[This is from my weekly column in the Metro papers. – AC]
“Shame. That’s what made Kurt into who he was.”
I was on the phone with a writer friend from Los Angeles discussing the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
“He suffered from imposter syndrome, afraid that someone would call him out for being a fake. That came into conflict with the knowledge that he did have talent. And partly because he came from a broken home where his strong mother constantly berated his father — which explains why he was attracted to Courtney — he was never able to resolve this inner battle, even as he was being anointed the voice of a generation. Hence the shame.”