Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain's daughter warns Lana Del Rey: Stop romanticizing the death of young musicians

Frances Bean Cobain: "The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize"


Sarah Gray
June 23, 2014 7:20PM (UTC)

In a profile for the Guardian, Lana Del Rey spoke about her new album, "Ultraviolence," and uttered a now much-contested quote about the allure of dying young. In a conversation about musicians that she and the world idolize -- Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and others -- the singer told Tim Jonze: "I wish I was dead already." (The audio can be heard below.)

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The piece and quote set off a firestorm of confusion and criticism -- including from Lana Del Rey, who tweeted (and deleted) angry messages about the interview.

One of those to speak out was Frances Bean Cobain. In a series of tweets the daughter of the late Nirvana frontman and Courtney Love said:

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Bean said the Tweets were not meant as an attack, but rather trying to give perspective.

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Frances Bean Cobain was 1-and-a-half when her father committed suicide at the age of 27.


Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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