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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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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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13 Unforgettable Kurt Cobain Moments

To get you in the mood for the premiere of 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,' check out these 13 Unforgettable Kurt Cobain Moments.

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‘Montage of Heck’ Director Brett Morgen Confirms Kurt Cobain Album Coming This Summer

'Montage of Heck' director Brett Morgen confirmed in a new interview that there will be a Kurt Cobain album released this summer.

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Portion of Kurt Cobain’s Will Turns Up in ‘Montage of Heck’ Documentary

Get a little more insight into Kurt Cobain by seeing part of this will that's featured in the 'Montage of Heck' documentary.

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Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus + ‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus on ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’

At the L.A. premiere for 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,' Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, 'Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus and others spoke about the film.

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

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

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

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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