Teen Spirit: The Tribute to Kurt Cobain

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Teen Spirit: The Tribute to Kurt Cobain
Tribute to Kurt Cobain.jpg
Original VHS cover art
Distributed byLabyrinth Medi Ltd
Release date
September 1996
Running time
55:00 minutes

Teen Spirit: The Tribute to Kurt Cobain is a documentary about Nirvana band leader Kurt Cobain.[1] Released in September 1996 it is significant as the first unofficial Kurt Cobain or Nirvana documentary to be available as a home video.

Notable appearances[edit]

The film features interviews with Charles Peterson who was Nirvana's photographer.[2] The film also features interviews with writer and pop music critic Ann Powers of The Village Voice, as well as with Grant Alden of The Rocket and Nils Bernstein of Sub Pop, Nirvana's original record label.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic gave a poor review of the film, stating that: "Similar in style to the 1998 exploitation documentary Kurt & Courtney, the 1996 home video Teen Spirit: Tribute to Kurt Cobain does a shoddy job of trying to tell the story of Kurt Cobain".[2] However, MVD stated that: "It is a moving tribute to Kurt the man, and his music, from those who were inspired by his extraordinary genius.[1] Allmusic also noted that due to copyrights the film does not include any of Nirvana's music.[2]


The film was re-released on DVD in 2001 as an extended director's cut of 75 minutes long with a different cover art.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The original VHS release of the film spent twenty-four weeks on the Billboard Music Video Sales chart in 1996.[5]


Chart (1997) Peak
US Top Music Video Sales (Billboard)[6] 12


  1. ^ a b Kurt Cobain - Teen Spirit: The Tribute To Kurt Cobain musicvideodistributors.com. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c AllMusic Review by Greg Prato allmusic.com. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Teen Spirit. The Tribute to Kurt Cobain livenirvana.com.Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Teen Spirit - A Tribute to Kurt Cobain amazon.com. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Nirvana - Music Video Sales - search results". billboard.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Nirvana - Chart History - Music Video Sales". billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.