Through the years of production that were invested in making and producing Montage of Heck, filmmaker Brett Morgen was given access to tons upon tons of unreleased artwork, material and personal belongings of Kurt, never before seen (or by very few). In a new interview with Bedford + Bowery, Morgen went into detail about his experiences with relics from Cobain’s past.
From the storage unit where Cobain’s possessions are contained, which has been in use for several years as it was curated and cared for by a faculty member, Morgen found “107 cassettes featuring over 200 hours of never-before-heard or rarely heard music — I mean I would lean heavily of the never-before-heard, probably 95 percent”.
From this material, Morgen and his team are comprising an album of this material due out for this summer. As Morgen replied to Bedford + Bowery, “We’re going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question…[the album] will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It’s going to really surprise people. Just to be clear, it’s not a Nirvana album, it’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him.”
Morgen when approached about the material on the tapes was quoted as saying, “The audio ran the gamut from jam sessions with Courtney, some jam sessions with various friends and Nirvana, his first demo tapes, his Fecal Matter demos, his mix tapes and oral canvases like Montage [of Heck], a lot of silly spoken word stuff and not-silly spoken word stuff like the story he told of losing his virginity, covers of the Beatles songs, it just ran the gamut. And a lot of sound effects and a lot of sound design. As that would essentially serve as the basis of this movie, because I wanted to make a film in which Kurt could tell the story of his life in the best way he could — not through sharing it to an interviewer, because that was never a format that Kurt was that expressive in, but through his art, through the very reason we’re talking about him.”
Montage of Heck, Brett Morgen’s highly anticipated film on Kurt Cobain’s life, is due out on HBO May 4th, and has already enjoyed premieres at international film festivals like Sundance, theatrical release in the United Kingdom and limited theatrical appearances in the US, including the Egyptian Theatre premiere which Frances Bean Cobain spoke at.