurt's perception of himself -- of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation."
Cobain says of her father, "Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him. I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn't want to be here and everyone would be happier without him. [But], in reality, if he had lived, I would have a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience."
Frances Bean is serving as the executive producer on the upcoming documentary Montage of Heck and she calls the way the story is told as "emotional journalism." Cobain says director Brett Morgen asked her early on what her hope was for the film, and she responded, "I don't want the mythology of Kurt or the romanticism." As a result, the film more "paints a portrait of a man attempting to cope with being a human" rather than buying into the romantic legacy that came with dying at such a young age.
In related news, another new trailer (seen above) for Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck has surfaced ahead of the May 4 television premiere on HBO. Of note in this clip is that the backing music comes from haunting song from Cobain that was previously unheard and discovered in the singer's storage facility in 2013. Frances Bean Cobain speaks more in depth about it at Rolling Stone, where the trailer premiered. Check it out here. And read more of her interview with Rolling Stone at this location.
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