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October 19, 2007
Directed by AJ Schnack. With the voice of Kurt Cobain. Distributed by Balcony Releasing. 1 hour, 36 mins. No MPAA rating (profanity, adult themes). Playing at Ritz at the Bourse. Less a movie than an illustrated audiotape, Kurt Cobain: About a Son is nonetheless fascinating for what it reveals of its subject, the late lead singer of Nirvana, and what it says about the cult of celebrity, and the banality of celebrities, too. Using excerpts from 25 hours of taped interviews between Cobain, a year before his 1994 suicide, and journalist Michael Azerrad, director AJ Schnack matches Cobain's accounts of an unhappy childhood and burgeoning music career with time-lapse photography of scudding Pacific Northwest cloudscapes, of timber trucks and mossy forests, of hipsters and geeks, music venues and grungy cafes.
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June 2, 2008 | By HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
ACCORDING TO reports out of London, Courtney Love is said to be despondent and it's not because of rehab, an OD or a bad tab of X. It's because the ashes of her ex, Kurt Cobain, have been swiped from her Hollywood home. News of the World reports Courtney kept the grunge rocker's ashes in a pink teddy-bear-shaped bag along with a lock of his hair. A few weeks back, however, she found the remains of his remains (ashes were also scattered in the Wishkah River near his Washington home and at a Buddhist Temple in New York)
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April 9, 1994 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC This article includes information from the Associated Press and the Seattle Times
Singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, 27, whose group Nirvana popularized the rock genre known as "grunge," was found shot to death yesterday morning in his Seattle home, a shotgun lying across his body and a suicide note nearby. Cobain was the unofficial leader and primary songwriter of the three-member band that began in Seattle and became enormously popular with disaffected youth worldwide. Police did not disclose the specifics of the note. A police spokeswoman said that the body, found by an electrician hired to install a security alarm, had been there for about a day. Wendy O'Connor, Cobain's mother, said that her son had been missing for six days and that she had feared he would be found dead.
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April 14, 1994 | By JENNIFER WEINER
What can you say about a 27-year-old rock star who died? Kurt Cobain's body was found Friday morning. It was raining, the way it always does in Seattle. He had gone to his brand-new riverfront house, wrote a one-page note that ended with, "I love you, I love you," and shot himself in the head. By Friday night, MTV, which dropped the mantle of Generation X spokesman over Cobain's unwilling shoulders, was in nonstop tribute mode to the singer who catapulted Nirvana to fame. The veejays tried to look somber.
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April 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - When Brett Morgen was working through the drawings, journals, home videos, and sound collages that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left behind after taking his life in 1994, the filmmaker found a note to Cobain's then-girlfriend Tracey Marander, written in the late 1980s. "I'm going to work now," Cobain wrote. "When I'm gone please go through all my things and figure me out. " That was Morgen's task in 2007, when Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, approached him about making a film.
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March 6, 1994 | From Inquirer wire services
Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the rock band Nirvana, emerged from a drug-and- alcohol coma yesterday at Rome's American Hospital. Cobain, 27, was fully conscious and even asked for a strawberry milkshake along with his meal of minestrone soup, said his doctor, Osvaldo Galletta. Although Cobain's health appeared to rebound, Galletta said, he was still disoriented and having difficulty recalling events of the last few days. "But he looks like he will fully recover with no lingering problems," Galletta said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 1994 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This woman is a rock star. Courtney Love came on stage at the Trocadero Monday night in a thin white dress, with a cigarette between her bright red lips. The frontwoman for the Seattle rock band Hole strapped on her guitar and introduced her new bass player, Melissa Auf der Maur. Then she raised her left leg, placed her heel atop a monitor, and slammed into "Plump," from Hole's second album, Live Through This (Geffen). "I don't do the dishes," she screamed. "I throw 'em in the crib.
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April 11, 1994 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They were sad. They were disappointed. But few were really surprised. In this city that's proud of its hip image - and grateful to the grunge rock scene that put it on the cultural map around the world - it was a weekend for reflection. The suicide of the tortured local rock idol brought a subdued bereavement to Seattle. A collective shaking of heads. But very little shock. It was a cold, gray, rainy Friday, miserable even by the standards of this dank city on Puget Sound, when Kurt Cobain, the blond-haired, fragile lead singer of the enormously successful Seattle band Nirvana, was found dead at his home in an old-money section of the city.
NEWS
September 25, 1994 | By Ilene R. Prusher, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The auditorium began to fill with what once were the party faithful - long- haired guys decked in backwards baseball hats, plaid shirts and earrings in random places, and slender women in big klunky shoes and funky bell bottoms. It was the opening of the West Chester University "Young Leader Series," but the person who was the topic of the evening - Kurt Cobain - never considered himself a leader. He committed suicide in April at age 27. The students had given up a few hours with the books or in the bars because, along with many other teenagers and twentysomethings around the nation, they are still listening to the music Cobain made with his band Nirvana.
LIVING
August 18, 1994 | By Cheryl Squadrito, FOR THE INQUIRER
Their young, beautiful, brooding faces seem to be everywhere you look on the boardwalks at the Jersey Shore: on airbrushed shirts, buttons, hats, keychains, posters. Store owners report they can't keep Brandon Lee and Kurt Cobain items on the shelves. "The deader, the better," explained Larry Graber, co-owner of Cookie's Fun Shop on the boardwalk, who likens the post-mortem popularity of Cobain and Lee to that acquired by Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. "I've been living off of Morrison and Hendrix for years," said Graber.
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April 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - When Brett Morgen was working through the drawings, journals, home videos, and sound collages that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left behind after taking his life in 1994, the filmmaker found a note to Cobain's then-girlfriend Tracey Marander, written in the late 1980s. "I'm going to work now," Cobain wrote. "When I'm gone please go through all my things and figure me out. " That was Morgen's task in 2007, when Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, approached him about making a film.
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February 20, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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August 13, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Courtney lost $27 mil It's not like it's a big deal or anything, but Courtney Love already has spent $27 million of her late husband Kurt Cobain 's estate. "I know that's a lifetime of money to most people," Courtney tells Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, "but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go. I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now. " The Hole frontwoman had a unique system for keeping track of the cash.
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July 22, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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June 1, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
The first time I saw New Paradise Laboratories' 27 , back during its 2012 Fringe Fest premiere, I thought it was mostly form over function. This dance-theater meditation on purgatory and the "27 Club" - those rock icons who perished directly or indirectly by their own hands at age 27 - was pretty but inconsequential, elegantly wasted. I'm not sure what has changed since. Me? The show? Or is it just that Plays and Players gave it a distance that the Painted Bride's scrappier stage does not?
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May 5, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
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May 2, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
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September 27, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
YOU MAY not be able to buy your way into nirvana, but you can buy Kurt Cobain 's childhood home. Complete with his mattress. Ick. Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor , is putting the family's 90-year-old, 1.5-story bungalow two hours southwest of Seattle on the market this week. To help sell it, the family is offering a glimpse into Kurt's early life through photos shot at the house, including one of a chocolate-frosted birthday cake for Kurt and a shot of teenage Cobain smiling, guitar in hand, in his messy room.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012
The new production from New Paradise Laboratories, called 27 , begins and ends in huge shots of haze expelled onto the stage. And it's pretty much haze all through, even without the industrial-strength mist maker. But then, 27 is about death and some sort of purgatory - and though things aren't quite as gruesome as they are in the middle part of Dante's Divine Comedy , when souls are stuck in an endless world of waiting, it's just as unsettling. The show's title invokes singers Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse, who all died at age 27. There's not much to do when you're a dead spirit still full of youth, and 75 minutes of it surely makes that point in a set of bare walls, a lighted star with a huge hole in it, windows that lead the dead back into the room as they are pushed by a storm always brewing in the great beyond (a cool stage effect)
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April 17, 2012 | Tirdad Derakhshani
Jen Aniston happy for Brangelina I'm so glad Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie waited until Brad's ex — Jennifer Aniston — found a man (Justin Theroux) before announcing their plans to wed. I don't think we could have managed the tears — and the endless media verbiage that would otherwise have ensued. "[Jen] is so in love with Justin that she is really grateful how things turned out," Anonymous Source tells gossip site HollywoodLife.com. "In a strange way, if it weren't for Angelina, Jennifer would not have connected with Justin in a romantic way. " Isn't it great how things turn out?
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