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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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YouTube: Mike Ziegler

Footage Surfaces of Nirvana Playing RadioShack in 1988

Imagine passing by a RadioShack after hours and seeing Nirvana playing in the window! It happened, way back in the winter of 1988 and there's footage.

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Two Kurt Cobain Paintings To Debut at Seattle Art Fair This August, Touring Exhibit Being Planned

A pair of previously unseen Kurt Cobain paintings -- one of them appropriated for the cover art to 'Incesticide' -- will make their debut this August at the Seattle Art Fair.

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Sub Pop

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

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

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CBS

Dave Grohl + His Mom Reflect on His Childhood, Kurt Cobain’s Death on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

Dave Grohl appeared on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' last night with his mom, Virginia, to promote her new book, 'From Cradle to Stage.'

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YouTube: Father John Misty

Kurt Cobain, Portrayed by Macaulay Culkin, Gets Crucified by a McDonald’s Army in New Father John Misty Video

Macaulay Culkin plays the part of late Nirvana legend Kurt Cobain getting whipped and crucified by a group of knock-off Ronald McDonalds.

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Keipher McKennie, Getty Images

Virginia Grohl’s Biggest Fear of Nirvana Fame Was That Madonna Would Snatch Up Dave Grohl

In a new interview, Virginia Grohl reveals her biggest fear from the days of Nirvana's fame was that Madonna would 'snatch up' her son.

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23 Best Nirvana Lyrics

Nirvana were responsible for some of the most memorable and quotable song lyrics in the history of rock. Here, we count down the 23 Best Nirvana Lyrics.

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23 Years Ago + 15 Years Ago: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain + Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley Die on April 5

On April 5, 1994, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain died, while Alice in Chains' Layne Staley would pass on April 5, 2002.

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FBE

Kids React to Nirvana… And Still Can’t Understand the Words to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

At least one thing hasn’t changed in the past quarter century: kids still can’t understand the words to Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.'

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Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Celebrates Landmark 350th Week on Billboard 200 Chart

Nirvana’s iconic 'Nevermind' album has hit a landmark achievement on Billboard.

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