Montage of Heck, the heart-wrenching documentary on the rise and fall of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, wowed audiences and critics when it premiered earlier this year. The film, executive produced by his only daughter, Frances Bean Cobain (who just got married over the weekend to Isaiah Silva from The Eeries in a secret ceremony where Courtney Love Cobain was conspicuously absent), is a raw, intimate look at Cobain's struggles with fame, family, and addiction. For many, it was a long, hard look at a remarkable musician's life cut short.
To look on the lighter side of things (if that's possible) the overturning of dirt in the wake of a tragedy can often reveal gems. While making the documentary, director Brett Morgen went through tons of Cobain's personal effects and uncovered a collection of songs found on stashed away tapes — songs that comprise a soundtrack of sorts for the film.
Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings will be released on CD, cassette, and digital formats on November 13, and as a 2xLP on December 4. The album will contain demos, experimental songs, and even a comedy routine. A Cobain 7" containing an early demo of a song called "Sappy," and a cover of The Beatles' "And I Love Her" is also set to come out on December 4.
Montage of Heck (the film) will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 13. A "super deluxe" Blu-Ray/DVD package will include the documentary, the 31-track soundtrack on CD and cassette, 48 minutes of interviews, a 160-page book of interviews and images from the Cobain archives, a movie poster, postcards, bookmark, and a puzzle. Just in time for Christmas. (Sad face)