The documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is circulating around film festivals, before its HBO debut on May 4th. While fans are awaiting the official television debut, the film’s director Brett Morgen just dropped a bombshell regarding the documentary’s soundtrack. Morgen just revealed the soundtrack will feature a 12-minute unheard Kurt Cobain track, for which the director described as “mind-blowing.” Morgen didn’t offer any other details in regards to how he was able to attain this unheard acoustic song.
There is currently not a track list or release date for the Montage of Heck soundtrack, but Morgen told Rolling Stone magazine that the film’s score also contains unreleased Cobain music. “They [the songs] don’t have titles. Before people saw the movie, there were these weird press releases focusing on the unheard music. And it’s like, it’s a movie. We’re not going to stop it and play a song for four minutes,” Morgen told Rolling Stone. The director stated that he found a Cobain song that no one has ever heard, including Courtney Love and his Nirvana bandmates. “Nobody in Kurt’s life, not his management, wife, or bandmates had ever heard his Beatles thing [And I Love Her snippet]. I found it on a random tape. It’s a Paul McCartney song. How’s that for shattering a myth,” Morgen revealed to the magazine. The director told Rolling Stone that he initially wanted to drop one of Cobain’s personal cassettes on Record Store Day as a “surprise” release, but it didn’t happen. The Montage of Heck book, which will feature rare photos from Cobain’s personal archive, is scheduled for a April 7th release date.
The documentary idea was first introduced to Morgen by Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, in 2007. Love called the director and said she had videos and other Cobain items, and wanted to know if he would be interested in doing something with the items. Morgen said that his decision to do the documentary was largely based on meeting Cobain and Love’s daughter, Frances Bean. Once he met Frances, she told him she was supportive of the film, and so Morgen decided to commit to doing Montage of Heck. The documentary first premiered in January, and Morgen dedicated the film to Cobain’s mother, sister, and daughter. “I wanted to give Frances a couple of hours with her dad, which she never got to have,” Morgen told the audience. Frances Bean was only two years old when Cobain took his own life in 1994.
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