Montage of Heck: The First Official Kurt Cobain Documentary


Kurt Cobain is a commonly known and adored figure in rock music because of his raw lyrics and the dramatic life that surrounded his music career. Despite that, most people do not have a very clear understanding of what that life was like or what was going on in his head as he wrote his most well known songs. Fortunately, starting this month, the first ever official, authorized documentary will be released in theaters about the Nirvana front man’s life with details filled in by Kurt’s family. The documentary, Montage of Heck, will also premiere on HBO on May 4th. Directed by Brett Morgen, it will feature Cobain’s personal collection of art, previously unreleased song demos, and interviews with family members. Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is the executive producer of the documentary, and in regards to its release in the near future, she spoke publicly about her father for the first time since his death in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine. She commented that 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.” When Frances and the director of the project first met to discuss the plan for the documentary, she was very careful in explaining how she wanted her father to be represented. She was concerned about how accurately it would portray Kurt, since the general public already held a misconstrued and unreal opinion of the man. However, when asked how she would describe the documentary, her response indicated that she believed it did her father justice: “It’s emotional journalism. 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.”

One of the focuses of the documentary is to replace myths with facts about the rock legend. One commonly discussed aspect of Kurt was the reason for his suicide, and Frances begins to explain what led up to this terrible occurrence: “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*cking voice of a generation.” Kurt generally felt incapable of providing his fans with all that came to be expected of him, so Frances believes that contributed to why he didn’t want to be around anymore. This and a lot of other occurrences in the rock star’s life will be addressed in more detail in the documentary, including how Kurt first chose the name Nirvana for his band and other interesting details.

Montage of Heck aims to provide fans with the most accurate representation of Kurt Cobain’s perspective, thoughts, and artistic style, so Nirvana fans should be very excited to finally see their idol’s story unfold, probably as accurately as it ever will.

Frances Bean Cobain’s interview with Rolling Stone:

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