First authorized Kurt Cobain documentary to air on HBO

The first “fully authorized” documentary of the late Nirvana frontman will air on HBO.

Montage of Heck is set to premiere on HBO next year. The documentary is directed by Brett Morgen and is billed as the first “fully authorized” documentary about Kurt Cobain’s life. It was made with the help of his family, and his daughter, Frances Bean who served as an executive producer.

The documentary has “dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as perviously unheard Cobain originals, no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain’s archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks,” according to a press release. Morgen says:

I started work on this project eight years ago. Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.

Montage of Heck is named after a mixtape Cobain made in 1988; it surfaced earlier this year.

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