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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
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
“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
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Have to ever wanted to hear Ozzy Osbourne give his thoughts on the Beatles? If you answered yes, today is your lucky day. After the world premiere of “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,” which is excellent – by the way, Ozzy took a few questions from the audience. He’s sitting next to his son Jack Osbourne who produced the documentary about his dad. Also in the clip, you’ll hear a fan suggest an album title for Ozzy’s next record – and Ozzy likes it. Wow! Enjoy!
Photos by G.
Jack Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne
On April 24, 2011, I attended the world premiere of the documentary about Rock and Roll’s Prince of Darkness – “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Side note: best way ever to spend Easter!) The film is great. It is a chronological look through Ozzy Osbourne’s life. Ozzy talks about knowing he could never take a corporate job and how at age 10, he discovered the music of The Beatles and knew exactly what he wanted to do in his life. There’s great footage from his Black Sabbath days through his solo career inter spliced with all of the excesses of the rock and roll life along the way.
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (poster art by Shepard Fairey)
Ozzy talks very candidly throughout the film about his days of legendary partying, moments such as the death of his guitarist Randy Rhoads (who died in a plane crash) that changed his life and he also discusses sobriety. You’ll hear testimonies from all of his kids that say what a lousy father he was (though it appears that all have mended fences now), from rockers such as Tommy Lee who tells stories of epic drug and drink binges (and smearing shit on a hotel room wall). There’s even a scene where Ozzy watches old videos and provides commentary (from not liking the video to having no recollection of it being filmed). Yes, Ozzy Osbourne has cheated death many times. As you will see from “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,” he’s more alive than ever and he’s not stopping any time soon. You’ll laugh, you’ll rock and you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the life of a man who is truly one of a kind.
Everyone that attended the premiere was treated to commemorative laminates of the event as well as an exclusive T-shirt designed by Shepard Fairey with the poster art. When you think it couldn’t get any better, Ozzy and the film makers took a few questions from the audience! What a night!
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne
See a special guest (and legend) who was spotted in the crowd – after the jump.
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Brian Williams and Robert DeNiro
As part of the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York, news anchor Brian Williams had a public conversation with Robert DeNiro. In a fascinating hour and a half long discussion, Robert DeNiro talked about the following things: the fact that he hasn’t seen the movie “Taxi Driver” in full in a very long time, his sadness that the “old” New York is quickly disappearing. In addition, DeNiro mentioned he has no plans of retiring any time soon, he’s currently involved in no less than 7 projects and that the all mighty website IMDB currently has DeNiro’s middle name wrong. The site has “Mario” listed and it’s actually “Anthony.” (I have a video of that moment if anyone is interested in seeing it. If 10 people leave comments, I’ll post it). Special thanks to the Goddess of all things cool for the hookup!
Photo by G. Info from Brooklyn Vegan.
Set to premiere at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, The Union chronicles the making of the 2010 album of the same name, a collaboration between pop icon Elton John and legendary rock ‘n’ roll keyboardist Leon Russell. Crowe is, of course, known for making classic music narratives, including Singles (1992) and Almost Famous (2000), and fans can’t wait to see what he does in the documentary format with Elton and Leon.
We’ve been working hard on a plan for the opening night event, which will be co-sponsored by AOL, supported by Goldman Sachs, and hosted by Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, the location of the outdoor festivities. And special thanks to ESPN.
Here’s the scoop:
• A TFF wristband is required to be seated at the event.
• Wristbands will be distributed to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on April 20 at 4:00 pm.
• The distribution site is the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center–at the West Side Highway entrance, just north of Chambers.
• There will be a limit of two wristbands per person.
• When you get your wristband, you will also get a list of details about how, when, and where to find your seat.
• The screening will begin at 8:15 pm on April 20, 2011
• Details are still being firmed up, but programming at the Plaza may begin at approximately 7:30.
• Note: Venue access and capacity are at the discretion of the NYPD.