vonChristian Ihle 24.06.2015

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Fast überall hat die Kurt-Cobain-Doku “Montage Of Heck” euphorische Kritiken geernet, wohingegen wir hier im Popblog eine etwas zurückhaltendere Meinung hatten (Review siehe hier).
Nun hat sich Buzz Osborne zu Wort gemeldet, dessen Band Melvis bekanntermaßen eine der wichtigsten Inspirationen von Cobain war und so Weggefährte von Nirvana wurden.
Seine Meinung zur Doku im Allgemeinen, aber zu Courtney Love im Besonderen ist einigermaßen vernichtend:

“First off, people need to understand that 90% of ‘Montage Of Heck’ is bullshit. Total bullshit. That’s the one thing no one gets about Cobain — he was a master of jerking your chain. For instance, I know the whole ‘I tried to fuck a fat retard’ story is complete bullshit,” he writes. “Not even an inkling of truth. That’s too good a story to have gone this long without me hearing about it, especially if, as he suggests, the girl’s father freaked out about it at the high school. In that small-town shit-hole, exciting news of that nature would have been common knowledge before the sun set. It never happened. And the trying-to-kill-himself-on-the-train-tracks story is bullshit as well. It never happened either. There it is, though, told in a recording of Kurt’s own voice so it must be true… right? Wrong.
Kurt also told me there was absolutely nothing wrong with his stomach. He made it up for sympathy and so he could use it as an excuse to stay loaded. Of course he was vomiting — that’s what people on heroin do, they vomit. It’s called ‘vomiting with a smile on your face.’ (…)

A lot of what [Courtney] says in this documentary doesn’t exactly jibe with things Kurt told me himself, but I suppose that’s not surprising when you consider history becomes elastic every time Courtney Love opens her mouth. For instance, she’d have us believe that Kurt tried to off himself when she’d only thought about cheating on him? Wow. That’s a whole lot different from the stories he told me in regards to Courtney’s behavior — and this was well before he ended up dead. And that’s just one example.
When Courtney speaks, the truth is certainly there, but God only knows where it begins and ends. In the 20 years since Kurt’s death, the undisputed facts of some of her stories seem to change almost hourly. I remain unconvinced in regards to her testimony, and I don’t think I’m alone. (…)

I find it amusing that the filmmakers never bothered to fact-check simple stuff like this, and just took Kurt and Courtney at their word. That’s a bit risky when you’re supposed to be making a behind-the-scenes documentary — but not surprising considering that not a lot of what’s out there about Kurt is the truth anyway. But no one seems to care. Unfortunately, it matters very little what the facts are; what matters is what people believe. And when it comes to Cobain, most of what they believe is fabricated nonsense. ‘Montage Of Heck’ does nothing to counter that. With that in mind, it’s really hard to take any of this film seriously… I suppose this movie will be interesting for NIRVANA completists, because it certainly reinforces their already twisted view of the man.”

People have said to me, which I think is crazy, ‘Do you ever get jealous that Kurt Cobain got fame and money?’ And I go, ‘Kurt Cobain is fucking dead. Are you kidding? What are you talking about? You think I would trade places with a dead guy?’ Yeah, I wish I had been more famous, and had more money, and was dead. No, no, no. I win. I win. He doesn’t win. He loses. He’s a major loser. His fucking loss. He left a baby at the mercy of that woman [Courtney Love]. And, it couldn’t be worse. There’s nothing good about any of that.”

(Buzz Osborne im Online Magazin “The Talkhouse“, via Blabbermouth)

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