Published Apr 22, 2015In the market for a more intimate look at the life of Kurt Cobain that rivals the new Montage of Heck documentary? Well, a Los Angeles man has you covered, as he's been renting out a bedroom in Cobain and Courtney Love's old apartment on Airbnb.
As Vulture points out, California resident Brandon Kleinman has been living in the space, situated in L.A.'s Fairfax district, since 2011. Cobain and Love lived there between 1991 and 1992, while Love was pregnant with their child, Frances Bean Cobain. Kleinman noted that he wasn't aware of the Nirvana connection until the landlord filled him in after signing the lease.
"As soon as I signed on the dotted line, he said, 'Okay, now I can tell you the real story behind this apartment,'" Kleinman explained to Vulture. "He kept it a secret because he wasn't getting great tenants when he advertised the apartment's backstory. He went on to tell me about what it was like having Kurt Cobain live here, and what to watch for."
Fans are apparently what Kleinman was warned to "watch for," as he noted, "Once every 60 days or so, I'll get a weird, older gentleman, a rocker-type dude, sort of a burnout, knocking on the door, saying, 'Do you know what used to happen here?'"
Cobain biographer Charles Cross had revealed in a L.A. Times piece from 2004 that Cobain and Love had been living in squalor at the apartment, with Cobain immersing himself in heroin use and painting. Photos of the home unearthed by New York Daily News showed off graffiti, while Kleinman added that there may be art of Cobain's underneath renovations made since the pair left.
"There's latex painting over the fireplace," Kleinman said. "I know there's tons of art painted on the actual mantel of the fireplace. I want to see if there's a way to get under the layered paint, to see what he painted under there."
Kleinman also reported in the apartment listing that "Heart Shaped Box" had been written in the apartment's bathtub, though this has not been proven outright.
You can find out more about the history of the home, as well as see photos of the current, cleaned-up digs over here.
Cineplex announced earlier today (April 22) that it will be bringing filmmaker Brett Morgen's Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary to screens across Canada this May. All told, 75 theatres will show the movie in 10 provinces. You can get a full rundown of the participating theatres here.
Before that, the film will premiere on HBO on May 4.