Frances Bean Cobain opens up about Kurt for the first time: 'I don't really like Nirvana that much'

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Frances Bean Cobain Speaks Publicly About Dad Kurt for the First Time

Just because Kurt Cobain's her father, doesn't mean Frances Bean Cobain has to like his music.

In a new Rolling Stone Q&A, the outspoken 22-year-old daughter of the late Cobain and Courtney Love admits she isn't really a fan of his legendary grunge band Nirvana.

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Frances Bean Cobain opens up about Kurt for the first time: 'I don't really like Nirvana that much'
Musician Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain attend 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 2, 1993 at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California.
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Frances Bean Cobain and designer Jeremy Scott attend the 'Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck' Premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at The Marc Theatre on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Sundance)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
381721 01: Courtney Love (R) and daughter Frances Bean Cobain, enjoy courtside seats with a friend at the Los Angeles Lakers-Houston Rockets game November 12, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Frances Bean Cobain and Lindsey Ray attend Eddie Martinez 'Nomader' Opening on September 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Kohn Gallery)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 02: Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and baby Frances Bean attending the 1993 MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles 09/02/93 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Frances Bean Cobain arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Twilight' at the Mann Village and Bruin Theaters on November 17, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
American singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994), performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of the television program 'MTV Unplugged,' New York, New York, Novemeber 18, 1993. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 23: READING FESTIVAL Photo of Eugene KELLY and Kurt COBAIN and NIRVANA, Kurt Cobain with Eugene Kelly performing live onstage (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Frances Bean Cobain and Lindsey Ray attend Eddie Martinez 'Nomader' Opening on September 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Kohn Gallery)
Courtney Love & Daughter Frances Bean Cobain (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Courtney Love & Daughter Frances Bean Cobain (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
GERMANY - NOVEMBER 12: Photo of Krist NOVOSELIC and Kurt COBAIN and Dave GROHL and NIRVANA; L-R: Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, posed, group shot (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)
Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Courtney Love (right) and daughter Frances Bean Cobain at the Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during 1993 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2007 file photo, singer Courtney Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain pose as they arrive at the City of Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive Committee event honoring Gianni Versace and his sister Donatella Versace with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
Dave Grohl,Kurt Cobain and Kirst Novoselic of Nirvana (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Rock star Courtney Love and 12-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain attend the finale of FOX network's "American Idol" finale at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 25, 2005. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Actress and musician Courtney Love, right, is joined by daughter Frances Bean Cobain before boarding the USS John C. Stennis for the premiere of Disney's film "Pearl Harbor" in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Monday, May 21, 2001. The movie opens in theaters Friday.(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Tom Freston, Sumner Redstone, Courtney Love witrh daughter Frances Bean Cobain, guest, Danny Goldberg, and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 10: A letter from entertainer Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love stands on display December 10, 2004 in New York City. Christie's, in a partnership with Julien's, will hold a Rock & Roll and Entertainment Memorabilia auction Friday, December 17, 2004. The sale, which will include such items as guitars owned by Beatle George Harrison, an Academy Award from 1941 for Best Picture, interview tapes of John Lennon, letters from Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love and numerous Elvis memorabilia, is expected to realize in the region of $3 million. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
(NO TABLOIDS) Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during Nirvana in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love pose with director Brett Morgen at the 'Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck' Premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at The Marc Theatre on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Sundance)
UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 30: READING FESTIVAL Photo of Kurt COBAIN and NIRVANA, Kurt Cobain performing live onstage, wearing wig (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 25: HILVERSUM Photo of Kurt COBAIN and NIRVANA, Kurt Cobain recording in Hilversum Studios smoking cigarette (Photo by Michel Linssen/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Emma Roberts (L) and Frances Bean Cobain attend the pre-party for the premiere of the Twentieth Century Fox film 'Aquamarine' on February 26, 2006 at the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 25: Kurt Cobain from Nirvana performs live on stage at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands on November 25 1991 (photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)
Married singers Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain w. their daughter Frances Bean. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 25: HILVERSUM Photo of NIRVANA, Kurt Cobain, posed, looking to camera, recording in Hilversum Studios (Photo by Michel Linssen/Redferns)
NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 25: HILVERSUM Photo of Kurt COBAIN and NIRVANA, Kurt Cobain recording in Hilversum Studios (Photo by Michel Linssen/Redferns)
Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana with wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Married singers Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain w. their daughter Frances Bean. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during MTV Live and Loud: Nirvana Performs Live - December 1993 at Pier 28 in Seattle, Washington, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana with wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during MTV Live and Loud: Nirvana Performs Live - December 1993 at Pier 28 in Seattle, Washington, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
American singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994), performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of the television program 'MTV Unplugged,' New York, New York, Novemeber 18, 1993. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, a sign marks the location of "Kurt Cobain Landing," a tiny park blocks from the childhood home of Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, in Aberdeen, Wash. Cobain's mother is putting the tired, 1.5-story Aberdeen bungalow on the market this week, the same month as the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's final studio album. The home, last assessed at less than $67,000, is being listed for $500,000, but the family would also be happy entering into a partnership with anyone who wants to turn it into a museum. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, graffiti, mostly written about Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, adorns the underside of the Young Street Bridge blocks from his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash. Cobain's mother is putting the family's tired, 1.5-story Aberdeen bungalow, where Cobain spent many of his childhood years, on the market this week, the same month as the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's final studio album. The home, last assessed at less than $67,000, is being listed for $500,000, but the family would also be happy entering into a partnership with anyone who wants to turn it into a museum. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana with wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Frances Bean Cobain arrives at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party at Vibiana on Sepember 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Frances Bean Cobain is seen at LAX on January 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JOCE/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actress Courtney Love (C) daughter Frances Bean Cobain (R) and photographer David LaChapelle arrive at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style awards held at Beverly Hills City Hall on February 8, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Artist Frances Bean Cobain (L) and director Brett Morgen attend the HBO documentary films Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Sundance premiere on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for HBO)
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"I don't really like Nirvana that much," she grins. "The grunge scene is not what I'm interested in."

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Still, her father's music and image were understandably "inescapable" growing up.

"I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable," she says. "Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there's my dad. He's larger than life. And our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal."

"If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible . . . But he wasn't," she muses. "He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt."

Frances poses for the magazine in what's sure to be a controversial pic -- her left wrist is slit -- and the visual artist also shares that her father's bandmates see him in her.

"Dave [Grohl], Krist [Novoselic] and Pat [Smear] came over to a house where I was living," she recalls. "It was the first time [the ex-Nirvana members] had been together in a long time. And they had what I call the 'K. C. Jeebies,' which is when they see me, they see Kurt. They look at me, and you can see they're looking at a ghost."

"Dave said, 'She is so much like Kurt,'" she remembers.

Frances calls the upcoming HBO Kurt Cobain doc Montage of Heck, which she executive produced, "emotional journalism."

"It's the closest thing to having Kurt tell his own story in his own words -- by his own aesthetic, his own perception of the world," she shares. "It paints a portrait of a man attempting to cope with being a human. I told [director Brett Morgan], 'I don't want the mythology of Kurt or the romanticism.'"

Obviously, the notoriously private Frances still feels the loss of not growing up with a dad. She was only a year old when her father committed suicide.

"Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him," Frances says. "I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn't want to be here and everyone would be happier without him. [But] in reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience."

HBO will air Montage of Heck on May 4.

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