2015: The Year Music Documentaries Brought Back the Dead

December 31, 2015

Nothing fits the music documentary format quite so compellingly as a life cut tragically short. In addition to the ready-made dramatic arc, a subject who leaves this mortal coil before their time usually also leaves a certain amount of mystery in their...

Album Review

Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings

November 13, 2015

This powerful collection – a companion to the HBO documentary Montage of Heck – plays like Kurt Cobain’s phantom memoir. Director Brett Morgen went through 200 hours of cassette tapes to find these song sketches and demos. Some of...


John Lennon's 'Love Me Do' Guitar Sells for $2.4 Million

November 8, 2015

John Lennon's long-lost acoustic Gibson J-160E, used in the recording of the Beatles' Please Please Me and With the Beatles LPs, shattered all estimates Saturday on the Julien's Live auction block, as the instrument sold for $2.41 million, a record...


Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' Cardigan, Hair Up for Auction

November 2, 2015

Kurt Cobain's green cardigan from Nirvana's MTV Unplugged taping, the Beatles' drumhead from their 1964 visit to the Ed Sullivan Show and a long-lost acoustic Gibson belonging to John Lennon are among the nearly 350 rock-related items that will hit...


Krist Novoselic Talks Bernie Sanders, Kurt Cobain Dreams

October 10, 2015

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic appeared on former MTV VJ Kennedy's Fox Business show this week to talk about grunge, Bernie Sanders, "proportional representation" and Kurt Cobain. Novoselic, long politically active, is a supporter of Citizens...


Hear Kurt Cobain's Sparse, Poignant 'Sappy' Demo

October 5, 2015

Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, the companion album to the acclaimed documentary about the Nirvana frontman, will arrive November 13th, and today "Sappy (Early Demo)," one of the tracks from that collection...


Kurt Cobain Beatles Cover Set for Seven-Inch Release

September 22, 2015

UPDATE: Cobain's cover of "And I Love Her" has now been officially released. Kurt Cobain's haunting cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her," which debuted in Brett Morgen's documentary, Montage of Heck, will be released on seven-inch vinyl on November...


Teenager Uncovers Photos From First Nirvana Concert

July 21, 2015

Rare photographs from Nirvana's first concert in March 1987 have been unearthed and shared by an unlikely source: Maggie Poukkula, the 19-year-old daughter of Tony Poukkula, a member of Seattle band Laytem who grew up with Kurt Cobain and hosted...


Dave Grohl Felt 'Terrified' Watching 'Montage of Heck'

June 30, 2015

Dave Grohl could not bear to watch the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, he said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. The Foo Fighters frontman, who served as the final drummer in Nirvana, told the paper that when his wife stumbled...


Duff McKagan, Krist Novoselic Perform 'Sweet Child O' Mine'

May 18, 2015

Duff McKagan held the release party for his new tome How to Be a Man at Seattle's Neptune Theatre Sunday night, where he sat down to discuss his latest book with friend and fellow bassist Krist Novoselic. During the event, the Guns N' Roses and...


9 Things We Learned From Kurt Cobain Doc 'Montage of Heck'

May 5, 2015

You would have thought that, 21 years after Kurt Cobain took his own life, there would be precious few facts left to unearth about the Nirvana frontman. Endless articles, several biographies and a few films of vastly varying quality have already...


Hear Kurt Cobain's Raw Solo Demo of Nirvana's 'Been a Son'

November 5, 2015

The upcoming soundtrack to the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck contains a bevy of previously unreleased home cassette recordings by the Nirvana frontman. One of the standouts is a rough demo of "Been a Son," a raucous track that had previously...


Kurt Cobain's 'Montage of Heck' Soundtrack: 5 Key Tracks

October 30, 2015

The first-ever Kurt Cobain solo album comes out on November 13th. Brett Morgen, director of this year's haunting Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, whittled down more than 200 hours of previously unreleased material, drawn...


Inside 'Montage of Heck' LP's Unreleased Kurt Cobain Trove

October 7, 2015

"I curated the album to create a feeling that the listener was sitting in Kurt's apartment in Olympia, Washington, in the late Eighties, and bearing witness to his creation." That is how Brett Morgen — the writer-director and co-producer of...


Kurt Cobain's Home Demos to Feature on Soundtrack Album

September 28, 2015

The upcoming soundtrack to the Kurt Cobain doc Montage of Heck will feature dozens of the Nirvana frontman's home recordings. The album, Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, will be released on November 13th, ahead of a special...


Previously Unreleased Kurt Cobain Song Added to Doc

July 30, 2015

Nirvana fans will be able to hear a previously unreleased song that Kurt Cobain wrote when the documentary, Montage of Heck, gets a widespread theatrical re-release on August 7th. Filmmaker Brett Morgen mixed in the tune – without re-editing what...


'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Returning to Movie Theaters

July 9, 2015

After an acclaimed stretch on the film festival circuit, a brief theatrical run and its HBO premiere, Montage of Heck will return to movie theaters this August. Abramorama will distribute the Brett Morgen-directed film at select cinemas starting...


Read Rare, Auction-Bound Notorious B.I.G. Contracts

June 11, 2015

Multiple documents tracing the rise of Sean Combs' Bad Boy Records and the Notorious B.I.G. — including a contract featuring Christopher Wallace's rare signature — are among a number of music-related items now up for auction via Paddle8. Another...


Brett Morgen Talks 'Montage of Heck' Soundtrack

May 9, 2015

UPDATE: Brett Morgen told Deadline that the Montage of Heck soundtrack will be released on November 6th, the same day as the film's DVD release. Morgen said the tapes he discovered contained "hours upon hours of never before heard...


Courtney Love Talks Cobain Marriage in 'Montage of Heck'

May 1, 2015

UPDATE: In an interview with Bedford + Bowery, Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen revealed that a Kurt Cobain solo album will be released this summer. "The album of home recordings will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt...