Book Launch: Family Values: Kurt, Courtney, & Frances Bean with Guzman and Michael Azerrad

Book Launch: Family Values: Kurt, Courtney, & Frances Bean with Guzman and Michael Azerrad

Thursday Jun 06, 2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street across from the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

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About the Book.

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were notorious for representing the opposite of “Family Values.” To reframe their notoriety, they consented to a rare photoshoot for Spin magazine with their newborn, Frances Bean. Only 5 images were originally published; the rest of the photoshoot is seen here for the first time.

With an ineffable ability to connect with people through his music, Kurt Cobain was charismatic and full of pathos, something of a lost boy poet struggling against his personal demons while holding the world in thrall. And yet in the midst of his struggles with success, fame, fortune, drugs, and the wounds of a traumatic childhood, he managed in his brief adulthood to get married to Courtney Love—who of course had her own accomplishments as an electrifying and unrestrained lead singer and lyricist. The couple had already emerged as a cultural touchstone when their baby, Frances Bean, was born in 1992. Photographers Guzman captured, amidst toys and pajamas, the sweetness, humor, irony and the simple happiness of a new mom and dad at home with their baby girl.

Family Values is a photographic assignment that revealed two famous rock stars who during one brief moment transcended the magnifying glass of fame and were revealed, amidst all the chaos, as being just a mom and dad.





About the Authors.


Guzman is the award-winning husband-and-wife image-making duo Constance Hansen and Russell Peacock. Known both in the U.S. and Europe for a highly sophisticated photographic style and an affinity for the eccentric, Guzman has worked across just about every category, with a concentration in advertising, fashion, music, sports, and celebrity portraits. Their advertising campaigns have included Puma, Nike, Adidas, L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton, Lancome, Givenchy, Evian, Perrier, Tag Heuer, and Absolut. Subjects in music have included: Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Debbie Harry, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean, Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, Hole, Sting, Soundgarden, k.d. lang and many more. Sports figures include Tom Brady, LeBron James, David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Sergei Federov, and more. Stars of stage and screen include Rachel Weisz, Jamie Foxx, Julianne Moore, Willem Dafoe, Tracy Morgan, Harvey Fierstein, Matt Dillon, Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee, Ethan Hawke, and more.

Michael Azerrad is the author of The Amplified Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana (HarperOne, 2023), an extensively illuminated version of his 1993 Nirvana biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, and Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 (Little, Brown, 2001).  A former contributing editor for Rolling Stone, he has written for the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the Yale Review, the New York Times, and many other publications.