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Nirvana

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

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Still Has Dreams About Kurt Cobain

Krist Novoselic / Kurt Cobain
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20 years after the death of Kurt Cobain, Novoselic still dreams of his deceased bandmate.

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Did ‘South Park’ Go Too Far Depicting Gun-Wielding Kurt Cobain?

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'South Park' aired a shotgun wielding Kurt Cobain singing a Christmas carol on its season finale. Did they go too far?

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Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain to Make Animated Appearance on Season Finale of ‘South Park’

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Thanks to a season finale trailer for 'The Washington Redskins Go F*ck Yourself Holiday Special,' we know Kurt Cobain's hologram will play a part in the story.

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Billy Corgan Names Kurt Cobain + Himself as the ‘Top Two Scribes’ of the 1990s

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The '90s was a rich time for rock music. However, in Billy Corgan's mind, only two songwriters belong in the decade's highest echelon.

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Foo Fighters’ Pat Smear Reflects on Smashing Fender Strats Onstage With Kurt Cobain

Pat Smear / Kurt Cobain
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Destroying actual Fenders Strats is an expensive hobby, and guitarist Pat Smear reminisces on smashing guitars with Kurt Cobain along with Fender's response.

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Director Clarifies Courtney Love’s Role in Creation of Kurt Cobain Documentary

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Courtney Love has been squeezed out of the creative process behind ‘Montage of Heck,’ the first authorized Kurt Cobain documentary.

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Dave Grohl Reveals Never-Before-Heard Solo Track ‘Hooker on the Street’ From Nirvana Years

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Dave Grohl's 'Hooker on the Street' finally debuted over 20 years after its creation.

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Kurt Cobain Documentary ‘Montage of Heck’ to Air on HBO in 2015

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Oscar nominated director Brett Morgen is bringing the Kurt Cobain documentary 'Montage of Heck' to HBO next year.

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Nirvana’s ‘Come as You Are’ Covered by Evan Peters on ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

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Evan Peters, who plays the character of 'Lobster Boy' Jimmy Darling, sang a haunting version of Nirvana's 'Come as You Are.'

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Dave Grohl Reveals New Foo Fighters Song ‘Subterranean’ Was Inspired by Nirvana’s Demise

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In a new interview, frontman Dave Grohl reveals the new song 'Subterranean' was inspired by the end of Nirvana.

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