Video: Courtney Love Discusses Watching “Montage of Heck”

Posted by The G on April 20, 2015 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

HD Video, photos and words by G.

Courtney Love

Courtney Love

When Nirvana’s music was new in the early 1990s, I was in a “I will only listen to classic rock and Prince” phase, so I missed out on being present for arguably the last band that really changed the world.  About 10 years after Kurt Cobain committed suicide, I was ready to hear Nirvana’s music with an open-minded ear, and I had a way after the fact epiphany on their greatness.  For those who gave Kurt that crown in his life time, they are about to see a whole different side of Kurt Cobain that until now has only existed in myths and legends.

Courtney Love and Brett Morgen

Courtney Love and Brett Morgen

At the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2015, I went to the premiere of Brett Morgen’s documentary “Montage of Heck,” and if you are even remotely interested in Nirvana or Kurt Cobain, I cannot recommend this movie enough to you.  The film has everything you could ask for – from lots of home movies of a young Kurt Cobain to interviews with mother, father, sister, generous helpings of entries from his journals that come to life (you’ll see!), performance footage and home movies that show him as a loving, but drug addicted father (and apparently 80% of the footage in the film has never been seen before by the public).  You will see that from an early age, Kurt was tremendously talented, yet also very troubled.  From bad family relations to chronic stomach problems, to drug use, Kurt Cobain had the odds stacked against him from the very beginning, but he did not let any of these things deter his love of music and he made his vision of becoming a rock star a reality.  What he didn’t expect (and memo to everyone post 1900 that becomes famous – everyone wants a piece of you all the time!  If you don’t want that, look for a different path in life), was that you can’t just be famous and have people leave you alone.  At the height of Nirvana’s fame in 1991, Kurt canceled a tour to instead do drugs and hang out in his apartment.   Every time Kurt would get his shit together, the moment was fleeting and he would relapse into drug use, even after he and his wife, Courtney Love, had a child.  He was haunted by magazine articles that openly called out their drug use, as Courtney owns up to being on heroin while pregnant.  Coupled with the paranoia that she was cheating, Kurt Cobain overdosed on pills while on tour in Italy and committed suicide a month later at the age of 27.  You’ll probably never hear “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” from their legendary MTV Unplugged appearance the same way again.

Courtney Love and Brett Morgen

Courtney Love and Brett Morgen

“Montage of Heck,” will make you will feel like you are eavesdropping in intimate moments, when you see footage of Kurt and Courtney in the bathroom getting ready (the footage was shot by a member of Courtney’s band Hole) and you might even feel disgusted when you see the shambolic state of their living quarters, riddled with trash, but most of all, when you see Kurt nodding out from heroin use while he and Courtney are cutting their daughter’s hair, you will feel sad for a man who may have had fortune and fame, but had a pretty shitty life in most respects.  After the film, director Brett Morgen and Courtney Love discussed the film and Courtney alluded to the fact that a sex tape exists (it’s thankfully not in “Montage of Heck”).  Much of what they discussed is readily available in articles you’ll see about the film, but I thought the most poignant moment was Courtney Love discussing what it was like to see the film.  Get the tissues ready and check out this clip.

“Montage of Heck” will be shown on HBO on May 4, 2015 and you should not miss it!  Hopefully a DVD release date will be announced soon, because this is possibly the most important document that Nirvana fans could ever own (and if Brett Morgen is reading, please fill it with bonus features!!!!).  Coincidentally, I recently read the book “Heavier Than Heaven” by Charles Cross and I also recommend it as it will fill in some of the gaps that this amazing 2 hour and 12 minute movie didn’t have time to get to.

Montage of Heck Poster

Montage of Heck Poster

Linkage – July 31, 2012

Posted by The G on July 31, 2012 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

Don’t say I never give you flowers.

Here’s some stories I read today.  Maybe you’ll read them too.  Links are subject to change.

-The 20 richest rappers are… (via Prefixmag).  Can you name 20 songs by each?  I can’t!

-Follow on Twitter.

Gina Gershon has the best book name ever:  “In Search of Cleo – How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind” (via

Courtney Love tells Lana Del Rey that “Heart Shaped Box” is about her twat.  (via Spin)

-Street artist Morley goes international, baby! (via Melrose and Fairfax)

-Follow on Twitter.

Street Art is now being ranked Billboard Magazine style.  Here’s what’s hot in July.  (via Complex Mag)

-An interview with Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum, whose second album “Nocturne” has leaked a month early and is great!  (via Pitchfork)

Ryan McGinley directed a video for Sigur Ros (via Stereogum).

-Don’t fuck with the gays, Chick-Fil-A.  (via Huffington Post).

-RIP Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control and Electric 6. (via Spin).

-Follow on Twitter.

What you got?


“And She’s Not Even Pretty” by Courtney Love at Fred Torres Collaborations

Posted by The G on May 2, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Courtney Love.

"And She's Not Even Pretty" by Courtney Love. Showing at Fred Torres Collaborations in New York from May 3 - June 15, 2012.

Finally!  Rock goddess Courtney Love is making headlines not for her scandalous tweets and her wild life, but instead for a side of her that the public has not gotten to see – her art!  “And She’s Not Even Pretty,” at Fred Torres Collaborations in New York showcases 45 works of art by Courtney Love.  Her drawings reference the isolation of the Rock and Roll life, shattered romances, insecurity and rejection.

I'm a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here.

During the press preview for the exhibit, Courtney Love fielded questions and she mentioned that most of the works in this exhibit were made between 2011 and 2012.  It seemed that Courtney was uneasy talking to the art press but she stayed to do interviews and answer questions for about an hour and a half!  I asked her who her favorite artists were and she mentioned Julian Schnabel and David LaChapelle, but said “there are so many I love.”

Not My Cunt On My Dime Mister

If you are a fan of Courtney Love’s music, you will not want to miss this exhibit as you will get to see a very vulnerable side to the hard living singer.  The works range in size and below, you can see my favorite panel in the exhibit.

Courtney Love

Courtney Love

For more detail, head over to Fred Torres Collaborations (located at 527 West 29th Street) in New York.  “And She’s Not Even Pretty” by Courtney Love runs from May 3 to June 15, 2012.

After the jump, see a photo of Courtney talking to the press as well as my signature – a photo with the artist.

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Name Change of the Day

Posted by The G on April 21, 2010 under GNN | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.

The Artist Formerly Known as Courtney Love

The BBC is reporting that Courtney Love no longer wants to be known by that moniker as it is too oppressive.  From this second forth, she’d like to be known by her birth name Courtney Michelle.  Fair enough, but just so you know Courtney Michelle, most of the world is going to continue to call you by this name: Batshit Crazy!

Kurt Cobain Movie Rumours

Posted by The G on April 11, 2010 under GNN | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Courtney Love and Scarlett Johansson

If you are like me and you believe everything you read on the internet, you’ll have no problem with a report from The Sun that Courtney Love is in talks to have a bio-pic of Kurt Cobain’s life coming soon to the big screen. Scarlett Johansson will play Courtney Love and Robert Pattinson will play Kurt Cobain.  I think ScarJo as Courtney might be good casting but R-Patz as Kurt?  What do you think of these rumours?  Who is your ideal Kurt and Courtney?

Robert Pattinson as Kurt Cobain?

PS.  The pictures above were taken (with my hand) at the following:  Courtney and Scarlett (at Carnegie Hall in 2009); Robert Pattinson in the East Village of New York on the set of “Remember Me.”

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