Nirvana was a Seattle-based rock band, key players in the 'grunge' scene of the 1990's. Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic were the band's founding members and they went through a succession of drummers before settling on Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990.
The Early Years: Krist and Kurt met in 1985 and recruited Aaron Burckhard as a drummer. Within a few months, Burckhard was replaced by Dale Crover of the band The Melvins, who played on the band's earliest demo tapes. Dave Foster then briefly replaced him.
In 1988, the band played their first show as Nirvana and a few months later, Chad Channing became the latest in a line of drummers.
The Sub Pop label released the band's first single, titled 'Love Buzz / Big Cheese in 1988 and the following year, the band's first album, Bleach was released, produced by Jack Endino, who had produced their early demos.
In 1989, Cobain mentioned in an interview that the music was getting "poppier and poppier as I get happier and happier." In 1990, they went into the studio with Butch Vig (later of the band Garbage) to record the demos for the follow-up to Bleach. A few weeks after the recording sessions, Channing was no longer a member of the band. They were soon to be introduced to Dave Grohl who became their new drummer.
The Commercial Breakthrough: Following the advice of Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), Nirvana signed to DGC Records, David Geffen's company. They chose Butch Vig again as the producer, although Andy Wallace, who mixed Slayer, was brought in to finish the mixing process. The band disliked the resulting polished sound.
The album's first single, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' gained a great deal of MTV airplay and when they toured Europe in 1991, the shows were dangerously oversold. The album, Nevermind, was achieving sales of 400,000 copies a week in the US by Christmas 1991.
A collection of B-sides and rarities, named Incesticide was released in 1992, in an attempt to beat the bootleggers at their own game. It included BBC sessions, including covers of songs by Devo and The Vaselines.'
The band's third studio album In Utero was produced by Steve Albini, already well known for producing The Pixies. The recording sessions were speedy and several weeks after completion, news stories emerged suggesting DGC called the album "unreleasable."
The album was released, though, after a couple of tracks were remixed, and extra vocals and instrumentation added.
In Utero went to number one on the Billboard 200 chart in 1993, though it was not as successful as Nevermind. Pat Smear was added as a second guitarist for Nirvana's first major US tour since their initial success.
Nirvana performed for MTV Unplugged in 1993. Among their own material, they performed covers of songs by the Meat Puppets, David Bowie and Leadbelly.
The final months: Nirvana began a European tour in 1994 but in Rome, on March 4th, Cobain was rushed to hospital, suffering a reaction to a combination of Rohypnol and alcohol. The rest of the tour was cancelled.
Following this incident, Kurt Cobain's previous heroin addiction resurfaced. He was made to check into a rehabilitation centre but after less than a week, he escaped the facility and flew back to Seattle.
One week later, 8th April 1994, he was found dead at his home. The cause of death was a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
He left behind his wife, Courtney Love, of the rock band Hole, whom he had married in February 1992 and his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, born August 1993.
Life After Kurt: The MTV Unplugged album was released in November 1994 and was followed by a video compilation entitled Live! Tonight! Sold Out! A compilation of live Nirvana recordings were finally released in 1996, as the compilation From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah.
Grohl and Novoselic have since been involved in legal wranglings, which continued for over a year, with Courtney Love regarding the release of a Nirvana box-set. The box set, With The Lights Out, was finally released in November 2004.
Shortly after Cobain's death, Dave Grohl recorded a collection of demos, which went on to become the debut album for his band The Foo Fighters. He has also drummed for Queens of The Stone Age.
Art created by Kurt Cobain is set to be displayed in an upcoming touring exhibit.
Jeff Jampol, who manages late performers like the Nirvana frontman, is organising the project, which will feature much of the rocker's works of art as well as some of his possessions.
"He’s got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of," Jampol told The New York Times. "A lot of people approach these legacies as vultures winging around this decomposing body looking for little islands of still-pink flesh they can consume. I take the opposite approach. I believe in reanimating the body, and then all the revenue streams will come with it."
Jampol is working with Cobain's widow, rocker Courtney Love and their only child, daughter Frances Bean Cobain for the art show.
Continue reading: Kurt Cobain's Art To Be Featured In Touring Exhibit
Rocker Juliana Hatfield is considering auctioning off a letter from Kurt Cobain to cover her rent.
The former Lemonheads star met the late music icon when she visited him backstage after a Nirvana concert in 1993, just one year before he died.
In the handwritten note, Kurt apologised for not being able to have a more in depth conversation with Juliana.
In an essay for The Talkhouse.com, Juliana writes, "As Kurt says, and apologizes for, in the letter, there were a lot of people backstage, all wanting a little of Kurt's attention - wanting to shake his hand, say hello - and the basement dressing room was very small. It was a cramped, noisy scene.
Continue reading: Juliana Hatfield Offers To Sell Letter From Kurt Cobain
Frances Bean Cobain has compared her dramatic personal life to a telenovela after disturbing an intruder in her home.
The only child of the late Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love was home alone in the Hollywood Hills on Wednesday morning (30Mar16) when she heard a noise downstairs. She went to investigate and discovered a man running out of her front door.
Nothing was stolen but she reported the trespasser to police, who are currently investigating the incident.
They have yet to name any suspects, according to TMZ.com.
Continue reading: Frances Bean Cobain's House Intruder Drama Was Like A Telenovela
Neil Young almost formed a studio supergroup with Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
Butch Vig, the producer of Nirvana's iconic Nevermind album, has revealed he set up a session for the trio after Young showed interest in working with Grohl while the Foo Fighters star was directing his documentary Sound City, about the Sound City studios in California.
"It would have been f**king awesome. And I know if Neil Young played with them he'd go, 'Oh, let's go on tour and play some shows together!' It would be like (Young's band) Crazy Horse on steroids. But then it didn't happen.
Continue reading: Neil Young Almost Recorded With Nirvana Stars
Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain made a rare appearance together at a recent London event.
The mother and daughter have had a strained relationship in the past, including a series of quarrels and Frances filing a restraining order against her mother in 2009.
It seems that things are good between the pair now, after they posed together at the Liberatum event, celebrating Women In Creativity, at London's St Martin's Lane on Monday (21Mar16). Courtney was interviewed as the guest of honour.
The blonde Hole singer was pictured smiling to the camera with her arm around her dark haired daughter Frances at the event. Wearing a cream lace blouse and pencil skirt she was the image of a respectable rock star mother.
Continue reading: Courtney Love And Daughter Frances Cobain Reunite
Pictures of the shotgun Kurt Cobain purportedly used to kill himself have been released by Seattle Police Department officials.
The Nirvana frontman was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington in April,1994, aged 27. Coroners subsequently ruled the singer shot himself three days before his body was discovered and ruled the death a suicide.
Pictures of the Remington shotgun Cobain apparently used to kill himself was posted to the Seattle Police Department website this week (beg14Mar16). The five photographs show Seattle police cold case Detective Mike Ciesynski holding the gun at different angles.
According to CBSnews.com, officials have released the pictures publicly for the first time in response to their public records act request.
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22 years after Cobain's suicide, the shotgun he used has been seen for the first time by the public.
In five images posted to the website of the Seattle Police Department, cold case detective Mike Ciesynski is shown holding the long 20-gauge shotgun at a number of different angles. The photos were taken back in June 2015 and placed on the department’s computer system on March 3rd this year, to be added to the investigative file.
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Veteran Singer Marianne Faithfull Blames Music Industry Bosses For Kurt Cobain's Death, Insisting The Nirvana Star Was Worked Into An Early Grave.
The As Tears Go By singer was left upset by Cobain's death from a gunshot wound in 1994, at the height of his fame, and she puts the responsibility for the tragedy firmly on industry executives who were handling his career.
Faithfull insists it was obvious the rocker was "fragile" and should have been cared for appropriately, and she points to his death as an indication of a lack of morals in the music business.
She tells British publication The Independent Magazine, "I think the worst example is Kurt Cobain. He was worked much too hard... He was obviously very fragile. He was pretty much worked to death. Not everybody wants that life... The words music industry and moral don't go together."
The green cardigan was made famous after it was worn during the recording of Nirvana’s 'MTV: Unplugged In New York' special.
The green cardigan worn by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain during the band’s 1993 'MTV: Unplugged In New York' special has sold at an auction in California for $140,000. The iconic item of clothing sold for nearly twice the highest estimated price during the rock memorabilia-themed auction on November 7th.
Kurt Cobain’s iconic green cardigan has sold for $140,000.
The auction was held at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles and also featured memorabilia from Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. The cardigan was initially expect to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000.
Continue reading: Kurt Cobain's 'MTV Unplugged' Cardigan Sells For $140,000 At Auction
A Cardigan Worn By Kurt Cobain At One Of Nirvana's Most Famous Concerts Is Expected To Sell For Up To $60,000 (£37,500) At Auction.
The baggy green sweater was sported by the grunge star for his band's MTV Unplugged in New York show at the Big Apple's Sony Music Studios on 18 November, 1993.
After Cobain's death five months later in April, 1994, the concert aired repeatedly on the music channel MTV, and an MTV Unplugged In New York album released later that year reached the top of the U.K. and U.S. charts.
Bosses at Julien's Auctions estimate the tattered garment, which is described by the auction house as a Manhattan branded cardigan sweater with a burn hole and discoloured pockets, will sell for between $40,000 (£25,000) and $60,000.
Continue reading: Kurt Cobain's Iconic Cardigan Up For Auction
Nirvana (Nevermind) - I am both, a musician called Lone Taxidermist and a make up artist, so Record store Day seemed like a good way of merging both of my passions. One of the reasons why I love vinyl is because of its true long playing physical format. I decided to listen to each album in full from start to end over and over again until the face was complete. Every time the album finished I would have a glass of wine! But I was getting too drunk especially after Human League!" - London, United Kingdom - Friday 24th April 2015
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In a new clip from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary, we discover the birth...