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Seattle rockers Nirvana became the reluctant poster children for the 1990s grunge revolution, and paid a dear price for it. Founded in the late ‘80s by Aberdeen, Washington high school friends Kurt Cobain (vocals/guitar) and Krist Novoselic, Nirvana steadily honed their craft until signing to Seattle independent record label, Sub Pop. With drummer Chad Channing in tow, the group recorded its debut album, ‘Bleach,’ and released it to modest indie buzz in 1989, eventually landing on the radar of major Geffen Records, which agreed to release their next album. But absolutely no one (least of all Cobain, Novoselic and new drummer Dave Grohl) was prepared for the unprecedented global phenomenon that was 1991’s ‘Nevermind,’ which tipped the pop music world on its head, sold over 30 million copies, and turned the band into stadium-filling headliners. The pressures associated with this incredible success had already taken a toll on Cobain (along with drug abuse and other issues) by the September 1993 release of Nirvana’s third album, ‘In Utero’; but the band nevertheless soldiered out on tour, with their lineup augmented by second guitarist Pat Smear (of the Germs). Then, on March 6, 1994, Cobain suffered a drug overdose in Rome and all subsequent dates were canceled so he could return to America and check into rehab. Barely one month later, on April 8, Cobain was found dead in his Seattle mansion, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, thus bringing an end to Nirvana. In the aftermath, Novoselic eventually decided to leave music to pursue other interests, while Grohl reinvented himself for continued stardom as the frontman of Foo Fighters.

Selected Discography: ‘Bleach’ (1989), ‘Nevermind’ (1991), ‘In Utero’ (1993) Related Artists: Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear Further Reading: 10 Best Nirvana Songs

Frances Bean Cobain Delivers Surprise Speech at Kurt Cobain Film Premiere + Defends Her Style

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The premiere of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck was at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater this week.

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Courtney Love Confirms She and Kurt Cobain Made a Sex Tape

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Adding an extra twist to the story, it was Hole guitarist and former boyfriend to Love, Eric Erlandson, who shot some risqué footage of Kurt and Courtney.

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Joan Jett Thanks Nirvana, Fellow Inductees Green Day in Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech

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Joan Jett insisted that she didn't intend to become emotional in accepting her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with the Blackhearts tonight – but it wasn't so easy.

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Courtney Love on Relationships After Kurt Cobain: ‘He’s a Hard Act to Follow’

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Courtney Love says it's been difficult to maintain solid romantic relationships following her strong intimacy with Kurt Cobain.

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Watch Nirvana Gig for Two People in ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Clip

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It wasn't always packed houses for Nirvana. In fact, it wasn't even packed rooms at times.

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Frances Bean Cobain Admits ‘I Don’t Really Like Nirvana That Much’

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Frances Bean Cobain goes in depth about her father's music and the 'Montage of Heck' documentary.

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21 Years Ago + 13 Years Ago: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain + Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley Die on April 5

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On April 5, 1994, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain died, while Alice in Chains' Layne Staley would pass on April 5, 2002.

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21 Best Nirvana Lyrics

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Nirvana were responsible for some of the most memorable and quotable song lyrics in the history of rock. Here, we count down the 21 Best Nirvana Lyrics.

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Kurt Cobain Ponders Different Band Names in New Clip From Documentary ‘Montage of Heck’

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A new clip from the upcoming documentary about Nirvana's Kurt Cobain shows a list of potential names Cobain was considering calling the group before settling on Nirvana.

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Documentary to Receive Theatrical Release

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The highly anticipated 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary will screen in select U.S. and international cities ahead of its HBO May 4 TV premiere.

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