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Friday, March 31, 2006

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Courtney Sells Nirvana Rights Share

Kurt Cobain's widow partners with ex-Virgin Records COO/GM to manage catalog

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE

When Nirvana singer and lead songwriter Kurt Cobain died in 1994, his widow, rocker Courtney Love, became the primary beneficiary of his estate, which includes more than ninety-eight percent of the band's publishing rights. Band members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl were left with part of the remainder. Now Love tells Rolling Stone that she has finally sold twenty-five percent of her share of Nirvana's sought-after publishing catalog -- to Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music Publishing, former COO/GM of Virgin Records.

"I took on a strategic partner, Larry Mestel, to help me co-manage the estate because it was overwhelming," Love explains. "The affairs of Nirvana are so massive and so huge, and they've all fallen on my lap. I own almost all of [the publishing], . . . and it proved to be too much for me. I needed a partner to take Kurt Cobain's songs and bring them into the future and into the next generation. And this guy's the guy to do it."

Mestel says his three-month-old company, Primary Wave, is thrilled to have bought into an American musical legacy. "The appeal to me is that [Kurt was] one of the most important songwriters of his time," Mestel says. "Kurt was an incredible songwriter, and Courtney is an exceptionally talented person herself. So I felt the combination of Courtney's creativity and the things I can add can really help in creating more value for these copyrights."

Though Love and Mestel declined to comment on specifics, a source close to the deal tells Rolling Stone that Mestel has likely paid in excess of $50 million for the rights.

Exactly what the partnership will mean for the life of Nirvana's music -- including the Nineties hits "Come As You Are" and "All Apologies" -- is unclear. Thus far, the tracks have been notably absent from corporate ad campaigns and blockbuster action-movie soundtracks. The new partners are already eager to curb speculation that any of the generation-defining songs might end up in, say, a deodorant ad.

"We're going to remain very tasteful, and we're going to [retain] the spirit of Nirvana and take Nirvana places it's never been before," says Love. "My goal is to keep the music very true to who the songwriter was and what his passions and tastes would be," Mestel adds, "and to work through Courtney to figure out exactly the best way to go about exposing his music to a new youth culture to a new generation."

In other news, Love says she has entered into another partnership -- a musical one, with New York-based electronic artist Moby. According to Love, Moby has agreed to co-produce the follow-up to her 2004 effort, America's Sweetheart, which Linda Perry is also at work on. The two met up when Love was in New York last week, and ended up spending a night out with Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Michael Stipe.

"A long time ago, Moby was Christian, and I had this fantasy I was Mary Magdalene and he was Jesus. I've always had a little crush on him," says Love. "And I trust him. I'll talk all sort of shit, and he'll keep trying to focus me back on the music."

JOLIE LASH --- Source: Rolling Stone

Don't get me wrong...I dig Courtney Love. I empathize with her struggles and I like the two Hole albums I own. I respect that she didn't want to pimp Nirvana out to the advertisers, and I hope that the owner of the publishing continues to be true to who Nirvana was. I am one of those who believes that Kurt Cobain secretly wrote most of Live Through This with Hole. I have no evidence, of course, other than the difference in sound from Live Through This to Celebrity Skin. Pretty On the Inside sounds different from Live Though This, too. Nowhere NEAR as melodic. One thing Kurt Cobain had was a great grasp of melody in a song, even though the heavy guitar noise, he wrote songs like a craftsman. One of his bigger influences was the Beatles and it shows.

For her sake I hope her new album is REALLY great. I want it to be. I want her to be a comeback kid. While I belive Kurt helped her write Live Through This, I do NOT believe that she had anything to do with his death, despite what the conspiracy theorists say. She might be wacked, but she's not homicidal. She turns her agression on to herself.

2 Comments:

  • At 2:36 PM, Blogger Maulleigh said…

    Live through this is one of the best albumns ever. I really like it and Rock Star, the last song, is one of my favorite songs ever. I like to think he didn't help. I like to think she wrote all those songs. I feel sorry that she'll be Mrs. Kurt Cobain for the rest of her life. She was doing her own thing before him and she's, obviously, still doing her thing. Although she is getting all Hollywood and still trying to live like a dive bar star.

     
  • At 3:09 PM, Blogger bowling with no panties said…

    I agree with you...I know she had it going on before she met him but I STILL think that Live Through This has a little bit o' Kurt Flava.

    I also love Celebrity Skin with all my soul!! "I was punk, now I'm so stupid, yeah I'm awful."

     

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