Frances Bean Cobain Opens Up About Her Dad for the First Time

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Before the premiere of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which the late rocker's daughter Frances Bean Cobain executive produced, the 22-year-old opened up about her dad for the first time.

"Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him," she told Rolling Stone. "I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn't want to be here and everyone would be happier without him."

"In reality, if he had lived," she continued, "I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience." During Kurt's rise to fame with Nirvana, he committed suicide in 1994 leaving behind his daughter and wife Courtney Love.

"My dad was exceptionally ambitious," she continued. "But he had a lot thrown on him, exceeding his ambition. He wanted his band to be successful. But he didn't want to be the f**king voice of a generation."
10th Annual MTV Video Music AwardsWhen asked how she felt the first time she heard a Nirvana record, Frances revealed she didn't get nostalgic at all. "I don't really like Nirvana that much," she said with a grin. "Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I'm more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre [laughs]. The grunge scene is not what I'm interested in. But "Territorial Pissings" [on Nevermind] is a f**king great song. And "Dumb" [on In Utero] – I cry every time I hear that song. It's a stripped-down version of Kurt's perception of himself – of himself on drugs, off drugs, feeling inadequate to be titled the voice of a generation."

Speaking of Nirvana though, Kurt's former bandmates have said they see a lot of him in Frances. "It's very weird how genes are," she said. "Dave [Grohl], Krist [Novoselic] and Pat [Smear] came over to a house where I was living. It was the first time they had been together in a long time. And they had what I call the "K. C. Jeebies," which is when they see me, they see Kurt."

"They look at me, and you can see they're looking at a ghost," Frances continued. "They were all getting the K. C. Jeebies hardcore. Dave said, 'She is so much like Kurt.' They were all talking amongst themselves, rehashing old stories I'd heard a million times. I was sitting in a chair, chain-smoking, looking down like this [pretends to look bored]. And they went, "You are doing exactly what your father would have done."

"But I was glad they came over," she said with a smile. "It was a cool experience, like having a Nirvana reunion minus one. Except for his spawn."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck hits theaters April 10.

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