Courtney Love: Kurt Cobain Was 'Desperate to Be Biggest Rock Star in the World' - Rolling Stone
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Courtney Love: Kurt Cobain Was ‘Desperate to Be Biggest Rock Star’

New National Geographic series on the Nineties highlights Nirvana singer’s ambivalence toward fame

In National Geographic’s upcoming miniseries on the Nineties, The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? the rise of Nirvana from local Seattle band to worldwide phenomenon is tracked via archival footage and new interviews. As the clip above points out, frontman Kurt Cobain’s desire to avoid the spotlight is called a “myth,” with Courtney Love claiming that Cobain “wanted [fame] bad.”

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“I’m too stubborn to allow myself to ever compromise our music or turn us into big rock stars,” Cobain said. “I just don’t feel like that.” But Love disputes this claim, noting that Cobain “wanted it bad. He wrote to every major [and] minor label, ‘We’ll pay. Let us be on your label.’ He was desperate to be the biggest rock star in the world. But he made it look like it was thrust upon him.”

The clip also finds Cobain and Love, separately, describing their feelings on being hounded by paparazzi and why they didn’t try to fight writer Lynn Hirschberg’s 1992 Vanity Fair profile of Love that accused the singer of shooting heroin while pregnant.

The three-night miniseries will attempt to answer the question, “Were the Nineties the last great decade?” — Spoiler: No — culling 120 interviews to discuss Bill Clinton’s presidency, MTV’s The Real World, Jerry Springer and the Macarena. The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? premieres on Sunday, July 6th.

Love also discussed Cobain’s life and death in a recent Vanity Fair profile. Asked if she was still angry with Cobain, Love replied, “Mad? Ya think?! If he came back right now I’d have to kill him, for what he did to us. I’d fucking kill him. I’d fuck him, and then I’d kill him.”


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