Courtney Love Says Kurt Wanted Fame Bad

Courtney Love, rocker and widow of the late Kurt Cobain, says the image of the Nirvana frontman as camera-shy and shunning the spotlight is a myth. Love made the revelation during an interview for National Geographic’s upcoming miniseries on the Nineties, The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?

“I’m too stubborn to allow myself to ever compromise our music or turn us into big rock stars,” says Cobain in an excerpt from a famous interview. “I just don’t feel like that.” But according to Love, the late frontman was not only willing to let he and his band become big rock stars, “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,” adds Love. In his book Cobain Unseen, Charles R Cross describes how the singer informed labels that he was “willing to compromise on material” and wanted to sell “millions of records” (via

Meanwhile, Cobain’s former bandmate Krist Novoselic recently told Reason TV that the death of the frontman was largely a result of drug use: “He was probably pretty ripped when he decided to do what he did. If he’d had a clear mind, he probably wouldn’t have done it… He was high on heroin.”

The death of the singer recently re-entered the headlines after Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean chided singer Lana Del Rey for romanticising the death of young musicians, saying, “The death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticise. I’ll never know my father because he died young and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it’s ‘cool’. Well, it’s fucking not.”

Del Rey recently responded to Cobain, tweeting, “It’s all good. He was asking me a lot [about] your dad. I said I liked him because he was talented, not because he died young… the other half of what I said wasn’t really related to the people he mentioned. I don’t find that part of music glam either.”

The controversy first arose after Del Rey confirmed to Guardian journalist Tim Jonze that she views the idea of early death as “glamorous,” before adding, “I wish I was dead already… I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.” Del Rey later accused Jonze of harbouring “sinister” motives.

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