Kurt Cobain ‘Sought Acceptance Through Fame’ But Didn’t Know The Consequences, Says Documentary Director

Brett Morgen, the director of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, discussed Cobain’s reasons for wanting acceptance and fame, without knowing what fame and the consequences of it were, in a new interview with Vice.

“Kurt was really after acceptance. He sought it out initially through family, and then through the band, back when he started putting together bands. Then through Tracy, his girlfriend. And then with Courtney. I think he was ambitious and he also sought acceptance through fame, but he didn’t know what that meant. The bottom line is, if you don’t feel good about yourself, having the whole world tell you you’re beautiful and you’re amazing, doesn’t really make you feel better. In fact, it makes you feel worse. It’s like, Kurt’s deal with fame was that he didn’t know what that meant. In his mind, the ceiling for a band like Nirvana was 200,000 albums, like being Sonic Youth. So, he didn’t know—there was no scenario or plan to sell 600,000 albums in a week.”

He later said, “See, what you get with the concept of the film is, it’s not a guy who’s just being abrasive to the media to be punk, or because he’s a whiny white guy, it’s that he’s an artist, and he doesn’t really want to explain his work. He’d rather people experience it.”

  • biorneit

    kurt just needed time to mature a little…

    • Hwang Sunghyeop

      curious point of view, if someone want to listen to next Nirvana album.

  • Raj

    So did Layne, he thought his fame would help him reconnect with his dad. Being famous doesn’t make you accepted, it makes you worshiped and a lot of that if not all is artificial.

    • Hwang Sunghyeop

      Yep, that was the trap.