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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.

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Dave Grohl ‘Terrified’ to Watch ‘Montage of Heck’ Documentary

Dave Grohl revealed in a recent interview that he has seen part of the 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary, but was 'terrified' to continue.

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10 Best Nirvana Songs

10 Best Nirvana Songs [Watch]

With just three full-length albums, a b-sides record, three live albums and multiple compilations, Nirvana took over the world of music like no band has since.

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Dave Grohl on Nirvana: ‘More Than Angst and Gloom and Doom There Was Catharsis’

Two weeks before Dave Grohl took a tumble off the stage in Sweden and broke his leg, the singer sat down with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph.

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Courtney Love Attempts to Stop Screenings of Kurt Cobain Murder Docudrama ‘Soaked in Bleach’

'Soaked in Bleach' explores the theory that Courtney Love was responsible for Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death, which was official ruled a suicide in 1994.

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26 Years Ago: Nirvana Release Their Debut Album ‘Bleach’

On June 15, 1989, Nirvana issued their debut disc 'Bleach.'

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The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne: ’90 Percent of the Cobain Documentary Montage of Heck Is Bulls–t’

The Melvins' Buzz Osborne has penned a critical commentary on the 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary.

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10 Awesome ‘Good Guy Grohl’ Moments

Dave Grohl is the undisputed "nicest guy in rock." It doesn't matter whose name you try and pin to that label, because Grohl will out-nice them every time.

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Perry Farrell Recalls Getting High With Kurt Cobain

Perry Farrell shares his recollections of meeting Kurt Cobain and his thoughts on 'Montage of Heck.'

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Duff McKagan + Krist Novoselic Unite for Accordion Cover of ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’

Watch as Duff McKagan and Krist Novoselic (playing accordion) cover the Guns N' Roses classic 'Sweet Child o' Mine.'

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New Details on Kurt Cobain Album Emerge

'Montage of Heck' director Brett Morgen offers more details on how the upcoming Kurt Cobain solo release came to be.

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