The Last Session
- ISBN 9780500517642
- 32.00 x 27.00 cm
- With 109 illustrations in colour and black and white
- First published 2014
Kurt Cobain: The Last Session is a touching tribute to the band that shaped a generation. Frohman’s extraordinary photographs allow us to see Cobain as never before
‘A fitting final tribute to an iconic man’ – Observer
By July 1993, Nirvana were huge, 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.
It was 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 Here, twenty years after his death, they’re republished in full—including previously unpublished material — and bear witness to a pivotal moment in the history of rock’n’roll.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 will be.
Frohman’s one-hundred-plus photographs, which have since become iconic representations of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, get to the heart of one of the most beloved bands of all time, at the height of their
success — and the moment when everything was starting to unravel.
We see Cobain as he was just months before his death, by turns feral and refined, alone and goofing around with his bandmates, 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.
Jesse Frohman is a New York-based photographer. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he moved back to New York and assisted Irving Penn for four years. He began his career shooting for magazines such as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Vogue as well as commercial clients ranging from Estée Lauder to Def Jam Records. In addition to his portrait work, which features artists from every creative field, including countless celebrities, Frohman has also worked extensively in the still life and landscape genres. His work can be found in museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and he has had 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 1875–1945.
Glenn O’Brien is a writer, editor and creative director. He has published books on style and contributed to monographs on Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other artists. He has written for a range of publications, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.