Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, has finally broken her silence. The 22-year old visual artist has spoken candidly about her late father’s work for the first time. In a very controversial moment she said, “I don’t really like Nirvana that much.” The statement was made during an interview for the upcoming release of the HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which chronicles his life and work. Frances Bean Cobain is one of the executive producers of the documentary; she was fifteen at the time and worked very closely on the production of the film.
After making this declaration, Cobain stated that while she likes some of their songs, her father’s music just isn’t her scene. However, the songs that do touch her are the ones in which you hear and feel the self-deprecating perception that Kurt Cobain had of himself.
Cobain said that she would have felt “awkward” being a fan of her father. She preferred to not put him on a pedestal, but she does acknowledge that the reach and impact of her father’s work is deeply embedded in our culture and that his work only continued to spread and gain infamy after his death. She attributes much of the obsession surrounding her father to the fact that he is “27 forever.”
Cobain also speaks openly about the upcoming documentary. She asserts that the documentary is the closest thing that her father will ever have to telling his story and that we will get a window into what life was really like for the rock legend. She stated that even she learned a lot of factual information about her father after the layers of tall tales that have been built around his life throughout the years had been peeled away. Along with the facts, she says that it retains his unique artistic vision and is full of emotion.
Although she may be detached to the majority of his work, Cobain speaks very highly of her father, stating that he was “exceptionally ambitious” and was never content for his work to just be acceptable. According to Frances Bean Cobain, her father took great pride in producing great music and attributes the work ethic that she has for her own art to her father. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is set to premier for a US theatrical release on April 24, 2015 and on HBO on May 4, 2015.
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