To say that Nirvana’s third and ultimately final studio album In Utero was 1993’s most polarizing record would be the understatement of a decade. The unadorned sonic rawness of Steve Albini’s recording laid bare every primal nuance of the most confrontational yet vulnerable material Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would ever record. And with its 1991 predecessor Nevermind having sold some 30 million copies, singlehandedly returning honest rock ‘n’ roll to the top of the pop charts, In Utero was essentially the first record Nirvana would make with any expectations from the public. So from the opening quasi-shamble melodics of “Serve The Servants” through the bittersweet closing strains of “All Apologies,” In Utero was the sound of the most incredible yet conflicted rock ‘n’ roll band of the era at the peak of its powers coming to terms with a generational spokes-band mantle they’d never seen coming-and ultimately surmounting these struggles to make the record they needed to make. As Rolling Stone’s David Fricke said in his review at the time, “In Utero is a lot of things-brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once. But more than anything, it’s a triumph of the will.”
Kurt Cobain‘s teenage daughter wrested control of the late rocker’s image, likeness and publicity, after making a multi-million-dollar loan to her cash-strapped mom, Courtney Love, according to a published report.
Love relinquished her spot as acting manager of End of Music LLC — the business entity that generates cash from Cobain’s publicity rights — after she got a $2.75 million handout from daughter Frances Bean Cobain’s trust fund in 2010, according to court documents cited by The Fix website.
Until the loan is repaid, Love won’t profit at all from Cobain, and 19-year-old Frances Bean will run the show.
It is the latest odd twist in the sad family chronicle, marked by the Nirvana frontman’s suicide in 1994.
The erratic Love, plagued by substance abuse, lost legal custody of Frances Bean in 2009. The Hole front woman was also ousted from her role as an adviser to Frances Bean’s trust fund.
Reps for Love didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
Courtney Love teared up in a new documentary about her life as she recall ed the start of her romance with late husband Kurt Kobain.
But it wasn’t out of fondness for the tragic Nirvana frontman – she was recalling the pain of their courtship.
In the Behind The Music special, which debuted in America on Monday (21 Jun10), Love confessed she struggled to cope with criticism levelled at h er and her lover’s wild ways.
Love explains, “It’s really hard sometimes when everyone in the world i s picking on you and that’s what started happening… That really, really hurt my feelings; it was horrible. It took a long time to adapt to it an d that was trauma… I didn’t ask to be hated.” And she started sobbing again when she recalled the extent of her suici dal husband’s drug use: “He’d pass out and seek oblivion and I’d have to f**king slap him and put pins in his balls and put ice cubes everywhere a nd it started to p**s me off… I started resenting that; I didn’t like b eing a nursemaid.” And she didn’t get a lot of help: “He once overdosed on the floor in front of his mother and sister and I went to do all the s**t you do when so meone overdoses and I look up and they’d taken off.”