Kurt Cobain’s daughter spoke about her father, his death in 1994 and the problems he endured as part of the legendary band Nirvana.
Frances Bean Cobain, also the executive producer of the upcoming HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, said in an interview with Rolling Stone that the documentary brought her closer to her father.
She said, “I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there’s my dad. He’s larger than life. And our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal.”
Kurt committed suicide on April 5, 1994 by shooting himself in the head at his Seattle home. He was 27 years old.
Frances also disclosed that her musical preferences do not include Nirvana.
“I don’t really like Nirvana that much,” she said.
“Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs]. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But Territorial Pissings [on Nevermind] is a (expletive) great song. And Dumb [on In Utero] – 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.”
As the executive producer of Montage of Heck, she described the documentary as “the closest thing to having Kurt tell his story in his own words.”
“He wanted his band to be successful,” she added.
“But he didn’t want to be the (expletive) voice of a generation.”
She admitted that working on the documentary also helped bridge her differences with her mother, Courtney Love.
“My mother held me, cried on me and just said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry,’” Frances said. “Just kept saying it over and over. But then she said, ‘Do you realize how much your father loved you?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I do.'”
The documentary is set to air on HBO on May 4. It will also be released in selected theaters on April 24.
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