An upcoming documentary on fallen Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will be narrated by the man himself via a collection of taped interviews with journalist Michael Azerrad, author of 1993’s Nirvana tome Come As You Are.
Kurt Cobain About a Son is a collaboration between Azerrad and director AJ Schnack of They Might Be Giants documentary Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) fame and, according to MTV, “is based on 90 minutes of conversation taken from Azerrad’s tapes coupled with ethereal, ambient photography shot in the Washington towns of Aberdeen (where Cobain was born), Olympia (where he spent his late teens) and Seattle (where he died).
“Aside from Cobain's narrative, the film is also punctuated throughout by the music he loved — well-documented favorites like the Melvins and David Bowie of course, but also lesser-known faves like Queen, R.E.M. and Cheap Trick. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Pacific Northwest producer Steve Fisk (who helmed sessions for almost every regional band of note, including Nirvana) also provide a plaintive, ambient soundtrack.”
Azerrad interviewed Cobain for a Rolling Stone cover story, but struck up a friendship with the icon that lead to dozens of interviews for Come As You Are.
Among the revelations is that Cobain was a big Speed Racer fan, with a special place in his heart for Chim Chim the monkey.
Go figure. I always thought the monkey in his life was the one on his back. You know, that loveable rascal heroin.