bassist Krist Novoselic
has been talking to Rolling Stone
about the process of putting together the 20th anniversary version of Nirvana's classic "In Utero
" album. As Novoselic notes, the process has brought about mixed feelings.
"There is a lot of baggage that comes with it. It brings back a lot of memories - good memories, painful memories. But it's good music - good rock music."
The bassist also reflected on the fact that many people consider the record to be Kurt Cobain's eulogy.
"It is a haunting record. I am not haunted by it. But there is imagery on there that I would never express to people. I would blow it if I said, 'This song means that.' I would rob people of their imaginations. And I would betray Kurt."There's my personal experience with him. Other people have their experiences with him. And we're each entitled to our own interpretations. But none of them are the definitive one. He's the only one who can give that - and he's gone. And he never gave one while he was alive.”
Speaking on Cobain, Novoselic notes that it still feels like the singer/guitarist is carrying the band’s music, in spite of his passing.
"Kurt carries the music still. All of that music is a testimony to his artistic vision. Dave and I aren't carrying the music now. It's Kurt."
Speaking to Rolling Stone in a separate interview
last week, Nirvana
drummer Dave Grohl
revealed that he hasn’t told his children that Kurt Cobain
"To me, if you listen to it without thinking of Kurt dying, you might get the original intention of the record. Like my kids. They know I was in Nirvana. They know Kurt was killed. I haven't told them that he killed himself. They're four and seven years old. So when they listen to 'In Utero,' they'll have that fresh perspective - the original intention of the album, as a first-time listener.”