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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'Pearl Jam Twenty' (2011)

It's hard to tell the story of grunge, Seattle and Pearl Jam without at least mentioning Nirvana (although Cameron Crowe's Singles manages to pull it off). Nevermind and Ten were released just a month apart in 1991, and although the two bands enjoyed a bit of a sibling rivalry early on – Cobain himself admitted he used to "talk shit" about Eddie Vedder – the groups ultimately realized they shared the same fans. The Nirvana frontman even admitted later that he discovered Vedder was a "really cool guy."

Their minor feud dissipated entirely when the two musicians danced together at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards; grainy footage of that moment features in Pearl Jam Twenty. "Sometimes people elevate you, whether you like it or not. And it's really easy to fall," Vedder told an audience on April 8, 1994 after Cobain's body was found. "I don't think any of us would be in this room if it weren't for Kurt Cobain."

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