Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic says Kurt Cobain was ‘working as a janitor’ when they met – watch

New clip from upcoming documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' is online

A new clip from Kurt Cobain documentary Cobain: Montage of Heck is streaming online, showing Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic discussing how the pair initially met.

The clip from the Brett Morgen-directed film was premiered earlier today (April 15) by The New York Times and sees the bassist describe how he met Cobain when he was “18 or 19 years old” and Kurt was 17.

“He liked punk rock music and that piqued my interest,” Novoselic says. “I noticed what a good artist he was. He was working at the time as a janitor but he’d always have to do some kind of art – usually defacing something. He never had, like, idle hands. It just came out of him; he had to express himself.”


The preview also shows footage from an early Nirvana gig, with Cobain describing the crowd as “locals who hated our guts and thought it was terrible music”. Watch below.

The fully-authorised documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January but opened in UK cinemas last week. It will receive its US television premiere on HBO on May 4. Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain served as an executive producer on the project.

Earlier this month (April 2) a new clip from the film emerged, showing Kurt Cobain choosing Nirvana’s bandname. Other names considered by Cobain included The Reaganites, The Mandibles, Cold and Wet, Window Pain, Fecal Matter, Drugs For Sale and Erectum.

Morgen revealed last month (March) that Cobain: Montage of Heck will feature a previously unheard 12-minute long acoustic Kurt Cobain track. Speaking previously to Rolling Stone, Morgen said that the film’s score “is all unreleased Cobain music”.

However, noticeably absent from Cobain: Montage of Heck is Cobain’s former Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl, who was interviewed for the documentary too late for his contributions to be included in the current edit, Morgen explained in January.