This week’s issue of Rolling Stone (on sale Friday) is dedicated to the late, great Kurt Cobain. Resident expert and Senior Editor David Fricke dives into the making of Montage of Heck and interviews Frances Bean Cobain—Cobain’s surving daughter and one of the film’s executive producers—on her decision to get involved with the movie, her relationship with mother Courtney Love, and her relationship with the Nirvana frontman’s legacy.
Frances, who interned at Rolling Stone when she was 15 years old (she is now 22), spoke out publicly for the first time about the death of her father, whom she refers to as Kurt, “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.”
She also speaks about the legacy of dead musicians more generally, “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.” Her entire Q&A can be read here.
In advance of the documentary, which airs May 4 on HBO as well as in select theaters beginning April 24, the publication also shared a clip from the film of Cobain strumming an unreleased acoustic song. Check it out below.