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Courtney Love Says Kurt Cobain Was ‘Desperate’ to Be a Star

The Kurt Cobain we’ve come to remember was an artist who was uncomfortable with his own rocket to fame. But a new National Geographic miniseries examining the ‘90s is set on debunking that theory as a “myth” — with some help from Courtney Love.

The three-night special, ‘The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?,’ takes particular focus on Nirvana and Seattle as the epicenter of grunge, drawing on never-before-seen interviews, including the one with Love.

Cobain’s widow claims that — contrary to popular belief — Cobain was set on becoming famous. “He wanted it so bad,” she says of her late husband. “He wrote to every major, minor — any label, ‘We’ll pay, let us be on your label.’

“He was desperate to be the biggest rock star in the world, absolutely desperate, but he made it look like it was thrust upon him,” Love adds. You can watch the scene in the above trailer.

Excerpts from an interview with ‘Nevermind’ producer Butch Vig discussing the cultural importance of Nirvana can also be seen in the clip.

Narrated by Rob Lowe, the miniseries goes beyond the impact grunge had on the decade, gathering interviews that discuss the Clinton presidency and the Monica Lewinsky scandal, ‘The Real World,’ ‘Jerry Springer’ and more. It premieres on National Geographic on July 6.

Next: 10 Best Nirvana Songs

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