Frances Bean Cobain: “I’m Not A Nirvana Fan”

By Acsilyn Miyazaki | 3 years ago

Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of the late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, said she didn’t like Nirvana that much.

This was after an interview was conducted by Rolling Stone prior the release of “Cobain: Montage of Heck” documentary directed by Brett Morgan. The documentary tells about the story of the late Nirvana lead singer through his archived stuff. Frances, 22, was the executive producer of her dad’s documentary based on notebooks, cassette tapes and home videos.

At an interview hosted by Guardian’s Michael Hann, Morgan said the documentary sequence came from a tape which no one really had seen or heard of. Morgan also added that Kurt Cobain had earlier attempts to take his own life after being called at school a “retard f*cker”. This was after Kurt admitted he wanted to lose his virginity to a girl with special needs. He also said that not even Cobain’s family or friends knew about the incident. Furthermore, Morgan added that the film was intended to give Frances a portrait of the father she had never knew.

During the Q&A with Speaking to Rolling Stone, Frances said, “I don’t really like Nirvana that much. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in.”

Frances also told Rolling Stone that the documentary focused to the story of her father being told in Kurt’s own words. She said, “It’s emotional journalism. It paints a portrait of a man attempting to cope with being a human. When Brett and I first met, I was very specific about what I wanted to see, how I wanted Kurt to be represented.” Frances also added she told Morgan she didn’t want the romanticism or mythology of Kurt to be played rather she wanted people to see her father’s perception of the world.

When asked about feeling awkward being a teen not interested in her father’s own music, Frances said she wasn’t. She said that she would have felt more awkward if she had been a fan of her dad’s music.

She also added, “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. 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. You don’t think it could have gotten any bigger. But it did.”

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Acsilyn has been a part of the online publishing industry for more than 3 years. Aside from being an online news correspondent, Asha, as she is otherwise known, is also a blogger and an e-book author. She hails from the Philippines where everyday is usually bright and sunny.