The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne expands on ‘Montage Of Heck’ comments

"I don't think that’s a good legacy for him to have out there"

Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne has previously written about the accuracy of recent Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck, labelling a large portion of the Brett Morgen-directed film as “total bullshit” and “misguided fiction” in an essay penned for The Talkhouse.

Now, in a new interview with Riff You via Stereogum, Osborne, a childhood friend of Cobain, has expanded on those comments, reasserting that much of the film is “not true”.

Read the NME review of Cobain: Montage Of Heck


“I don’t think that’s a good legacy for him to have out there… I know it’s not true. It’s that simple,” said Osborne. “I think a lot of people tried to trick themselves into believing that everything – or a lot of what they’ve seen about Cobain from that movie – was going to be true because it was fully authorised and featured family members.

“If they want to take her [Courtney Love’s] word for things, then go ahead. Do you feel better? Then everything she says is the golden rule. Absolutely. That’s got to be honest, no problem. That’s fine by me. If that makes them feel better, it’s fine by me.

“I just don’t understand how anybody could possibly defend her… if they want to defend her or take the side of the film maker, go ahead. How is that my fault? How am I to blame for that? Like I said in my article: ‘Facts don’t make any difference. What matters is what people believe’. The ‘truth’ about [Cobain’s] situation has always been false. So there you go… utter fabrication. That’s never not been the case.”

Osborne was also quick to assert that not being asked to take part in Montage Of Heck played no part in his criticism. “I don’t care about that. That’s not my problem,” he said. “My problem with the whole thing is that they decided to do a documentary and put it out there like it’s true. Well, there are some people out here who don’t believe that. And I am one of them. And I have reason not to believe it.

“If people want to question me and they want to question my authenticity, [I’d say] ‘why would I defend him [Kurt] in a way that makes him look better?’ They want to portray him in a way that makes him look worse. To be offended by that is really weird. I question their motives.”

Montage of Heck hit UK cinemas in the spring, receiving its US television debut on HBO in May. Fully authorised by Cobain’s estate, the documentary offered access to the musician’s archives, showcasing unheard recordings, never-seen-before footage and personal home movies.