Bad news, good news and not such great news about Kurt Cobain's legacy.
In the bad news column, I learned from Sound on the Sound that Nirvana's entire "Nevermind" album will be featured on the latest Wii guitar game, Rock Band. While another, more popular video game series, Guitar Hero, has earned credibility amongst most folks (except real musicians, who prefer playing real instruments), Kurt should still be rolling over in his grave about this commoditzation.
Of course, put Courtney Love in charge of your catalog and estate (She reportedly made $50 million selling 25% of Nirvana's song catalog in 2006) and you get what you deserve. More recently, she gave some "collectibles association" permission to use Kurt Cobain's likeness on tacky stuff like lunchboxes and key chains.
In the good news column, Love says that she'll be auctioning off most of Cobain's remaining memoriabilia. Good news for collecters and music enthusaists who know she doesn't deserve to sing a Nirvana song.
"I'm going to have a Christie's auction," Love tells Spinner. "[My house] is like a mausoleum. My daughter [14-year-old Frances Bean] doesn't need to inherit a giant Hefty bag full of flannel fucking shirts ... A sweater, a guitar and the lyrics to 'Teen Spirit' -- that's what my daughter gets. And the rest of it we'll just fucking sell."
And finally in the not so great news column, filmmaker A.J. Schnack has made a new film called "Kurt Cobain: About a Son." The indie, scheduled to screen and film festivals this fall, is a "moving meditation on the late singer" culled from 25 hours of conversations between the singer and writer Michael Azzerad. According to the Seattlest, it features Cobain talking and a score by Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard. R.E.M., David Bowie and Iggy Pop are slated to be on the movie's soundtrack.
Why is this in the not so great news column? Well, because every other Nirvana or Kurt Cobain movie has sucked. But perhaps this one has hope. See the film's trailer below.