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Kurt Cobain, legendary lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, the flagship band of Generation X,” remains an object of reverence and fascination for music fans around the world. For the first time, his story will be told in Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a fully authorized feature documentary that in 2015 will be released theatrically around the world by Universal Pictures and shown exclusively by HBO in the United States.
Brett Morgen, the Oscar®-nominated filmmaker behind acclaimed documentariessuch as the HBO presentation Crossfire Hurricane, which celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Rolling Stones, and The Kid Stays in the Pictureis writer, director, and producer of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Visual artist Frances Bean Cobain, Cobain’s daughter, is executive producer.
This riveting book accompanies Morgen’s highly anticipated documentary and delves further into the material created for the film, presenting an illuminating and honest portrait of the Nirvana frontman that captures the contradictions that made up his character. Taking fans into and beyond Morgen’s movie with unparalleled insight into the world of the late Nirvana frontman, this book will be the perfect complement to a milestone documentary that will forever change the way fans view Kurt Cobain.
Dubbed the mad scientist” of documentary film by The New York Times, Brett Morgen has been directing groundbreaking films for the past twenty years. His credits include On the Ropes (1999), The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), Chicago 10 (2007), Nimrod Nation (2008), June 17, 1994 (2010), and Crossfire Hurricane (2012).
Richard Bienstock is an editor with Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines. He is also a musician and journalist whose writings have appeared in numerous U.S. and international publications and is the coauthor, with photographer Robert Knight, of the 2012 book Slash: An Intimate Portrait. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.