This week marks the 21st anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain and an acclaimed documentary about the legendary Nirvana singer is set to air on May 4.
So it’s not hard to see why the folks at Rolling Stone figured the time would be right for a sentimental sit-down with Kurt’s 22-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain (also a executive producer for the film about her dad).
However, it seems that Frances is none too interested in romanticizing her father’s short life, and some of her comments might come as a shock to the millions of rock fans who worship at the altar of Kurt.
“I don’t really like Nirvana that much,” Frances reportedly said with a grin, when asked about her father’s music. “Sorry, promotional people, Universal. The grunge scene is not what I’m interested in.”
Frances noted, however, that she does enjoy the songs “Territorial Pissings” and “Dumb,” describing the latter as a “stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself.”
Frances refers to her father as “Kurt” throughout the interview (She was just an infant when he died.), and while she may not have known him well, she believes that he would be uncomfortable with the level of adulation he still receives from fans:
“He didn’t want to be the fucking voice of a generation,” she says. “He had to sacrifice every bit of himself to his art, because the world demanded it of him.”
Surprising as all of that may be, Frances’ most shocking comments are reserved for her discussion of her father’s decision to take his own life.
She states that Cobain would be “just another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible,” were it not for the fans who “put him on a pedestal” and anointed him “St. Kurt.”
We’d say that you can’t blame Frances for her musical taste or her anger over her upbringing, but we’re sure plenty of irate Nirvana fans will find a way.
Frances’ interview is part of a cover story about her father for the new issue of Rolling Stone which hits newsstands this week.