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Here's Why Kurt Cobain Isn't That Different From Your Dad

Frances Bean Cobain speaks candidly about having a legend for a father.

Frances Bean Cobain had a much different upbringing than most of us -- to put it mildly. But although she never got to spend as much time with her father as some of us might have our own, there's more to her relationship with Kurt Cobain that we can relate to than you might think.

Frances Bean, who executive-produced the upcoming HBO documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," recently sat down for a candid interview with Rolling Stone -- the same magazine that featured her father on its covers decades ago (and where she once interned).

The conversation, although brief, was a kind of stark reminder that Cobain was, essentially, just a man -- a husband, father, son -- and that at 27, he died far too young. "If he had lived," Frances Bean told RS, "I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience."

Read on for more quotes from Frances Bean's interview that bring their relationship as father and daughter to life.

  1. She's Not Really Interested In His Job

    "I don't really like Nirvana that much. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I'm more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre."

  2. She Takes After Him Physically ...
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    "His speaking voice is sort of similar to mine. It's sort of a monotone. The depth to it is similar to the way I speak."

  3. ... And Shares His Mannerisms
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    "[The remaining members of Nirvana] look at me, and you can see they're looking at a ghost. They were all getting the K. C. Jeebies hardcore. Dave [Grohl] said, 'She is so much like Kurt.' They were all talking amongst themselves, rehashing old stories I'd heard a million times. I was sitting in a chair, chain-smoking, looking down like this [affects total boredom]. And they went, 'You are doing exactly what your father would have done.' "

  4. Her Dad Is Larger Than Life To Her (And Everyone Else)

    "I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there's my dad. He's larger than life. ... Our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal. If Kurt had just been another guy who abandoned his family in the most awful way possible ... But he wasn't. He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt. He became even bigger after he died than he was when he was alive. You don't think it could have gotten any bigger. But it did."