Tag: Kurt Cobain
CBGB Festival taking place this weekend; Krist Noveselic keynote speaker (video), ‘The Rise and Fall of The Clash’ movie premiere
The first-ever CBGB Festival kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday, spreading some of the old magic at venues all over New York. Over 300 bands are taking part at participating venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. CBGB's closed in 2006.
Agnostic Front, Madball, Murphy's Law, David Johansen, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Popa Chubby, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Sick Of It All, Cro-Mags, L.A. Guns, Donovan Frankenreiter, Redd Kross, Duff McKagan's Loaded and D Generation are just a few of the bands participating.
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic kicked off the fest on Thursday as the keynote speaker at Landmark Sunshine Cinema. CBGB Festival organizer Louise Parnassa-Staley revealed to Krist never played CBGB because their agent demanded an additional $300 to perform. "Corporate rock whores, we were," Nirvana's former bassist joked. "Bye-bye, anarchism."
Novoselic credited Black Flag with giving his bandmates and him a creed: "Swimming in the mainstream is such a lame dream," from "Beat My Head Against the Wall," off 1983's My War. "Music saved my life," he said. "To have the opportunity to connect with these [punk] bands. It was really neat. But I found myself in a subculture. There were other individuals like myself who didn't fit in with the dominant culture, with what was in the mainstream media." It's a feeling he'd experience again when he became more interested in politics after Nirvana ended.
But before he got into that, he paid tribute to the band's fallen frontman, Kurt Cobain. "When people stop and recognize me, I always use that as an opportunity to remember Kurt Cobain," Novoselic said. "That's my opportunity to say, that's for you, dude. That's my regret, that Kurt Cobain isn't alive and didn't live. He was a wonderful person and he deserved a fulfilling life."
He also talked about the bands that inspired him to pick up the bass guitar (among them, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and CBGB legends Talking Heads, Blondie and the Ramones), and how he transitioned from music to politics as chairman of FairVote, a not-for-profit group working to reform elections and increase turnout by calling on greater transparency in federal election spending, confronting voter suppression and supporting a "right to vote" Constitutional amendment.
"I'm not a crusader," he insisted several times. "I don't want to be a celebrity change agent. People have to decide for themselves."
In an interview with Rolling Stone before his keynote speech, Novoselic said he first became politically aware at 19 in Aberdeen, Washington, when he voted for Democrat Walter Mondale over President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Most recently, Novoselic chaired his county's Democratic Party until leaving in 2009. "I was disillusioned. I got tired of volunteering for a Super PAC. It wasn't a grassroots organization. It could be if the other Democrats wanted it to be, but I wasn't getting a very good value for my time and energy. So I'm an Independent now," he said, adding he will support candidates from all political parties this year.
As for music, Novoselic rarely plays bass these days and admits he became "obsessed" last year with learning the Doors' "Light My Fire" on the accordion Cobain gave him years ago. "I got that whole solo part," he said. "My inner [Ray] Manzarek is being channeled."
Novoselic also alluded to working again with Dave Grohl, with whom he last collaborated on a song for the Foo Fighters' album Wasting Light. "I think there's something cooking," he said. "Ask Dave."
Director Danny Garia premiered his documentary, 'The Rise and Fall of the Clash,' on Thursday night at New York's Landmark Sunshine Cinema.
"I've been a Clash fan since I was nine or 10 years old. I fell in love with them since 'Spanish Bombs,' " added Garcia, a Barcelona native. "They were speaking in Spanish! And I felt like they were speaking to me. But why did they disband the way they did?"
Three years in the making (and not entirely completed), 'The Rise and Fall of the Clash' explores the evolution of the band, from their early days playing small clubs in London in the Seventies, to their famed run at Bond's International Casino in Times Square in 1981, to their downward spiral after their legendary Shea Stadium concert in 1982. Mick Jones is the sole original Clash member to be interviewed in the film, while Vince White, Nick Sheppard (Jones' replacement) and drummer Pete Howard all appear to offer their perspectives on the band's tumultuous latter years.
Garcia stated that Paul Simonon refused to take part in the documentary, as did the Clash's "dictating" manager Bernie Rhodes, who is portrayed as the source of tension between Joe Strummer and Jones. "Bernie was worried about this project and he said he was gonna sue me," Garica said. "I sent him the script. Then he said, 'This is wrong, that is wrong, that guy is an asshole.' But then he said, 'Go for it.' I actually like the guy. He's a really clever guy."
Garcia said it was really "fucked up" to find out the real story behind the band after reading White's account in his book, 'Out of Control: The Last Days of the Clash.' "I thought, if I didn't know this, other people don't know this," he explained.
Among those in attendance was Marky Ramone, who spoke to Rolling Stone before the screening about the Ramones' days on tour with the Clash. "We toured with them in 1977 for five weeks, so I got to know them very well and they were great guys – especially Joe."
Ramiro Saavedra, 27-year-old guitarist from Arequipa, Peru brought forth a near-perfect imitation of Kurt Cobain on the national musical competition show "Yo Soy" ("I am"). Saavedra played a medley of songs from Nirvana's album, "Nevermind," including "Come as You Are" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The judges requested the last song, and could barely contain themselves when Saavedra broke into its anthemic chorus.
One judge called Saavedra "the best contestant that we've had [on the show]" in his post-performance assessment of the guitarist.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, wife Courtney Love and their infant daughter Frances Bean Cobain are featured in a video clip that was originally part of the Patty Schemel documentary, 'Hit So Hard,' which has been showing at film festivals around the country. In the clip, Cobain and Love sing an unreleased track called 'Stinking of You.'
Cobain plays with his baby daughter Frances Bean throughout the video, much of which looks to be shot in their apartment.
It's looks as though Courtney Love is keeping her promise for now after recently apologizing to her daughter via twitter after previously ranting on her account that she'd heard from her daughter's roommate and a driver that ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl had hit on and possibly slept with Frances.
Francis Bean Cobain then responded by releasing this statement to the media: "While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I'm in a monogamous relationship and very happy," she said before adding, "Twitter should ban my mother." Twitter hasn't banned Courtney, and it seems she's good for a bit of controversy every few months. I'm guesssing something pops up (or out) with her by the end of the summer.
Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Seattle in this day in 1994. Cobain’s body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system, who initially believed that Cobain was asleep, until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin. A suicide note was found that said, "I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing . . . for too many years now". A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain’s body. His death was officially ruled as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. R.I.P. Kurt Cobain, you will continue to live on in your music, touching multi- generations.
Here's an NBC report with Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams from that day:
Here's a CNN News report about Kurt's death:
KOMO-TV Seattle News reports:
Here's Kurt Loder on MTV with the news:
Here's Diane Sawyer on ABC News:
Nirvana News: Photographer Anton Corbijin recalls working with Kurt in New Yorker Magazine, Courtney love bashes the Muppets
A new article in New Yorker Magazine called 'Still Moving: Photographers Music Videos' by Jessie Wender, recaps some of his favorite video collaborations between famous photographers and musicians.
Photographer Anton Corbijn was interviewed on his working with Kurt Cobain of Nirvana on the 'Heart Shaped Box' video. Anton says "I worked for two days in Seattle with Nirvana as a photographer in August, 1993," Corbijn told me. "Afterwards Kurt told me he was interested to see my Echo & the Bunnymen videos, as Courtney had told him about these. So those were duly sent off, and a few weeks later I received a fax from Kurt. He had written a very detailed script for the song 'Heart Shaped Box,' and drew the set idea as well. It was extremely precise and detailed. I had never met a musician who was able to visualise his own music so well. In any case, my videos tend to be made from my ideas, based on the music. Kurt had sent me a script that became ninety per cent of the video. I added some stuff (the big woman 'mother earth,' the road through the poppies, the fake birds, fake butterflies, etc.), but this was very much Kurt’s video. He wanted the film to be shot in Technicolor, but that was not possible, so we shot in color, then transferred to black-and-white and then hand-tinted every single frame—a process that took weeks, but it made the video look very up whilst the imagery was really dark. Clever, in retrospect, as MTV never asked for any changes. Kurt asked me again for the next video, 'Pennyroyal Tea,' but I felt that I couldn’t top the 'Heart Shaped Box' video and turned it down. He then said without me he would never make another video, and unfortunately he never did.”
Read the entire article here.
Courtney Love cointinues to lose her mind publically as she has now told TMZ that the Muppets "raped" the memory of her late husband Kurt Cobain by using Nirvana's hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in their 2011 movie.
The Hole frontwoman claims she has absolute control over the usage of Cobain's catalog, but that is just not the truth. Love apparently sold half of her remaining rights to the music to Primary Wave Music and gave the company the exclusive right to distribute Nirvana's complete catalog.
So the company has the legal standing to license the song for the barbershop quartet version in the movie, and not only that, it obtained permission from Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. On top of that, Grohl is even in the movie.
The real story is this: Back in 2005, Love sold 25 percent of the rights to the Nirvana catalog, walking away with $50 million in the process. Five years later, she was offered $162 million for the rest of her majority stake, an offer she said she was considering because the songs and their royalties were "cursed."
Sounds like another blantant attempt to keep the Courtney Love name out there, since the last time we heard from her was for exposing her tits at a rock festival overseas. Keep your clothes on and go spend your Muppet money Love, because Hole sucks now, and your ex-husband was behind your only album that was any good.