According to The Pulse Of Radio, late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain has been portrayed for years as a reluctant rock star who did not care for the spotlight, but in a new National Geographic documentary about the '90s, his widow Courtney Love claims that the opposite was actually the case.
In the show, titled "The '90s: The Last Great Decade?", Love states, "He wanted it bad. He wrote to every major (and) minor label, 'We'll pay. Let us be on your label.' He was desperate to be the biggest rock star in the world. But he made it look like it was thrust upon him."
Love adds, "He got called the voice of a generation a lot and that freaked him out. He probably got off on it. I would."
However, in archival interview footage also airing on the series, Cobain himself says, "I’m too stubborn to allow myself to ever compromise our music or turn us into big rock stars. I just don’t feel like that."
NIRVANA biographer Charles R. Cross told The Pulse Of Radio that Cobain had a complicated relationship with success. "When Kurt became popular and he started hanging out with people in alternative rock, he still felt the same kind of clique that he had felt earlier in life," he said. "NIRVANA were very successful, Kurt definitely was a mainstream artist, he wanted that punk cred, but I think in some ways he felt like that the requirement that he be unsuccessful sort of doomed his capacity to truly be a punk."
The three-night miniseries will air on the National Geographic channel beginning on July 6.
NIRVANA was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 10, just five days after the 20th anniversary of Cobain's suicide.