Frances Bean Cobain Speaks About Her Father, Kurt Cobain, Teases New Documentary “Montage Of Heck”
Frances Bean Cobain spoke out about her father, Kurt Cobain, and revealed that she doesn’t really like Nirvana in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
Frances Bean Cobain: “I Don’t Really Like Nirvana”
Frances, the only daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, spoke publicly about her father, who committed suicide when she was a baby, for the first time. One of the most talked about revelations came when she asked about her first time listening to her father’s music. Frances revealed her true feelings about Nirvana, saying frankly, “I don’t really like Nirvana. Sorry, promotional people, Universal.”
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
In the interview, Frances, now 22, spoke about how her role as executive producer of the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck allowed her to learn more about the father she barely knew.
“It’s the closest thing to having Kurt tell his own story in his own words – by his own aesthetic, his own perception of the world. It paints a portrait of a man attempting to cope with being a human,” Frances said of the film.
Frances worked closely with documentary director Brett Morgen throughout the making of the film, and was clear that she didn’t want the film to paint a rosy picture of her father. “He’s larger than life, and our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal. If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible… but he wasn’t. He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive,” Frances said.
“My dad was exceptionally ambitious. But he had a lot thrown on him, exceeding his ambition. He wanted his band to be successful. But he didn’t want to be the f—king voice of a generation,” Frances added.
This pressure, Frances said, is part of what drove her father to suicide: “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…. In reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.”