Kurt Cobain

"Total bullsh*t": 5 things Kurt Cobain's close friend says aren't true about "Montage of Heck"

"Montage of Heck"? More like "Montage of Bullsh*t," according to Melvins member Buzz Osbourne


Colin Gorenstein
June 8, 2015 6:30PM (UTC)

Founding member of The Melvins and close friend of Kurt Cobain, Buzz Osbourne, is calling bullshit on the new documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" -- 90 percent of it. This Saturday, Osbourne told The Talkhouse that Brett Morgen's "behind-the-scenes" look at the late grunge-rock legend was "90 percent total bullshit."

But he wasn't necessarily surprised by how wrong Morgen got it, either. As Osbourne goes on to say, Cobain was the "master of jerking your chain" and, what else do you expect from a documentary which takes its facts from the notoriously unreliable narrator Courtney Love ("history becomes elastic every time Courtney Love opens her mouth")?

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"Unfortunately, it matters very little what the facts are; what matters is what people believe," Osbourne writes. "And when it comes to Cobain, most of what they believe is fabricated nonsense. 'Montage of Heck' does nothing to counter that. With that in mind, it’s really hard to take any of this film seriously."

Below, we've rounded up five instances of "bullshit," according to Buzz Osbourne:

1. Cobain did not try to “fuck a fat retard.” 

"Not even an inkling of truth. That’s too good a story to have gone this long without me hearing about it, especially if, as he suggests, the girl’s father freaked out about it at the high school. In that small-town shit-hole, exciting news of that nature would have been common knowledge before the sun set. It never happened."

2. Cobain did not try to kill himself on the train tracks. 

"It never happened either. There it is, though, told in a recording of Kurt’s own voice so it must be true…right? Wrong."

3. Cobain was not suffering from chronic stomach pain.

"Kurt also told me there was absolutely nothing wrong with his stomach. He made it up for sympathy and so he could use it as an excuse to stay loaded. Of course he was vomiting — that’s what people on heroin do, they vomit. It’s called 'vomiting with a smile on your face.'"

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4. Cobain did not try to "off himself" when Courtney Love thought about cheating on him.

"Wow. That’s a whole lot different from the stories he told me in regards to Courtney’s behavior — and this was well before he ended up dead. And that’s just one example."

5. Cobain did not live under a bridge in Aberdeen (not included in the film).

"At least they spared us the horrendously overblown tale of him living under a bridge in Aberdeen. Another bullshit story. As far as I know, Kurt never set foot under any bridge in that town, let alone lived under one. That whole idea is romanticized crazy-talk for glassy-eyed, stoned teenagers and pathetic, middle-aged, rock & roll morons."


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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