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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 Gets Sentimental as He Recalls His Nirvana Days During Foo Fighters Show in Chicago

This isn’t the first time we’ve written about an emotional man onstage at a Foo Fighters concert.

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Watch Tennis Great John McEnroe Cover Nirvana’s ‘Territorial Pissings’

Tennis legend John McEnroe performs a high energy cover of Nirvana's 'Territorial Pissings.'

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Courtney Love Pens Heartbreaking Note to the Late Husband Kurt Cobain

Courtney Love wrote some emotional posts over the weekend directed at her late husband Kurt Cobain.

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Soundtrack to Include Unheard Tracks + Comedy Routine

Look for unheard music, audio montages and even a comedy sketch in the upcoming 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' soundtrack.

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Unreleased Nirvana Recordings From ‘Nevermind’ + ‘In Utero’ Sessions Surface Online

A bunch of unreleased Nirvana tracks have just leaked, including alternate takes, mixes and demos from the band's Nevermind and In Utero sessions.

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Lawsuit Seeking Release of Kurt Cobain Death-Scene Photos Dismissed by Seattle Judge

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by conspiracy theorist Richard Lee, who had sued the city of Seattle and its police department in an attempt to gain access to potentially graphic death-scene photos of Kurt Cobain.

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Potential Release of Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos To Be Argued in Seattle Court

Today (July 31) a judge will hear argument on whether or not to proceed with a trial that may result in the release of graphic photos of Kurt Cobain's death.

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Billy Corgan Shuts Down Fan Who Asks Him If Courtney Love Killed Kurt Cobain

During a Smashing Pumpkins VIP question and answer event on July 13 in Colorado, a fan asked singer Billy Corgan if he thought Courtney Love killed Kurt Cobain.

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Seattle Teen Unknowingly Uncovers Photos of Nirvana’s First Gig

19-year-old Maggie Poukkula's father, Tony Poukkula, actually hosted Nirvana's first gig in his basement in March 1987.

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Foo Fighters Series, Kurt Cobain Documentary Earn 2015 Emmy Nominations

Foo Fighters and Kurt Cobain were among the rockers named when the 2015 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday (July 16).

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