New Documentary To ‘Demystify’ Tragic Death Of Kurt Cobain

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A new documentary exploring the tragic death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is to air on the BBC later this year.

This documentary is to “demystify” the death of the musician, who died from suicide 30 years ago, on April 5, 1994. He was 27 years old.

Cobain died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head at his home in Seattle, with his death sparking many conspiracy theories over the years, including that he was murdered by his wife and Hole lead singer Courtney Love.

Love and Cobain also shared a child, Francis Bean Cobain, who is now 31 years old.

“telling the story direct from the scene”

According the Head of BBC Popular Music TV, Jonathan Rothery, the documentary aims to “demystify” the conspiracy theories surrounding the lead singer’s death.

“Kurt Cobain’s life and death has turned into myth and legend since his passing. This documentary tries to demystify that moment in time by telling the story direct from the scene, via fly on the wall footage filmed by those that were there”, he said.

This film will also show, “footage captured by local fans in Seattle and raw material from news crews reporting at the time are woven together, immersing the viewers in the events that unfolded, as they happened”.

It will also feature, “poignant reaction from the electrician who discovered Kurt’s body when installing a security system at his Seattle home; statements from police at the scene; the chaos, confusion and devastation caught on video by his fans – including the moment a tape recording of an emotional Courtney Love reading her late husband’s final letter was played out to a crowd of thousands at a vigil in Seattle; and a revealing interview with Cobain himself, just months before he died”. 

“Moments that Shook Music”

Marking 30 years since his death, the BBC have confirmed that a series of programmes will be showcased, aimed at ending the “myth and legend” surrounding Cobain’s tragic demise.

Such programmes include ‘Moments That Shook Music: Kurt Cobain’, from Touchdown Films. BBC Two will also dedicate an entire Saturday night to Kurt Cobain.

“Told exclusively through powerful and rare archive footage – some of which has never been seen on British TV before – Moments that Shook Music: Kurt Cobain is a visceral account of the days that surrounded that tragic moment in 1994 when Cobain took his own life”, a press release said.

BBC Two will also reshow ‘When Nirvana Came To Britain’, examining the bond between Nirvana and the UK, including the iconic Reading Festival, and former drummer Dave Grohl’s band, Foo Fighters.

Last November, the guitar used by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s last ever show, was sold for $1.5 million. More on that here.