Kurt on Film: A Guide to Cobain's Cinematic Legacy

From 'Montage of Heck' to "inspired by" movies, here's a complete breakdown of the Nirvana singer's screen appearances

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'Kurt Cobain: About a Son' (2006)

Michael Azerrad's intimate 1993 book Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana is considered one of the best profiles of the band, and in 2005, filmmaker AJ Schnack teamed with the author to construct this abstract look at the environment that produced the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. The film benefits from using audio from Azerrad's Cobain interviews (he had over a day's worth of conversations with Nirvana's singer on tape) to help paint a portrait of the late singer, but since the documentary was made without the estate's cooperation — and with no actual performance footage to project — the movie failed to resonate with Nirvana fans. In fact, About a Son is perhaps more of interest to Death Cab for Cutie fans, since frontman Ben Gibbard collaborated with Sub Pop and K Records fixture Steve Fisk to create the film's score.

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