5 Things We Learned From Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

Would Nirvana really have gone anywhere if they had been called "Man Bug"?

Kurt Cobain Montage Of Heck There have been a lot of publications on Kurt Cobain, but none as in-depth and personal as 2015 documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Director Brett Morgen does a tremendous job showing the intricacies of Cobain€™s complicated persona through the use of personal journal entries, scribbled sketches and unreleased audiotapes, artistically compiled together in an explicit timeline of the troubled rock star€™s life. While others have attempted it in the past, never before has there been such a human portrayal of Kurt Cobain. From his humble yet formative upbringing in Aberdeen, Seattle, to his rise to inescapable fame and untimely death, we are invited to sit down and play the role of Kurt Cobain€™s psychologist throughout the documentary. For the first time ever, we are introduced to Kurt€™s entire personality, ultimately challenging the cultural perception of who he was. So what did we learn about the Nirvana frontman from this experience? Let€™s take a look at the revelations and new information gained about the troubled Nirvana frontman.

5. He Tried To Kill Himself Whilst Still In School

While there was some evidence that Kurt wasn€™t happy during his childhood, the documentary sheds new light on Kurt Cobain€™s formative years, including a revealing insight to a teenage Kurt attempting suicide on a train track. Montage of Heck begins with a happy, inquisitive young Kurt seen through the lens of the family camcorder. He looks to be an ordinary, happy little boy with a good heart and angelic nature, but the tone soon shifts as we progress into Cobain€™s teenage years. Kurt€™s journals reveal he was lonely, and probably felt rejected and betrayed by his family due to their split. He began stealing, damaging property, experimenting with drugs and also contemplating suicide. The line €œI wasn€™t going out of this world without knowing what it was like to get laid€ explains how desperate he was, and it was desperation which lead to Kurt losing his virginity to an overweight girl with learning difficulties. When the kids at Kurt€™s school began bullying and abusing him about it, Kurt decided he couldn€™t handle it, and €œgot drunk and high, and went down to the train tracks to wait for the 11 o clock train€. Spared only because the train was travelling on the other set of tracks, Kurt was freaked out enough by the near miss that he decided to try and rehabilitate himself. This suicidal attitude at a young age is a telling characteristic of Kurt€™s personality, and foreshadows his later depression, heroin escapism and eventual death.

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