Hawk Rock News – 6/26/14
Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has been portrayed for years as a reluctant rock star who did not care for the spotlight, but in a new National Geographic documentary about the ’90s, his widowCourtney Love claims that the opposite was actually the case.
In the show, titled The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?, Love states, “He 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.”
- Love adds, “He got called the voice of a generation a lot and that freaked him out. He probably got off on it. I would.”
- However, in archival interview footage also airing on the series, Cobain himself says, “I’m too stubborn to allow myself to ever compromise our music or turn us into big rock stars. I just don’t feel like that.”
- Nirvana biographer Charles R. Cross told us that Cobain had a complicated relationship with success: “When Kurt became popular and he started hanging out with people in alternative rock, he still felt the same kind of clique that he had felt earlier in life. Nirvana were very successful, Kurt definitely was a mainstream artist, he wanted that punk cred, but I think in some ways he felt like that the requirement that he be unsuccessful sort of doomed his capacity to truly be a punk.”
- The three-night miniseries will air on the National Geographic Channel beginning on July 6th.
- Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th, just five days after the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s suicide.
Legendary alternative act Jane’s Addiction will be honored at the 2014 Sunset Strip Music Festival, where the group will receive the Elmer Valentine Award. The tribute is annually given to those who have made an impact on the legacy of the famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. Past winners of the award include the Doors, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Motley Crue and Slash, as well as the founders of Sunset Strip landmarks the Whisky-A-Go-Go, the Roxy and the Rainbow Bar & Grill.
- According to Loudwire, the band will be saluted during an invitation-only event taking place at the Sunset Strip House of Blues on Friday, September 19th, followed by a headlining outdoor performance on Saturday, September 20th.
- Frontman Perry Farrell said, “It all started for me back when my big brother used to tell me about The Strip, and about the amazing scene where artists like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison blew people’s minds by pioneering a new sound and influencing culture in a more exciting way than ever before . . . We are very proud to come from this heritage and are truly honored by the Valentine Award.”
- The group will play their iconic Nothing’s Shocking album in its entirety for their performance.
- Jane’s Addiction, which has broken up and reunited several times since forming in 1985, released its fourth studio album, The Great Escape Artist, in 2011 and a concert album/DVD called Live In NYC last June.
This article was written by MURPHY