"The problem with so many books about Nirvana is that they all more or less tell the same story, even if they differ over nuance and minutia. Cobain did spark a revolution in music and popular culture; he did become a figurehead to a generation coming into its own at a time when it didn’t have much to come into; he did flame out personally, if not creatively. That story is now becoming as threadbare as one of Cobain’s cardigans. What we need from subsequent Nirvana-related titles is a new, younger voice. If there’s a future for Cobain publishing, it’s in the hands of millennials who never knew the band in the present tense but have inherited its legacy. Does Cobain speak to anyone under 30? If so, what does he say?"

— Twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s death, there are a rash of new books chronicling the singer’s life and times—but do they add any insight to his legacy? Stephen Deusner takes on that question and more on The Pitch.



In our latest Paper Trail interview, Jenn Pelly chats with Sup Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt, whose new book Experiencing Nirvana features photos of the band’s pre-fame tour of Europe in 1989.

In our latest Paper Trail interview, Jenn Pelly chats with Sup Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt, whose new book Experiencing Nirvana features photos of the band’s pre-fame tour of Europe in 1989.



"Almost everyone who’s even heard Nirvana knows their most famous chart stat: Nevermind knocked Michael Jackson’s heavily hyped Dangerous out of the No. 1 spot in 1992. What’s less known about this era-defining moment is the importance of timing—and Christmas. The data for that particular chart was gathered from December 23–29, 1991. Basically, Jackson’s album had been the top choice of gift-givers right up until the week before Christmas, but when the holiday was over, teenagers armed with Sam Goody gift cards (or copies of Dangerous to exchange) marched to stores to buy Nevermind."

— Chart guru Chris Molanphy breaks down the history of “Kid Season”—aka the annual post-holiday time period when tweens and teens have absolute dominion over the Billboard charts—on The Pitch.




Read Stuart Berman's Best New Reissue review of Nirvana’s final studio album, In Utero

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subpop:

These three chuckleheads.

subpop:

These three chuckleheads.



subpop:

Nirvana’s original contract with Sub Pop. Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time.

subpop:

Nirvana’s original contract with Sub Pop. Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time.



The forthcoming In Utero reissue features more than 70 tracks, including never-before-heard demos.

The forthcoming In Utero reissue features more than 70 tracks, including never-before-heard demos.



In honor of the upcoming 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana’s In Utero, watch a vintage promo for the album featuring the band taking a lamaze class with Bobcat Goldthwait. 

In honor of the upcoming 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana’s In Utero, watch a vintage promo for the album featuring the band taking a lamaze class with Bobcat Goldthwait. 



pbghgirl:

Today is the 46th anniversary of the birth of Kurt Cobain. We didn’t have him very long but  what an impact he made. 

Mark Richardson writes about Kurt Cobain’s journey from being a guy in a band to an idea that keeps cycling through culture in different ways in his latest Resonant Frequency column.

pbghgirl:

Today is the 46th anniversary of the birth of Kurt Cobain. We didn’t have him very long but  what an impact he made. 

Mark Richardson writes about Kurt Cobain’s journey from being a guy in a band to an idea that keeps cycling through culture in different ways in his latest Resonant Frequency column.



A five-disc 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana’s Nevermind is due September 19.

A five-disc 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana’s Nevermind is due September 19.





Nirvana's typo'd VMA for Best Alternative Video is one of many artifacts set to be on display at Experience Music Project's Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibit, which opens this Saturday at the Seattle museum. More info here.

Nirvana's typo'd VMA for Best Alternative Video is one of many artifacts set to be on display at Experience Music Project's Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibit, which opens this Saturday at the Seattle museum. More info here.