Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"Total bullshit"

I've not seen the Nirvana documentary Montage Of Heck yet, though it was recommended to me again last week. Turns out that the Melvins' Buzz Osborne, who was a long-time friend of Kurt Cobain and is not exactly renowned for mincing his words, is not a fan.

In a 2015 article for Talkhouse, he accuses the documentary makers of failing to fact-check, instead taking everything that Cobain and Courtney Love said as being true. It's nothing new to hear someone observing that "history becomes elastic every time Courtney Love opens her mouth", but Osborne also makes the point that Cobain too was "a master of jerking your chain".

"Unfortunately", he concludes, "it matters very little what the facts are; what matters is what people believe. And when it comes to Cobain, most of what they believe is fabricated nonsense."

Incidentally, Osborne's piece is a reminder why I should visit Talkhouse more often - as were recent articles on Swans' ability to "express the inexpressible" by Jon Mueller and on the new Oh Sees LP Smote Reverser by Future Of The Left's Andy Falkous.

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