'I'm not a Nirvana fan' - Frances Bean Cobain
Published 09/04/2015 | 08:07
Frances Bean Cobain has opened up about her father Kurt’s death for the first time, and admitted she's not a fan of the band that made him the "voice of a generation".
The visual artist, who is now 22, was just 20 months old when the Nirvana frontman passed away in 1994.
And now, more than 20 years on, Frances is speaking about his apparent suicide ahead of the release of new HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, of which she is the executive producer.
Opening up to Rolling Stone magazine, Frances says that ultimately she will never know what it feels like to grow up with a father – and that’s a hard thing to accept.
"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," she said. "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."
“In reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience."
Frances is the only child of Kurt and Hole singer Courtney Love. Over the past few years, she has begun to establish a career for herself away from her famous parents, as a successful artist in her own right.
And Frances added to the publication that when it comes to her music tastes, her parents’ offerings are not her tunes of choice.
“I don't really like Nirvana that much,” she said. “Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I'm more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre. The grunge scene is not what I'm interested in. But Territorial Pissings (on the album Nevermind) is a f***ing great song. And Dumb (on In Utero) – I cry every time I hear that song. It's a stripped-down version of Kurt's perception of himself – of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation.”
She admitted she didn't feel awkward about not being a fan as a teenager. In fact she said she would "have felt more awkward" if she had been a fan.
"I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there's my dad. He's larger than life" she said.
"And 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."
Read the full article in RollingStone magazine.