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.
Maggie Poukkula found the photos in one of her father's books, which show him playing alongside Kurt Cobain at Nirvana's debut live performance.
An American teenager has unwittingly uncovered some never-before-seen photographs of Nirvana’s first ever gig and published them online, making her officially the coolest kid in the world right now.
19 year old Maggie Poukkula, from Seattle, Washington, found a photo strip dating from March 1987 in one of her father Tony’s books, and tweeted it to the delight of Nirvana fans worldwide. Her post contained the caption: “Pictures of my dad and Kurt Cobain playing together back in the day.”
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The album will be a solo Cobain outing, not a new Nirvana record.
A new album from late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is coming this summer, according to Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen. Morgen, who was given unprecedented access to Cobain’s archives while making the documentary, has said he found over 200 hours of never heard before material and rare music in the singer’s collection.
Cobain: Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen.
“We’re going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question,” Brett Morgen told Bedford + Bowery when asked if he found any new material in Cobain’s archives.
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
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's old apartment in Los Angeles is available to rent on Airbnb. The couple lived in the apartment from 1991-1992.
You can now stay in Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's apartment for $150 per night. The apartment, in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, is available to rent on Airbnb. The late Nirvana singer and Love lived in the apartment during the early 90s when the band and Cobain were at the height of their fame.
Courtney Love lived in the apartment from 1991-1992 with her husband, Kurt Cobain.
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In a new clip from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary, we discover the birth of grunge pioneers Nirvana; featuring a rare early performance clip, a set of black and white animated sketches seemingly entitled 'The Reaganites' and various notepad scribbles featuring words and phrases that were ultimately replaced by the band name 'Nirvana', including The Mandibles, Window Pain, Seringe, Godchild and Novacain. The film uses art and previously unseen footage and photos to document the rise to fame of Kurt Cobain, his struggles with addiction and his tragic suicide at the age of just 27.
Home movies of the Nirvana legend are featured in this amazing movie.
Some of Kurt Cobain's happiest moments are depicted in the new trailer for the first authorised documentary of his life 'Cobain: Montage Of Heck'; a collection of home movies and never before seen footage directed by Brett Morgen and executively produced by Frances Bean.
Kurt Cobain's life story comes to life in 'Montage of Heck'
While his early life saw the late Kurt Cobain as a happy-go-lucky child with a profound creative talent, the years following his parents' divorce were nothing short of tempestuous for the young musician. Though still hungry for music, songwriting and drawing, Cobain developed struggles with anger and rejection throughout his teenage years, setting him up for a success that would ultimately bring about his downfall. And while it seemed his astonishing success with grunge pioneers Nirvana in the 90s was a high point in his life, not to mention his relationship with Courtney Love and the birth of their daughter Frances, it only led to a tragic end.
Check out the haunting first image from Brett Morgen's upcoming film.
The first image from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' has finally been released, giving us a glimpse into one of the most highly anticipated music documentaries of late.
First picture from 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'
The movie has been executively produced by the Nirvana frontman's 22-year-old daughter Frances Bean and marks the very first authorized documentary on the grunge legend, who tragically took his own life at the peak of Nirvana fame in 1994. The first image is a haunting painting of the singer walking away from a blue, wooden panelled house surrounded by trees, as the dull, dark grey sky bears down on him.
'Montage of Heck' is due for release later this year, and a book exploring the documentary in greater depth will accompany the British cinematic release.
'Montage of Heck', a documentary about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, will be released in May
Both the film and book will be entitled ‘Montage of Heck’, a name taken from a mixtape that Cobain made and which was shared widely online last year. The tracklisting features clips from The Beatles, The Monkees, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, The Jackson Five and many more, which gave an insight into the widely divergent influences that made up Cobain’s songwriting.
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The late Nirvana frontman’s daughter Frances Bean will executive produce the documentary, while Cobain's widow Courtney Love is not involved.
HBO have announced they will be airing the first ever 'authorised' documentary on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Entitled ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’, the film has been directed and produced by Brett Morgen, who previously followed The Rolling Stones for ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ in 2012.
'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' will show on HBO in 2015
Morgen is said to have been working on the project since 2007, with the cooperation of Cobain’s family. Frances Bean Cobain. the only daughter of the late singer, is serving as an exec producer on the documentary, while HBO has confirmed Courtney Love will not be involved.
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Nirvana are a band I should probably like more than I do, and know more about than the fleeting trips to 'Nevermind' and 'In Utero', via the fabled, tragic story of Kurt Cobain.
Nirvana's story, from their roots and formation to the untimely passing of Cobain, music's most prominent anti-hero, is a well-trodden one - tweaked by some, exaggerated by others and fabricated entirely by some.
What Carrie Borzillo provides in 'Nirvana: In The Words Of The People Who Were There' is an authoritative timeline of every element of the band's story. Beginning in May 15, 1965 with the birth of eldest member of the trio - and occasional four-piece - Krist Novoselic, five years before the arrival of David Eric Grohl in Warren, Ohio, the book sets out early to become THE guide to the lives of the members and those they touched the most.
Blum and her husband Dave Grohl have recently had their third child together, but what do we know about his wife?
As the animalistic drummer in Nirvana and the guitar-thrashing frontman in Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl is one of the most well-known and prolific rockstars on the planet. Having survived the grunge era with one of the defining bands on the nineties and achieved equal commercial success in the Foos, Grohl has successfully secured a place in the pantheon of rock. He is, by all means, a true rock God with his screaming vocals and continual head banging. But it is easy to forget, that the man who used to destroy drum kits on a nightly basis, a chap who barely bats an eyelid at the prospect of playing to tens of thousands of people, is also a father and a husband. But who is the woman who managed to tame this punk-addled wild man?
Despite touring and recording commitments, Grohl is a devoted husband to Jordyn and father to three daughters.
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The Hole frontwoman also confided her questionable finance management secrets.
Courtney Love’s $27 million in expenses might seem like a rather shocking amount, but she isn’t too worried – or at all, really. In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, the “Hole” frontwoman made the startling confession that she had burned through millions of “Nirvana money” in a very short time, having spent most of it on s number of lawsuits through the years.
Courtney Love's financial strategy is rather unorthodox to say the least.
Not one to worried, however, Love maintains her chill attitude about the whole thing: "I know that's a lifetime of money to most people, but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go. I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now."
Continue reading: Courtney Love: $27 Million Of Nirvana's Money Spent. Gone. Forever.
The legendary music scene of Seattle is visited ahead of Budweiser Made in America festival.
Nirvana remains to be one of the best things to come out of Seattle
Seattle has one of the most legendary music scenes in America so it's only right that we delve into their record collection as Budweiser Made in America festival quickly approaches.
Budweiser Made in America is all for musical diversity, celebrating the different subcultures of sound in all cities be it the country twang of Nashville, the superstar pop of LA or the Motown domination of Detroit. That's why Budweiser have put their heads together to release this series of nationwide music documentaries ahead of the festival, to cement that important ideology of variation and musical freedom.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum announced today (18th July) it will be exhibiting a number of Beyoncé's famous outfits from such videos as 'Single Ladies' and from her appearances at events like the 2013 Super Bowl.
Beyoncé's fabulous collection of stage outfits in addition to some of her red carpet looks will be the focus of a new exhibition hosted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' outfit has been immortalised at Madame Tussauds.
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After US pop-punks The Story So Far brawled with heavy-handed security, we take a look at other acts who have clashed with famous acts.
Crowd surfing and moshing are two activities that are part and parcel of punk shows worldwide, but it seems one security guard at the Montreal leg of this year’s Warped Tour didn’t get the memo. Footage has emerged of a security guard throwing a crowd member to the ground after apparently crowd surfing over the barrier. The incident took place during the song “Daughter” by the increasingly popular US pop-punk band The Story So Far, sparking a brief brawl in which the band’s frontman Parker Cannon leapt off the stage and exchanged a flurry of blows with the over-zealous security guard before being subdued by security staff.
After the situation was diffused, Parker returned to the stage to conclude the band’s set. Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has launched an investigation into the incident and announced via Twitter that a tape of the melee has been sent to the security company involved for their consideration. But this is far from the first time security members have abused their powers on innocent concert-goers and such incidents continue to occur, even as professional security companies receive training for roles that were once held by trigger-happy amateur brutes and Hells Angel members. Here is a few of the most high-profile examples of security dishing out hugely irrational responses and eschewing their primary role- to keep people safe.
The Altamont Incident & The Rolling Stones
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4th September, 1994