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Even after his 1994 death, Kurt Cobain is still one of music’s most beloved and talked-about artists, but his legacy has transformed him into far more of a myth than the normal guy he repeatedly claimed he wanted to be. An upcoming documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, is shedding new light on the late singer’s life, and its first trailer -- just released this week -- has everybody talking.
The singer’s angst and depression is well documented; however Montage of Heck also shows him as a family man -- shedding light especially on his relationship with his daughter, Frances Bean, who was less than two years old at the time of his death.
Unlike previous Cobain documentaries, Montage of Heck has the full co-operation of his widow, Courtney Love --and their daughter even serves as an executive producer on the film.
One person left out of the documentary is Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl, although not because of bad blood. Director Brett Morgen explained at the Sundance premiere that Grohl was interviewed but had to be cut due to timing: “We had a locked print, and trying to re-edit a film with a new interview in 10 days is kind of difficult."
In addition to the unseen home movies and art, Morgen recently tweeted that Montage of Heck’s soundtrack will contain a 12-minute unreleased acoustic song from Cobain.
The film is already generating rave reviews, with Entertainment Weekly calling it the best at this year’s Sundance Festival. It will air on HBO May 4.
While you're waiting for the doc to arrive, be sure to smooth the way with some classic vibes from the Zombies, plus Hollis Brown, who will be live streamed from New Orleans tonight, March 2. The show starts at 6 p.m. PT and you can catch it here.