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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

10 Best Nirvana Songs

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The best Nirvana songs exemplify the band's place in rock history, as the group changed the face of the music industry within a very short period. The iconic band embraced a sound that mixed hard rock's power with punk's attitude, leading the way in the "grunge" revolution. Led by the late Kurt Cobain and featuring th

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Kurt Cobain Credit Card Goes on Auction Block

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Kurt Cobain's bank credit card leads a group of new items from name musicians that are currently on the auction block.

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Dave Grohl: Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Set ‘Was Supposed To Be a Disaster’

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Dave Grohl reflects on his days as Nirvana’s drummer, specifically talking about the two days of rehearsals leading up to the remarkable 'Unplugged' performance.

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Director Brett Morgen Condemns Focus on Singer’s Suicide

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Director Brett Morgen defends his decision to end 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' with the singer's overdose in Rome.

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Dave Grohl Absent From First Cut of ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Documentary

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The drummer was noticeably absent in the 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary screening at Sundance but director Brett Morgen says he could still turn up.

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No Nirvana, No Pearl Jam, No Soundgarden: Radio Station Bans Seattle Bands Ahead of NFL Playoff

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images / Jason Oxenham, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

94.5 the Lake has announced their ‘Say No to Seattle’ campaign, during which they won’t play any music from bands who hail from Seattle.

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Documentary Gets Companion Book

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The 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary will have a companion book filled with animation stills, rare photography and more from Cobain's archives.

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E-Commerce Sites Halt Sale of Kurt Cobain Suicide Note T-Shirt

Kurt Cobain Suicide Note Shirts
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What do you think? Are the shirts in poor taste?

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Documentary to Include Previously Unheard Music

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There's another reason to check out HBO's 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary as previously unheard originals will be included in the film.

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Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Still Has Dreams About 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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