For Courtney Love, owning the rights to Nirvana’s music catalogue is nothing short of a curse. She says ever since the day she was named guardian of her late husband’s legacy, she has carried his music as an anchor.
The Hole rocker said that she is constantly struggling to keep Cobain’s music catalogue from opportunists and those seeking the rights to the songs so that they can use them in films and commercials.
Love tells Bust Magazine:
“The Nirvana stuff is f**king cursed in my opinion… Somebody has to guard the gates of this thing, because you know what would happen? The second I sell (the rights), it becomes a jukebox musical, makes a billion dollars, and you’ve got jazz hands on Broadway. Or he’ll be in Gatorade commercials.”
Though she considers Nirvana’s music catalogue to be a curse, she seems to imply that she is the only person interested in preserving Cobain’s artistic legacy.
“I will never sell the f**king stakes I have in it, because no one else will bother protecting him.”
But she does admit that sometimes she would like to just pick up and leave.
“Some days I look at my passport and I’m like, ‘Can I just leave?’ Because it’s so much pressure.”
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain were married from 1992 until his 1994 suicide. Love has also stated in previous interviews that various figures in the music industry attempted to sway her off of marrying Cobain, for fear that it would ruin her career.
“Kim Gordon [of Sonic Youth] sits me down and says, ‘If you marry him your life is not going to happen, it will destroy your life.’ But I said, ‘Whatever! I love him, and I want to be with him!’… It wasn’t his fault. He wasn’t trying to do that,” she said in an interview with The Guardian.
Do you think that Courtney Love should he grateful for her guardianship of Nirvana’s music catalogue, or do you see how it could be considered a curse?
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