Frances Bean Cobain Opens Up About Nirvana and Her Father’s Death

Frances Bean Cobain
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Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, opened up about her father publicly for the first time in an interview in Rolling Stone’s most recent issue.

In addition to giving a brief preview of HBO’s upcoming Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck,” Frances confessed to not being particularly interested in Nirvana’s music. “I don’t really like Nirvana that much [grins]. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs].”

She did, however, pinpoint some favorite entries in the band’s songbook, calling Territorial Pissings from the album “Nevermind,” “a f—ing great song.” She also praised “Dumb” and “In Utero,” saying, “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.”

Frances also spoke openly about her thoughts on the life and death of her father, including observations on the motivation behind his art.

“He wanted his band to be successful,” she said. “But he didn’t want to be the f—ing voice of a generation.” She added that her father “eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him.” The demand, to Frances, was one of the forces that led to his eventual death.

Ultimately, Frances expressed regret about growing up without a father. “In reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad,” she said. “And that would have been an incredible experience.”

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    1. DonnaD says:

      She comes off a bit repugnant. “Kurt”? And her take on his death is just that having a dad “would have been an incredible experience”? Yuck.

    2. Sue says:

      Keep it classy, Frances, keep it classy. And you too, VARIETY.

    3. Touree says:

      Does anyone really care what the daughter of a whiney top 40 pop singer thinks?

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