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, 2013
February 28th, 2013
'Slip Away,' which I wrote, was kind of my feeling at the time how [Mad Season] was slipping away. The guitar solo at the end of that, you can hear the pain that's in that. That's my pain of how this whole thing was all falling apart when Baker and Layne were dying… Mark [Lanegan] put lyrics to that and they mean something different now… but I'm getting a little deep in to what the lead is. You'll listen to it and you'll hear pain.
Another interview with Mike McCready about the Mad Season reissue, this one from Billboard.com
October 2nd, 2012
I want my entire musical catalog to be deleted the second I die. What do I care? I’ll be dead. I don’t care about history. I don’t even want a tombstone, are you kidding? None of that stuff makes any sense to me.
Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne talks to the Village Voice
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