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Kurt Cobain: About A Son

Kurt Cobain would have turned 41 on February 20th if he had not shot himself. On this birth anniversary of one of rock's most influential individuals Shout! Factory released a DVD titled Kurt Cobain: About A Son that presents Cobain from a first person perspective.

The film is anchored by Kurt Cobain's own voice as pulled from over 25 hours of previously unheard interviews recorded by music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book Come As You Are: The Story Of Nirvana.  These conversations are spliced together and presented with visuals from areas in Washington state where Cobain lived, worked and died. When Kurt references a particular place you are shown a video montage of the place. The imagery in the film provides a sense of looking through Cobain's eyes, as a ghost.

The documentary style is extremely effective, but the random close up shots of unknown human faces leaves you wondering if these people are actually connected to Cobain in some way, or if they just happen to be residents of the areas where Cobain lived. Apart from this annoying unexplained technique you'll find yourself becoming engulfed in Cobain's words. At times his troubled emotional state becomes clear and you'll get a glimpse of the things that ultimately contributed to his suicide.

About A Son is a fascinating exposé on Kurt Cobain, and the visuals undoubtedly add depth and intimacy to the audio interviews, which are the foundation of the film.

The original score was created by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Nirvana producer Steve Fisk, and also contains the music of 20 artists who influenced or touched Cobain during his lifetime. This playlist features the tracks heard in the film.

The DVD is a must for Nirvana fans. A must for music historians. And a must for those who love to live vicariously.

Kurt Cobain: About A Son Playlist

1. Overture - Steve Fisk/Benjamin Gibbard 

2. Never Intended (Audio Excerpt) - Arlo Guthrie

3. The Motorcycle Song - Arlo Guthrie 

4. Eye Flys - Melvins 

5. Punk Rock (Audio Excerpt) - Melvins

6. Banned In D.C. - Bad Brains 

7. Up Around The Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival

8. Put Some Sugar On It - Half Japanese 

9. Son Of A Gun - The Vaselines

10. Graveyard - Butthole Surfers

11. Hardcore Was Dead (Audio Excerpt) - Butthole Surfers 

12. Owner's Lament - Scratch Acid 

13. Touch Me I'm Sick - Mudhoney

14. Car Radio (Audio Excerpt) - Mudhoney

15. The Passenger - Iggy Pop

16. Bourgeois Blues - The Blue Rags 

17. New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 - R.E.M.

18. The  Limelight (Audio Excerpt) - R.E.M.

19. The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie

20. Museum - Mark Lanegan 

21. Indian Summer - Benjamin Gibbard 

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