Cobain’s Legacy Bound for Ads, Action Figures?
Now all that’s left to do is cross our fingers and hope “Smells Like Teen Spirit” doesn’t wind up in a deodorant ad.
Courtney Love has sold 25% of her 97% share of Nirvana’s publishing catalogue to Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music Publishing. Earlier this year, rumors had circulated that Love considered selling the share to Bono.
“I took on a strategic partner, Larry Mestel, to help me co-manage the estate because it was overwhelming,” Love said, according to RollingStone.com. “The affairs of Nirvana are so massive and so huge, and they’ve 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 one to do it.” Love is now considering how best to use the catalogue and how to use it in a tasteful manner that won’t freak out rabid Nirvana fans.
“We’re going to remain very tasteful, and we’re going to [retain] the spirit of Nirvana,” she said, “and take Nirvana places it’s never been before.”
Speaking of Nirvana going places its never been, Kurt Cobain will visit music collectors’ mantles and hip kids’ (heart-shaped) toy boxes around the world this summer when an action figure bearing his likeness is released in stores, according to Launch. The Cobain action figure sports the striped shirt the frontman wore in the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video.
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