Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

Cobain: Montage Of Heck - the new documentary about legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain
Cobain: Montage Of Heck - the new documentary about legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain

We’re very pleased to bring you the first image from Cobain: Montage of Heck, the hotly anticipated new documentary about legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. It’s the first fully authorised documentary on the subject, exec produced by his daughter Frances Bean, and directed by Brett Morgen.

Brett Morgen’s documentary, Cobain: Montage Of Heck is the first ever, fully-authorised documentary and features a blend of Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, written word, and never-before-seen home movies, with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes.

Produced by Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group and HBO Documentary Films, the film will be released internationally in theatres from Spring and will air exclusively on HBO in the US on May 4th.

Cobain: Montage Of Heck will debut internationally at The Berlin International Film Festival in February.  It will be released in the UK in April.

Nirvana: The Recording Sessions – book review

Nirvana: The Recording Sessions by Rob Jovanovic
Nirvana: The Recording Sessions

When asked ‘Is there something you would like Nirvana to be remembered for?’ Kurt Cobain answered: “Writing good music, good songs. That’s all I could say, because that’s more important than anything else”.

The majority of books written about Nirvana concentrate in part or wholly on Kurt Cobain’s inner turmoil and his trouble with dealing with fame and fortune.  Some concentrate on the music but no other titles concentrate solely on the recording sessions.

From start to finish Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana lasted no more than 12 years, and in that time there were over 40 recording sessions. Starting with Cobain’s first noise-making his first documented recordings during a family Christmas vacation as a teenager singing and playing guitar, bass and using a suitcase for a drum to his final recording session along with fellow band members Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic as Nirvana, one of biggest names in rock music in January 1994.

Each session, each track and version is well documented where available. A discography is also included to assist some of the harder-to-find recordings as well as details of all the band’s video recordings.

Nirvana: The Recording Sessions also includes information on every recording studio, a paragraph on every band member and session musician, plus a discography, list of videos & DVDs, list of Nirvana concerts and a selection of related non-Nirvana sessions.

Rob Jovanovic has painstakingly documented every recording session made between 1982 and 1994.  Each one is analyzed, from Kurt Cobain’s first bedroom four-track demos through to the “new” tracks including the With The Lights Out box set, Live At Reading, the 20th Anniversary Edition of Nevermind and the expanded Bleach.

In Nirvana – The Recording Sessions, the author draws on hours of interviews with those who worked on Nirvana’s sessions, including engineers, producers, guest musicians and other collaborators.

The hardback copy of this book was originally published in 2004 but was surprisingly not available in North America.  Published for the first time in paperback by Soundcheck Books based in London, the book is available in both the UK & North America.

This updated paperback edition underlines the fact that, aside from a cult of personality, Nirvana produced some great rock songs.

Nirvana: The Recording Sessions by Rob Jovanovic is published by Soundcheck Books priced £14.99.


Kurt Cobain’s Ashes Stolen

Kurt Cobain’s ashes have been stolen, says a report in the News Of The World today.

The Nirvana front-man’s remains were stolen from the Los Angeles home of his widow Courtney Love, along with some jewellery and clothes.

Cobain’s ashes were kept in a ‘Pink teddy bear shape bag, with a lock of his hair’. Some of the ashes were scattered after the singer died, near his home in Washington State and some at a Buddhist temple in New York.

“They are all I have left of my husband I used to take them everywhere with me just so I could feel Kurt was still with me.” said Love, “Now it feels like I have lost him all over again.”

About A Son – Kurt Cobain Documentary

Kurt Cobain (right) with Nirvana, 1992.About A Son  a documentary about the life of Nirvanna singer Kurt Cobain, will be released on March 30th.

The documentary features previously unheard interviews with Cobain, recorded a year before his suicide in April 1994.  The recordings by journalist Michael Azerad, contain some rather revealing things about the cult icon.

Something that amused me are Cobain’s stories about stealing from his mothers cannabis stash, and replacing what he had taken with herbs. Eventually all that was left was Oregano, and his Mother made him and his friend smoke it!

Cobain talks candidly about being branded as gay at school and his relationships with the rest of the band and of course Courtney Love.

Courtney Love wants Ryan Gosling to play Kurt Cobain.

Kurt CobainCourtney Love has said that she wants actor Ryan Gosling to portray her late husband Kurt Cobain in the film Heavier Than Heaven. Love is executive producer on the project, based on the Charles Cross biography of Cobain.

Despite earlier reports that Kirsten Dunst would play the ex Hole singer, reports suggest that Love has now asked Scarlett Johannson to portray her in the film.

She wants the best actors to play them, says a report in the Mirror, adding “It will be explosive”.