As the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck nears release, Frances Bean Cobain is speaking publicly about her famous father for the very first time. The latest issue of Rolling Stone features an in-depth interview with the daughter of Cobain and Courtney Love, in which she talks about executive producing the upcoming doc, and her feelings on her father’s band, Nirvana. Despite their ultra-legendary status, she admits that she’s not exactly a superfan.
“I don’t really like Nirvana that much,” she tells the magazine. “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.” While she might not connect with the music, she is extremely aware of her father’s musical legacy.
“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.”
The film production led to emotional times with mother Courtney, with whom she’s had a turbulent relationship in recent years. The pair watched the documentary together for the first time in a private screening room, and some of the scenes were extremely painful to watch. One moment depicts a badly strung-out Kurt struggling to hold baby Frances in his arms while she receives a haircut.
“My mother held me, cried on me and just said, ’I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry,” Frances says when they saw the sequence. “Just kept saying it over and over. But then she said, ’Do you realize how much your father loved you?’ And I said, ’Yeah, I do.'” She later revealed that this was the first time her mother had apologized for anything involving her tumultuous childhood.
Montage of Heck will air May 4th on HBO. Get a first listen to a long lost Kurt Cobain demo above.