Maverick’s Guy Oseary (Madonna, U2), and Heather Parry, president of Live Nation Film and Television, have signed on to co-manage the estate of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, and widow, Courtney Love, brought in the Beverly Hills-based firm, which will oversee the name, likeness, artwork, digital and licensing for the singer-songwriter who died in 1994.
Estate management, once a business that rarely made headlines, has increasingly become a music profit center, with iconic acts like Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, The Ramones and Tupac Shakur seeing an extension in the life of their songs, images and legends. “Managing an estate is not the music business. It’s the pop-culture legacy business,” says Jeff Jampol, whose company Jam Inc. counts the estates of The Ramones, Joplin, The Doors and Otis Redding on its roster. “The music represents an entry point, but estate management is an entirely different field — the media we deal with are books, documentaries, retail, apparel, museum exhibits … It’s about reanimating the body of work and putting it forward into the conversation, then all revenue streams will follow.”
I’ve been around plenty of artists who are vibrant, talkative and superb interviees at 10:00am. By 6:00pm, they want to kill both the media outlet, and myself.
Now imagine you’re Nirvana, and Nevermind has just been released. Everyone is calling you the voices of a generation, the saviours of rock and roll, the greatest thing since Elvis. And you don’t want to hear it anymore.
Fecal Matter was a short-lived punk rock band from Aberdeen, Washington. The group was formed in 1985 by Kurt Cobain, the future front man of the grunge band Nirvana, along with Dale Crover of The Melvins and drummer Greg Hokanson. Melvins members Buzz Osborne (also known as “King Buzzo”) and Mike Dillard appeared in a later version of the band during rehearsals the following year.
Songs from group’s sole recording session were issued as the Illiteracy Will Prevail demo tape. With the exception of the song “Spank Thru” the tracks from this session remain unreleased officially. A re-recording of “Downer” was also released on the first Nirvana album, Bleach. Illiteracy Will Prevail is the earliest documentation of Cobain’s songwriting in circulation, and helped Cobain to establish himself as a composer and performer among his peers in the underground rock scene in Washington state.
“I’ve dragged it out for six years. I didn’t wanna do it. I took a piece of the advance six years ago and then I was like ‘bad girl’, and Harpers is not mad at me but it’s time to turn it in so it’s gotta be done by Christmas this year. We’ll have three chapters turned in in about three weeks, childhood chapters but it’s about getting it all right.
So she (the interviewer) asked me the other day, ‘why did you break up Hole?’ And I can’t remember, I really can’t (laughs). So I had Eric from Hole to talk to her because he’ll remember. We were doing really good and we were getting Grammy nominated, doing studio stadiums, and why did I break it? I don’t know why! It really wasn’t drugs? (Dylan Jones: so you’re going to find out why you broke up Hole?) yeah, I’ll find out.
(The book) will be my entire life but with a cutoff… like I’m very sensitive about my love life and my personal life, so I don’t want much of that in it. I mean, the salacious stuff I don’t want in there because I’ve definitely had phases, I’m done with that, so I don’t really want that stuff in there. I have a certain anger that’s reserved for particular lawyers and accountants which I don’t think anyone cares, no one is going to care about that!
I don’t want to a do a poor little rich girl. People cannot relate to certain things and I want to make a really cool book, but that is also transparent and honest. People can relate to ambition, people can relate to stalking Andy Warhol and Lee Daniels, people can relate to certain things but then there are other things that people just can’t relate to. So, we will see. I’m writing it all down, you got me at a really tender moment, I just saw the outline literally yesterday… and my daughter is very private so her life after a certain age is off-limits and stuff like that.”
In a new exclusive interview between Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and SPIN founder Bob Guccione Jr., the bassist tries to speculate on what Nirvana might’ve sounded like today, discusses the enormous success of Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, and opens up about how heartbroken he was when his friend and bandmate, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide in April of 1994.
Lend your ears to this 1985 demo tape from 18-year old Kurt Cobain’s punk rock band ‘Fecal Matter’, formed along with Dale Crover, Mike Dillard and King Buzzo of The Melvins.
If you’re an artist, one way to handle criticsm or shade, as the kids like to call it, is to simly ingore them, and don’t feel the trolls. Or, if you’re Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain in 1992, you can make a video mocking the letter-writer in response to their Sassy Magazine cover story. Yes, that’s Kurt standing in a dress, lipstick, and fake mustache, mouthing along and acting out the words.
Here’s the couple in response to someone not liking their iconic Sassy cover.