My Own Private Idaho
Anyone interested in this vein of thought re: Cobain cannot miss seeing 'My Own Private Idaho' starring River Phoenix.
I think this film was loosely based on Kurt Cobain's life.
The main character is a homeless young drug addict who prostitutes himself to men to feed his drug habit. I have read that Cobain was himself a homeless drug addict who slept under a bridge and hung around pickup spots (prostitution) to feed his drug habit. This was in the years before he became a successful musician.
Another interesting fact is that the main character suffered from narcolepsy, a condition in which sufferers of this disease pass out and fall into a sleeping state when under stress. Cobain was also narcoleptic .
The character in My Own Private Idaho is victimized by a brutal father and was from a broken home, and suffers 'blackout periods' where he does not know what happened.
It is also known that Cobain dabbled in the occult.
My Own Private Idaho was made by gay activist film maker Gus Van Sant, (WRITTEN AND DIRECTED) who also directed 'Last Days' , starring Brad Pitt, and loosely based on Cobain's last weeks of life.
Kurt Cobain and River Phoenix both were personal friends of Michael Stipe, another prominent gay rights advocate, and both Cobain and Phoenix died the same year.
Another eerie coincidence is that there is a scene in My Own Private Idaho where River Phoenix flies to Rome and has a blackout during a homosexual prostitution session with an Italian man, and mysteriously finds himself, presumably days later, on a plane back to Portland, while Cobain had his first brush with death after a concert in Rome. Cobain and River Phoenix knew eachother, and after the death of River Phoenix, Cobain dedicated a song to him at one of his concerts. Phoenix and Cobain died within six months of eachother, both dead of heroin overdose.
My guess is that if Cobain saw 'My Own Private Idaho' when it came out in late October 1991, or later, it would have had a major personal impact on his psyche.
interesting but probably useless tidbit:
Nirvana's hit record 'Never Mind' has an infant immersed in water on the cover, and MKUltra is known to begin conditioning subjects from infancy, with torture techniques that are known to include water boarding.