Frances Bean, Not Courtney, Now Controls Kurt Cobain’s Likeness

By Tom Breihan / May 3, 2012 - 9:46 am

According to some court documents that recently surfaced, Courtney Love apparently has just about no say in the rights to almost everything about her late husband Kurt Cobain. The Fix reports that Love’s daughter Frances Bean has actually controlled Cobain’s likeness since 2010, the year after Love lost custody of her. Frances has taken over all the rights to the Cobain name, and Love no longer manages End of Music LLC, the business entity that makes money from his publicity rights. She agreed to step down from it in 2010, when she got a $2.75 million loan from Frances’s trust fund, and she won’t make anymore money from Cobain’s name or likeness until she pays it all back. As is the case with so much of Courtney’s present-day public life, everything about this paragraph bums me out severely.

Meanwhile, Courtney owns about a 60% share of a large warehouse full of Kurt’s belongings, while Frances has about 40% of it. And a guy named Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music owns 100% of the administrative rights to Cobain’s music, which means Courtney has no say over how that music is used now. All the grisly details are here.

Courtney, at the very least, is keeping herself busy. That classic-lineup Hole reunion last month was a good sign. And now she’s got a gallery show, featuring a bunch of her drawings, showing at the New York gallery Fred Torres Collaborations. It’s called “And She’s Not Even Pretty,” and it’ll run through 6/15. You can see some images of her work above. And Scott just went to the opening, so you can ask him how that went.