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.