Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kurt Cobain documentary to air on DOC Feb. 20

An intimate and moving portrait on the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain, based on more than 25 hours of never-before-heard interviews, is the basis for “Kurt Cobain: About A Son.” Documentary Channel® (DOC) showcases the exclusive U.S. television premiere on what would have been the rocker’s 44th birthday, Sunday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The interviews were conducted with Cobain by noted Rolling Stone’s music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book, “Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana.”

In addition, the documentary will be made available in its entirety online in DOC’s screening room ( and be available on DISH Network and DIRECTV video-on-demand simultaneously with the network’s evening premiere. Documentary Channel is primarily available through satellite television services DISH Network (Channel 197) and DIRECTV (Channel 267).

In the film, Cobain recounts his own life – from his childhood and adolescence to his days of musical discovery and later dealings with explosive fame – and offers sometimes piercing insights into his life, music and hard times. The conversations heard in the film have never before been made public and they reveal a highly personal portrait of an artist much discussed but not well understood.

Director AJ Schnack takes a nostalgic look back at a time more than a decade ago. Deeply suspicious of journalists, Cobain trusted Azerrad enough to give him unprecedented access to never-before-heard musings and recollections about growing up, dealing with his problems and experiencing the downside of the fame he wasn’t entirely convinced he wanted.

The documentary debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for the 2007 Independent Spirit’s Truer than Fiction Award.

About Documentary Channel®: Documentary Channel (DOC) is the USA’s first 24-hour television network exclusively devoted to documentary films and the independent documentary filmmaker, providing viewers with round-the-clock opportunities to see fascinating, eclectic and award-winning documentary films of all lengths and genres. For more information on DOC, visit the network Web site at, in addition to, or

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