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BBC to air new hour-long documentary to mark 30 years since Kurt Cobain’s death

The documentary “tries to demystify that moment in time”

By Nick Reilly

Kurt Cobain performs 'The Man Who Sold the World' at MTV unplugged
Kurt Cobain (Photo credit: YouTube/ MTV).

The BBC will air a new hour-long documentary next month to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain.

Nirvana singer Cobain took his own life on April 5, 1994. He had experienced significant struggles with drug and alcohol addiction in the lead-up to his death.

A wide range of content across television and radio has been announced to mark the 30 year anniversary, including the upcoming documentary Moments That Shook Music: Kurt Cobain on BBC Two and iPlayer.

A press release explains that the documentary will be “told exclusively through powerful and rare archive footage,” delivering a “visceral account of the days that surrounded that tragic moment” when Cobain took his own life.

Kurt Cobain and his Fender Mustang in Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video
Kurt Cobain and his Fender Mustang in Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video. (Photo: YouTube)

Offering an in-depth look, the documentary will also show “the poignant reaction from the electrician who discovered Kurt’s body when installing a security system at his Seattle home; statements from police at the scene; the chaos, confusion and devastation caught on video by his fans.”

Jonathan Rothery, Head Of BBC Popular Music TV said: “This documentary tries to demystify that moment in time by telling the story direct from the scene, via fly on the wall footage filmed by those that were there.”

Touchdown Films founder John Osbourne, who produced and directed the upcoming documentary said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with the BBC on this film, who share in our vision of using only archive [material] to take viewers back to 1994; to immerse themselves in this seismic story.”

He continued: “Kurt Cobain was the voice of a generation, but a reluctant one, and his death left a huge void. The only way to get a true sense of what happened is to witness it first hand, and that’s exactly what this film does. It never lets you look away.”

Full details of the BBC’s schedule can be found here.