The legacy of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is indisputable. And with the new film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which premiered recently on HBO, filmmaker Brett Morgen gives the world an unflinching, powerful, and often moving glimpse into the life and the art of this reluctant “voice of a generation.”
Through never-before-seen home movies, journal entries and recordings, along with interviews with Cobain’s family and wife Courtney Love, Montage of Heck paints a complete picture of Cobain the man and Cobain the artist.
We see Kurt as a toddler, Kurt as a troubled teen, Kurt as a superstar and finally Kurt as a husband and father, playing with his daughter (and the film’s executive producer) Frances Bean. The result is a sometimes troubling but always affecting look at a complex life.
From the early days of Nirvana—bandmate Krist Novoselic gives insight into the beginnings of the band—to the meteoric rise to fame, to his untimely death 21 years ago, the music Cobain created is at the forefront of this film.
We’ve compiled a special companion playlist featuring not only music featured in Montage of Heck but also some classic Nirvana tracks that bring Kurt Cobain’s legacy full circle to the present day.
“Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.” — Kurt Cobain