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— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) March 25, 2015
His daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is all grown up now at age 22, and although she never got to truly interact with her father, she is still helping to keep his legacy alive and understood by being the executive producer of the HBO film.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Frances revealed her true, raw feelings on growing up without her dad, telling Kurt’s story with the film, and his tragic suicide. She even shared her thoughts on Nirvana’s music, and the answer will definitely surprise you.
On what she thinks happened leading up to his death:
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. I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn’t want to be here and everyone would be happier without him. In reality, if he had lived. I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.
On what she thinks of Nirvana’s music, despite her dad being the frontman of the band:
I don’t really like Nirvana that much [grins]. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs]. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in. But “Territorial Pissings” [on Nevermind] is a fucking great song. And “Dumb” [on In Utero] – I cry every time I hear that song. It’s a stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself – of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.
On if she felt awkward not being interested in his music as a teenager:
No. I would have felt more awkward if I’d been a fan. 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.
On getting involved in the movie, and why he’s such a sensation now:
“When [writer-director-producer Brett Morgen] and I first met, I was very specific about what I wanted to see, how I wanted Kurt to be represented,” she says. “I told him, ‘I don’t want the mythology of Kurt or the romanticism.’ Even though Kurt died in the most horrific way possible, there is this mythology and romanticism that surrounds him, because he’s 27 forever. The shelf life of an artist or musician isn’t particularly long. Kurt has gotten to icon status because he will never age. He will always be that relevant in that time and always be beautiful.”
To read the rest of the intense interview, head over to Rolling Stone.
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