If Nirvana singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain were still alive, he’d be celebrating his 41st birthday Monday. To commemorate his abbreviated life, our newest Lobby contributor, Andrew Moran, has this DVD documentary preview. Please welcome Andrew, who will be our Canadian correspondent. After this post, you’ll see his name on the bylines. Andrew, great to have you.
KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON
“I feel really homesick all the time and so do all the other aliens.” This is a Kurt Cobain quote from Kurt Cobain: About a Son, the latest documentary on his life, coming to DVD February 19, one day after Cobain’s birthday.
Directed by AJ Schnack (Might as Well Be Swing & The Heir Apparent), About a Son takes the audience into the life of Cobain that no one has ever seen or heard, with interviews and conversations that have never been released to the public before.
Kurt Cobain: About a Son tends to create a different kind of portrait for fans of Cobain and Nirvana, his seminal grunge band. Discussions are very personal, delving into Cobain’s psyche, with topics ranging from personal thoughts on his fans to wanting to write pop songs on Nirvana albums (hard to believe).
A lot of great reviews have surfaced for this documentary since its release: Sheri Linden from the Hollywood Reporter called it “an indelible autobiographical document. AJ Schnack has created an intimate and lyrical meditation on the making of an artist.”
But when About A Son was first released at the 32nd Annual Toronto International Film Festival, many moviegoers wondered why the picture was ever made. Many fans expressed disappointment because the majority of the film shows still images of Kurt Cobain and his group — the only video footage appears in the documentary’s last sixty seconds.
Whether you’re a gigantic Kurt Cobain fan or a casual Nirvana listener, this documentary is a must see, a study of an interesting man of isolationism, artistry and moroseness.
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