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.