An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.
You have to hand it to Courtney Love. The official story of Kurt Cobain's death, that the man was congenitally suicidal and finally committed suicide in April, 1994, has been springing leaks for over 20 years. But this woman continues to work hard, really hard, to plug them up. And Montage of Heck is her latest, and in my opinion, her weakest attempt to maintain the lie.
In Montage of Heck. Wendy O'Connor, Don Cobain, Kim Cobain and who knows, perhaps even Krist Novoselic-are all people who have long been under Courtney's thumb. But for me, the most troubling interviewee is Wendy O'Connor.
The reality is that Wendy never supported Kurt's music career, which she freely admitted to Azerrad two years before Kurt's death.
"A lot of people ask me: 'When's he going to buy you a new car? When's he going to buy you a house?' says Cobain's mother. "I couldn't even accept it if he offered it. We could have helped him along if we would have realized that this was really going to be something. We thought he'd get over it. I wish we would have helped him out a little more. He owes us nothing." ["Inside the Heart and Mind of Kurt Cobain", Rolling Stone, April 16, 1992] Apparently Kurt agreed because he never gave Wendy a cent after he became successful and had only occasional (and always reluctant) contact with her. So it should surprise no one that Wendy made no attempt to locate Kurt after he went "missing" in April, 1994.
The weird thing is that Courtney quickly cultivated a close relationship with Wendy after marrying Kurt, for reasons that remain unclear. In fact, for years Courtney has been directing Wendy on what to say and to whom about Kurt and his death. For example, when Courtney filed a false Missing Person's Report in Wendy's name on April 4, 1994, just days prior to the discovery of Kurt's body, Wendy publicly went along with the lie. And during the ensuing days and months, Courtney continued to exert complete control over Wendy and even prohibited her from speaking to Tom Grant.
In 2001, Courtney issued a press release in Wendy's name viciously disparaging Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl and Wendy went along with it.
I don't know what's going on between Wendy and Courtney because they have certainly had their share of disagreements, most notably in 2006 when Courtney foreclosed on the home she bought for Wendy a few years after Kurt's death. But for some reason, they seem to be getting along again.
Any good criminal investigator will tell you that innocent people do not change their story much over time, while guilty people tend to alter their alibi often to cover their tracks. In due course, the most interesting thing about Courtney's interview in Montage of Heck is how she changed her story regarding Kurt's alleged Rome suicide attempt on March 4, 1994, and not for the first time.
In 1994 Courtney told Rolling Stone that she fell asleep and awoke sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 AM and found Kurt lying on the edge of the bed with $1,000 in his pocket and a note. A couple of months later Courtney told SPIN Magazine that she woke up at 4:00 AM and discovered Kurt lying on the floor with blood coming out of his nostril, holding $1,000 in one hand and a note in the other. In any case, the ambulance did not arrive until 6:30 AM. Why the two to three hour delay in calling the ambulance? It's a gaping hole in Courtney's alibi... a hole Montage of Heck tries to fill by claiming that Courtney woke up at 5:30 AM that day.
Moreover, Courtney told Rolling Stone that Kurt had ingested 50 Rohypnols in Rome. But in Montage of Heck she claims that Kurt took between 60 and 70 Rohypnols. Courtney also claims, for the first time, that Kurt attempted suicide in Rome because he thought she was cheating on him and felt betrayed. "I never, never cheated on him, but I certainly thought about it one time in London."
Although Courtney never uses his name, that person in London was Billy Corgan, and Courtney most definitely did cheat on Kurt with Corgan in London. She even went on vacation with Corgan a few weeks after Kurt's death, even though she was still playing the grieving widow in public.
In fact, we still maintain that the Rome overdose was really the first attempt on Kurt's life, not only because Courtney's entire story about what happened that night remains highly suspicious, but because it continues to change. However, it is important to note that Tom Grant has never once changed his story about his investigation into Kurt Cobain's death over the last 21 years.
One gets the sense from watching Montage of Heck that it won't be long before this massive pile of lies comes crashing down on them.
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- May 1, 2015