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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Acclaimed Photographer Jesse Frohman Announces PledgeMusic Pre-order for New Book Kurt Cobain: The Last Session
Acclaimed photographer Jesse Frohman Announces
Kurt Cobain: The Last Session captures the iconic artist at a critical moment in his life and career in new, photographic,
cultural time capsule book
Acclaimed photographer Jesse Frohman has announced a PledgeMusic campaign for his upcoming book. KURT COBAIN: The Last Session
(Thames & Hudson, November 1, 2014) is an experiential book that
combines over a hundred of Frohman's photographs-many of which helped
define Cobain's legacy-with revealing commentary and insights from two
of pop culture's finest literary iconoclasts, writers Jon Savage (England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock)
and Glenn O'Brien (author of books on style and contributor to
monographs on Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and other artists).
Frohman chose to partner
with PledgeMusic with a pre-order campaign so Nirvana fans can have
unique access to the making of the book. Fans can receive exclusive
items and experiences such as a limited edition litho print, an actual
contact sheet from the famed shoot, a rare 20×24" Silver Gelatin Print
made near to the date of the shoot, all the way up to a private photo
shoot with the legendary Frohman. To pledge support please visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jessefrohman
had the privilege to see these photographs up close we are so glad that
Jesse has taken the artist-to-fan route with an interactive pre-order
for this iconic and historic book," said Benji Rogers, President and
founder of PledgeMusic.
1993, Nirvana was the biggest band in the country, and Kurt Cobain was
subject to an unprecedented, unasked-for level of fame and public
scrutiny. In New York City to play the Roseland Ballroom and promote
their new album In Utero, Nirvana consented to be photographed
by Jesse Frohman-and Cobain gave a candid interview to punk historian
Jon Savage-for an article in the London Observer. No one involved could know that less than a year later, Cobain would be dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
one of the last photo shoots Nirvana ever did, and among the last
interviews Cobain ever gave. Here, twenty years after his death, they're
republished in full-including previously unpublished material-and bear
witness to a pivotal moment in the history of rock'n'roll. New
commentary from Frohman and Savage reveals what was going on behind the
scenes that day, and an essay by pop culture maven Glenn O'Brien
explores what Cobain and Nirvana meant to us then, and what their legacy
insightful portraiture transcends the nature of celebrity photography.
The pictures are as humanizing as they are glorifying. Cobain appears
as a goofily provocative rebel, with his vintage air force cap, Jackie
O. sunglasses, and leopard jacket, while revealing a more depressing
side of the life of a great artist dependent on drugs.
Within the pages of KURT COBAIN: The Last Session,
we see Cobain as he was just months before his death, by turns feral
and refined, alone and goofing around with his band-mates, engrossed in
his music, and always ambivalent about the spotlight. Savage's interview
reveals an optimistic side of Cobain seemingly at odds with his public
image, and particularly poignant as we look back on his life.
is the world's leading online, direct-to-fan music community, offering
artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience
whilst interacting with PledgeMusic's global community of music fans.
About the Author and Contributors
is a New York-based photographer who has photographed a wide array of
celebrities, including James Brown, Woody Allen, Diane Von Furstenberg,
Philip Johnson, John Updike, The Strokes, and Josh Brolin, among others.
His work has been featured in magazines as diverse as Vanity Fair,
Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, V Magazine, The New York Times Magazine,
Interview, Rolling Stone, and Spin. Frohman's body of work is highly
sought after, and has appeared in private collections, museum
collections (including the Museum of Modern Art and the National
Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC) and in exhibitions in New York,
Paris, Tokyo, and Moscow.
Jon Savage is a journalist and the author of England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture.
is a writer, editor and creative director. He has published books on
style and monographs of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and other
artists. He has written for a range of publications, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
Pub date: November 1, 2014 | ISBN: 9780500517642
$45.00 | Hardcover | 144 pp | 90 illustrations, 25 in color