Random confession: I really like Nirvana.
As a teenager, I developed a serious crush on angst-ridden, grunge rocker frontman Kurt Cobain. I've always been intrigued by his immensely screwed up, totally unique brand of creative genius. And while I never embodied the grunge-rock lifestyle (wearing an untucked plaid shirt on "free dress days" at my Catholic grammar school was about as extreme as I got), many of my MTV-era teenage memories were set to "In Utero" cranked up as high as my Casio boombox could handle. So naturally, some restrained head-banging occurred when I found out HBO Documentary Films premiered a Kurt Cobain documentary entitled "Montage of Heck" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Executive Produced by Cobain's only daughter, 22-year old Frances Bean, "Montage of Heck" promises to be a brutally loud and unplugged look into the personal life of Cobain beyond the stage. To help tell the full story, Cobain's wife Courtney Love allowed Director Brett Morgen access to a previously sealed California storage locker which housed a wealth of Cobain's forgotten personal effects: home video, live concert footage, early notebook artwork and illustrations, "sound collage" mixtapes (including a 1998 cassette entitled "Montage of Heck"), as well as personal recordings of the musician narrating his own life. The results evidently help paint a more complete picture of the rocker than previous documentary attempts—a look into the life of the larger-than life musician beyond the heroin addiction, issues with fame, and conspiracies around his suicide at twenty seven years old.
"Montage of Heck" will premiere on May 4th on HBO. And you'd better believe I'll be breaking out a vintage plaid shirt and "Teen Spirit" for the occasion...