Written by Brett Morgen
with Richard Bienstock, Cobain: Montage Of Heck
is a true goldmine of exclusive material collected and created for the acclaimed documentary. Delving further into the interviews, art and photography used in the film, this book is the perfect companion piece to the definitive film on this genuine legend's life.
Even if you haven't yet seen the film, or you've loved it and have been left wanting more, Cobain: Montage Of Heck will definitely quench your thirst for all things Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. The legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist has gone down in history as almost a mythically brilliant voice of a generation, turning late 20th century angst into electrifying rock music. Brett Morgen's Montage Of Heck documentary was fully authorised by the Cobain family, after his widow Courtney Love approached him with the idea for the film.
Getting exclusive access to Cobain's personal and family archives was an unprecedented achievement, allowing Morgen to delve deeply into home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, demos and journals, presenting an intimate portrait of Cobain's personal life as well as his astonishing artistry. The exclusive interviews in the film have provided fans with incredible insight into Cobain's life, featuring words from all the key figures like Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic, and his parents. Included in this book are extended versions of these interviews, giving unbridled vision into his life and work, told by the people who knew him best.
Accompanying these interviews are some incredible and often never-before-seen visuals including animation stills from the films, personal art, candid photography and other treasures from his personal archive. Looking at these visuals, readers will find a true sense of the tortured genius, the artist who achieved enormous success and almost demi-god status yet still struggled with his personal, all-too-human demons. Since Cobain's tragic death, fans have been left with nothing but his music and an overwhelming amount of press rumours and cinema speculation. Now, Cobain: Montage Of Heck and the accompanying documentary provides the most definitive insight into the real man behind the musical legend.
For nearly everyone who is interested in popular music, this book is absolutely fascinating. Cobain's boundary-pushing art has almost been overshadowed by rumour, but this book thankfully restores both to their rightful place, setting examples of his boundless creativity alongside authorised truths from the people who knew him intimately. Cobain: Montage Of Heck is sure to be seen as a true classic of rock biography.