June 25th, 2014


Kurt Cobain taking a photograph of his sneakers and Frances Bean in her playpen. He applied gel to her hair. The poster above her is from a gun shop and used for target practice. Kurt added the ‘K Records’ logo on the man’s lapel.

Reblogged from
June 24th, 2014


After Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Cobain Bean criticized Lana Del Rey for glorifying death, Del Rey has responded.

Reblogged from Consequence of Sound
June 23rd, 2014

Courtney Love on the “cult of death” surrounding Kurt Cobain

When I read Frances Bean Cobain's recent tweets to Lana Del Rey, I was struck by how strongly her words echoed what her mother Courtney Love told me when I spoke to her for my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:

I’ll tell you this, if you go and you watch a Hole show—and this happens to this day—after we get offstage, there’s this little contingent of boys. They’re wearing fuzzy little sweaters and somebody at their school has told them that they look like Kurt, and they stand there and they stare at me. I don’t know what they want. They don’t want to fuck me. But it is one of the strangest phenomena you’ll ever see. They’re like wounded children and they just want a hug or something. I don’t understand the cult of that, and I’ve asked my guitarist Micko, because he’s English and he grew up with the NME, “What is it about Kurt that you fucking think is so great?”

“’Cause he’s just fuckin’ really cool, man.”

I’m like, “What, because he killed himself? That’s cool? I have a daughter who’s fucking never known her father and you think that’s cool?”

But there’s a part of rock journalism, like possibly yourself*, that thinks that’s really cool. In fact, the NME had Kurt on the cover very recently, with fucking free color-poster pullouts of dead rock stars.

Well, it’s not fuckin’ cool. It is a cult of death.

*For the record, I do not feel that’s really cool.

April 30th, 2014
Frances, who loves Oasis more than Nirvana, was furious I didn’t sleep with [Liam Gallagher]. She texted me saying: ‘Mommy, you are an epic slut but you never slept with Liam Gallagher!’
Courtney Love talks to Metro
April 16th, 2014
What you think that are Frances thoughts on Dave?


April 11th, 2014


Twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s death, photographer Kevin Mazur remembers the iconic singer. See a gallery of his images of the Nirvana frontman and the stories behind them.

More rare/unseen Nirvana photos!

Reblogged from Rolling Stone
April 10th, 2014
Frances [Bean] went to Dave [Grohl]’s house and had dinner and made up her mind about him on her own. I’m not gonna speak for her, but basically… he’s Dave. And that’s not my problem; I’m not in his band, and I don’t have to deal with it. But Pat [Smear] and the Cobains have been really close. Pat’s been really close to our family.
April 6th, 2014

Lots of great stuff in the U.K. Telegraph's interview with Courtney Love:

  • She complains she has already been in trouble this week for implying there would be a reunion of the classic line-up of her original band Hole next year. “We may have made out but there is no talk of marriage,” she says of tentative meetings with former band mates. “It’s very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me.”
  • Yet Love has come under criticism from some quarters after revealing that she is developing a Broadway musical about Cobain, not a genre most fans would associate with his punk sensibility. “It’s more a play, conceived by a brilliant team. I can’t name names, but when you hear who is possibly involved, it takes on a new dimension. Otherwise it’s Vegas rubbish, and I will never allow it. There will be no jazz hands on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’!
  • When her late husband’s seminal grunge band are inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York, on Thursday, April 10th, mother and daughter will collect the award on Cobain’s behalf, alongside surviving band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoslevic. “I wasn’t in Nirvana, but it’s what widows and kids do. And it does give me ownership of the mythology, rather than just handing over to Krist and Dave their ownership.”
  • Love believes, and she may well be right, that because of her outspoken and often inflammatory public persona, that the music she creates has to be bold, fearless and of the highest possible standard, or she will be ripped to shreds by critics. “I can’t just do a really good rock record and that’s the end of it. I can’t be Nickelback. And not to be a bitch, I can’t be the Foo Fighters.
  • She recently rejected her own ghostwritten autobiography, sending it back to Harper Collins because, she says, “It’s like me jacked on coffee and sugar in a really bad mood. I said keep your bloody money. I’d rather keep my friends.”
  • In a way, it’s a disservice to Love to constantly contextualise her with Nirvana, and the soap opera of her life as a rock widow. “It was twenty years ago,” she says, thoughtfully. “I’ve had great loves since Kurt. I probably should have married again. But I couldn’t put my tiara and my little slip dress in a box and go and be Mrs. Somebody who used to be Courtney Love.

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