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KURT COBAIN: THE LAST SESSION

Pre-order the new book of Jesse Frohman’s photographs of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, including never-before-seen images.

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At the time I was photographing many great bands; everyone from Soundgarden to Run DMC, but I was especially excited to have gotten a commission to shoot Nirvana. We had negotiated a 5 hour shoot in several different locations. When we arrived to pick up the band at their hotel, however, I was told by their manager that not only would we have much less time but that we had to shoot in the hotel.

You always want plenty of options for a feature cover story so I was shocked by this news. But this is rock n roll and so I was used to changing plans on the fly. We set up a make shift studio in the basement of the hotel and waited for Kurt to show up. We had a wonderful, if short, shoot and went off together to Roseland for their afternoon rehearsal before their gig that night.

Of course I had no idea at the time that I had taken some of the most iconic images of my career – due in part to the iconic subject. These images have been recognized as the most iconic photographs taken of Kurt Cobain and I am proud to have prints from this shoot in some of the leading art institutions.

– Jesse

About KURT COBAIN: The Last Session

In July 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.

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 Here, twenty years after his death, they’re republished in full—including previously unpublished material—and bear witness to a pivotal moment in the history of rock’n’roll.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.
Kurt Cobain: The Last Session is a touching tribute to the band that shaped a generation, and Frohman’s extraordinary photographs allow us to see Cobain as never before.
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Jesse Frohman is a New York-based photographer who has photographed a wide array of celebrities, including James Brown, Run DMC, Scarlett Johansson, The Strokes, Josh Brolin, Zooey Deschanel, Lenny Kravitz, 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.

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Signed Copy of "KURT COBAIN: The Last Session"

Signed Copy of "KURT COBAIN: The Last Session"
$75
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Kurt Cobain: The Last Session Hardcover Book – Signed.

Hardcover with dust jacket.
The 10 1/2 × 12 1/2” book uses the finest inks available and printed on heavy weight matte art paper.

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 bandmates, engrossed in his music, and always ambivalent about the spotlight.

2 Signed Books

2 Signed Books
$130
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2 signed copies of “KURT COBAIN: The Last Session.”

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 bandmates, engrossed in his music, and always ambivalent about the spotlight.

16 x 20" LIMITED-EDITION LITHO #1 PRINT + Signed Book

16 x 20" LIMITED-EDITION LITHO #1 PRINT + Signed Book
$250
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Signed BOOK. Plus a LIMITED EDITION 16 X 20” LITHO – Signed and numbered by the artist. Printed with archival inks on heavy stock paper overseen by Jesse. This is ONLY available on PledgeMusic.

Please note: This is an exclusive rate for the “KURT COBAIN: The Last Session” PledgeMusic Pre-order, available for a very limited time.

16 x 20" LIMITED-EDITION LITHO #2 PRINT + Signed Book

16 x 20" LIMITED-EDITION LITHO #2 PRINT + Signed Book
$250
250.00
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Signed BOOK. Plus a LIMITED EDITION 16 X 20” LITHO – Signed and numbered by the artist. Printed with archival inks on heavy stock paper overseen by Jesse. This is ONLY available on PledgeMusic.

Title: Kurt Cobain; Singing-Pink

Please note: This is an exclusive rate for the “KURT COBAIN: The Last Session” PledgeMusic Pre-order, available for a very limited time.

Contact Sheet + Signed Book

Contact Sheet + Signed Book
$500
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An actual contact sheet from the shoot. This is an archival print with the original editing markings. Stamped and signed by the photographer.
8.5×11.″

Title: Kurt Cobain; Contact Sheet #4

Includes signed copy of the photo book.

Please note: This is an exclusive rate for the “KURT COBAIN: The Last Session” PledgeMusic Pre-order, available for a very limited time.

16 x 20" ARCHIVAL DIGITAL PIGMENT PRINT + Signed Book

16 x 20" ARCHIVAL DIGITAL PIGMENT PRINT + Signed Book
$1,200
1200.00
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Signed BOOK. Plus a LIMITED EDITION 16 X 20" ARCHIVAL DIGITAL PIGMENT PRINT – Signed and numbered by the artist.

Title: Kurt Cobain; Smoking A

Please note: This is an exclusive rate for the “KURT COBAIN: The Last Session” PledgeMusic Pre-order, available for a very limited time.

LIMITED EDITION 20 X 24” PIGMENT PRINT + Signed Book

LIMITED EDITION 20 X 24” PIGMENT PRINT + Signed Book
$2,200
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Signed BOOK. Plus a LIMITED EDITION 20 X 24” ARCHIVAL DIGITAL PIGMENT PRINT – Signed and numbered by the artist.

Title: Kurt Cobain; Looking Up

Please note: This is an exclusive rate for the “KURT COBAIN: The Last Session” PledgeMusic Pre-order, available for a very limited time.

RARE 20 x 24” SILVER GELATIN PRINT + Signed Book

RARE 20 x 24” SILVER GELATIN PRINT + Signed Book
$5,000
5000.00
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Signed BOOK. Plus a RARE 20×24” SILVER GELATIN PRINT made near to the date of the shoot. There are only a few of these left in existence and is a significant collector’s item connecting to the experience of the shoot. Signed and dated by the artist.

Title: Kurt Cobain; Standing with Evian Bottle

Please note: This is an exclusive rate for the “KURT COBAIN: The Last Session” PledgeMusic Pre-order, available for a very limited time.

Photo Shoot With Jesse

Photo Shoot With Jesse
$10,000
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Have your very own Private Photo Shoot with Jesse Frohman.

Jesse has done portrait photography for such notables as: JAMES BROWN, THE STROKES, ZOOEY DESCHANEL, LENNY KRAVITZ, SCARLET JOHANSSON and JOSH BROLIN.

His work regularly appears in VOGUE, VANITY FAIR, ROLLING STONE, among many other publications.

60 x 80” ARCHIVAL DIGITAL PIGMENT PRINT+ Signed Book

60 x 80” ARCHIVAL DIGITAL PIGMENT PRINT+ Signed Book
$10,000
10000.00
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Signed BOOK. Plus a 60 × 80” ARCHIVAL DIGITAL PIGMENT PRINT – Signed and numbered (edition of 7) by the artist.

Title: Kurt Cobain; Standing with Evian Bottle

Please note: This is an exclusive rate for the “KURT COBAIN: The Last Session” PledgeMusic Pre-order, available for a very limited time.

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