Life, music, art of Kurt Cobain assembled on ‘Montage of Heck’ CD, DVD
A fully authorized audio and video portrait of legendary grunge-rock music icon Kurt Cobain is now available via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). A documentary titled, “Montage of Heck,” was written, produced, and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen, who also wrote and directed the 2012 Rolling Stones documentary, “Crossfire Hurricane.” Morgen “expertly blends” Cobain's personal archive of art, music, never-before-seen home movies, animation, live performances, photography, journals, demos, songbooks, and interviews with family and close friends. The project follows the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Nirvana frontman from his earliest years in what a label news release describes as the “visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist struggling to come to terms and make sense of his place in the world.”
“Montage of Heck” is available in multiple video formats including a super deluxe edition as well as in Blu-ray, DVD and digital. In addition, the soundtrack album, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, is being released on CD, dual-LP vinyl, and digitally. The audio release was created from various early and raw cassette recordings that Cobain made, and gives a “rare, unfiltered glimpse” into Cobain's creative progression from early song snippets and short demos to musical experiments and “pieces” of songs or lyrics that eventually appeared on later Nirvana albums. A 7-inch single featuring ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘Sappy (Early Demo)’ preceded the album release.
A super deluxe edition of “Montage of Heck” includes more than two hours of video footage between the documentary and bonus interviews. The package also contains the 31-track deluxe soundtrack on CD and cassette, 160-page hardbound book with extended interviews and images from the Cobain archive, puzzle with a collectable storage container, movie poster, postcards, and bookmark. In addition, the soundtrack CD exclusive to the super deluxe edition showcases spoken word, demos, and full song tracks from the documentary.
This “authentic and unflinching look into Kurt's life, art and mind through his own unique lens” follows the artist from his childhood in Aberdeen, Wash., to the height of his fame. Morgen began working on “Montage of Heck” in 2007 when Cobain's family approached him with the idea, offering him unrestricted access to all of Cobain's personal and family archives. Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter Cobain had with Courtney Love, is the film’s co-executive producer. The project co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures takes its name from a “musical collage” Cobain made in 1988 using only a 4-track cassette recorder. The animated scenes were created by Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing.
The film formally titled “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” was released internationally as “Cobain: Montage of Heck.” The documentary’s world premiere was held at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and was released in theaters worldwide by Universal Pictures. It also premiered on U.S. television in May. As the lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana Kurt Cobain's musical legacy extends beyond the monster breakout success that came with the band’s 1991 major-label debut, Nevermind. The mainstream acceptance of the album and the band gave birth to the alternative rock sub-genre of “grunge” and paved the way for a volley of bands to follow including Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.
Watch the official trailer for “Montage Of Heck,” a documentary about the life of Kurt Cobain that’s available in video and audio sets.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Kurt Donald Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. The hyperactive youngster was medicated as a child to help him concentrate in school and sleep, but was so uncontrollable by the age of seven that his parents sent him to live with relatives.
* Cobain disliked school and spent most of his time painting and singing along to The Beatles and The Monkees. His tastes eventually switched to bands such as Kiss, Black Sabbath, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash after receiving a guitar for his 14th birthday.
* Cobain dropped out of high school a few weeks before graduation, briefly worked as a roadie for the Seattle group the Melvins, but was unable to hold on to various jobs for very long. In 1986 Cobain convinced friend and bass player, Krist Novaselic, to form a band with him.
* The name Nirvana came out of Cobain’s interest in Buddhism and the concept of “nirvana” meaning “freedom from pain, suffering and the external world.” The band’s first single release was a cover of Shocking Blue’s ‘Love Buzz’ on Seattle-based independent label Sub Pop.
* Cobain handled vocals and played guitar as he and Novaselic went through numerous drummers before settling on Chad Channing to record Nirvana’s 1989 debut album, Bleach. A supporting tour included shows at venues in the U.S. and United Kingdom.
* Nirvana signed with Geffen Records in 1991 and added Dave Grohl as permanent drummer. Second album, Nevermind, was released to rave reviews in September 1991 behind the signature singles ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ ‘Come As You Are,’ and ‘Lithium.’
* Nevermind debuted at No. 144 on the Billboard 200, eventually ousting Michael Jackson's Dangerous to claim the No. 1 spot in January 1992. The album has since amassed certified diamond sales (10 million+) in the U.S. and 30 million units worldwide.
* In September 1993 Nirvana released its final studio album, In Utero, and subsequent live appearances were highlighted by an MTV Unplugged acoustic set and a March 1994 concert in Munich. The live album MTV Unplugged in New York debuted atop the Billboard 200 and went five-times platinum, winning the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
* On March 30, 1994, Cobain voluntarily admitted himself into a Los Angeles rehab facility. He left a few days later and was reported missing. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994, from what was ruled a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
* Nirvana has sold more than 43 million albums worldwide, earning induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Rolling Stone reports that as a result of Cobain’s and Nirvana’s influence, alternative rock became a dominant genre during the early-to-middle 1990s, and the outfit is considered the “flagship band of Generation X.”