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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

‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Documentary to Receive Theatrical Release

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The highly anticipated 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary will screen in select U.S. and international cities ahead of its HBO May 4 TV premiere.

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Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Gets Mashed Up With Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’

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Take a listen as Nirvana's classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" gets a mashup makeover with Hozier's "Take Me to Church."

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Watch the ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Documentary Official Trailer

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Check out the trailer for the upcoming 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary airing on HBO.

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Courtney Love Taking Legal Action Over Fake Nirvana Song

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Courtney Love is working with authorities to seek out the leaker of a fake Nirvana song.

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‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Soundtrack to Include Unheard 12-Minute Acoustic Song

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Thanks to director Brett Morgen, we now know the film's soundtrack will feature a "mind blowing 12 minute acoustic Cobain unheard track."

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You Can Buy Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home for $100,000 Less Than the Previous Asking Price

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The price has come down on the Nirvana singer's childhood home.

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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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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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