Wendy Fradenburg Cobain O'Connor accuses Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl of attempting to rip off her son...
The battle for the soul of Nirvana has taken a further twist with the intervention of late frontman KURT COBAIN’s mother, who has said her son “despised” his former bandmates KRIST NOVOSELIC and DAVE GROHL and has accused them of attempting to rip off COBAIN.
In an open letter to fans and the media, Wendy Fradenburg Cobain O’Connor has pledged support for Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic comes in for particularly harsh treatment. Cobain O’Connor describes him as “an extremely wealthy and decadent man who has achieved his wealth by ripping off my family”, adding the reason Kurt Cobain allowed him to stick around in the band was because he “was willing to help drive”. Dave Grohl is treated somewhat kinder, but still portrayed as being money obsessed.
The letter follows a similar missive delivered earlier this week by Courtney Love in which she rubbished a partnership agreement drawn up between herself and Novoselic and Grohl, explaining her intention to become the sole and rightful heir of the Nirvana dynasty.
The letter from Cobain O’Connor reads:
“As the mother of Kurt Cobain and a woman who has two daughters to support, I am shocked and disgusted at the behavior of Krist Novoselic, David Grohl and their “managers” and lawyers.
“I was extremely close with my son and spoke with him almost daily during the “Nirvana” years. I know a number of things. I know that “Nirvana” was never a partnership of any sort.
“I know that in the last year of his life, my son despised his bandmates and told me many times that he no longer wanted to play with them or have anything to do with them.
“That is why I am speaking up today for my family, my granddaughter and my daughters and daughter-in-law.
Mr. Novoselic and his cohorts are attempting a character assassination on my daughter-in-law that is plain and downright untrue. My son was also one of my best friends. I knew him very very well. I know that he was extremely worried that Krist and Dave were attempting to rip him off financially. Many times he confided to me that he was overwhelmed and
bewildered by the amount of BUSINESS the other two bandmates did when Kurt was seeking the medical help he so desperately needed. He also worried about a manager who openly despised him and abused him and did whatever he could at times of crisis to stop communications between me and my son, perhaps because he knew that I was onto him and had been from the start…
“Mr Novoselic claims to have worked so hard as a band with my son. His romantic and revisionist version of a band history of sleeping on floors and generally being buddies with Kurt is just untrue.
“I don’t know how those two ever kept playing together. It was probably because Krist was willing to help drive and because he knew sticking by Kurt was going to get him to where he is today: an extremely wealthy man.
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“Krist is an extremely wealthy and decadent man who has achieved his wealth by ripping off my family. Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl never wrote a Nirvana song in their lives. For them to have formed an equal partnership (LLC) is ridiculous beyond comprehension.
“My family was victimised at the moment when the LLC was formed, much like Al Hendrix and his family were after Jimi Hendrix’s death. We were all uninformed of what an absurd idea this was. We, the family, were not protected financially or legally even though my son drafted a will that specifically stated that, should any harm befall him, our family would be secure.
“That will was ignored, so our family works like the working people we have always been and we are given additional support by my daughter-in-law…
“From the day Dave started work in the band, he demanded more and more money and threatened to leave on a regular basis. Kurt wanted him because he was an awfully good drummer. Again, his drumming for Kurt has made him a millionaire many, many times over for his efforts…
“Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl and their reps Jill Berliner, Gary Gersh and John Silva are liars and crooks.
“It’s never been in my nature to take advantage of my son’s stunning success, but I know that my son would want me to stand up for him and his family in this moment of what I can only describe as total betrayal.”