Monday, March 03, 2008

Kurt Cobain: About a Son

He was the icon of Grunge music. Kurt Cobain spoke for a generation through his work with Nirvana in the 90's and unfortunately, his life was tragically cut short when he committed suicide in 1994. Usually when an artist dies, their work instantly becomes legendary. He didn't need to die to get people to notice his music. He already had a massive following with Nirvana. But aside from his musical success, he was a soul tormented with depression. After his death, you could already predict the many book and movie materials to be put out about his life. While there's nothing wrong with autobiographies, they don't really tell the full story. You are getting the info filtered through someone else's work. Rather than rely on material written about him, it's better to hear his story in his own words. The DVD release of Kurt Cobain: About a Son gives a voice to that story. Through old interviews, he plays the sole narrator of this film, which is backed up by stunning visuals. Here, he intimately shares his life going all the way back to his painful childhood. These stories provide a better understanding of the angst through which he sung. These needed to be told, not only about Kurt, but also for the people he spoke for.

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