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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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Handwritten Letter From Kurt Cobain May Be Sold By Musician Juliana Hatfield

In 1993, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain penned a handwritten letter to Juliana Hatfield. 23 years later, Hatfield may sell the note for no less than $20,000.

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Angry Kurt Cobain Letter to Label Chief David Geffen To Be Auctioned

An angry letter Kurt Cobain penned to DGC label head David Geffen over a Vanity Fair article is set to be auctioned off in New York.

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Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Joins Paul McCartney Onstage to Perform Beatles Classic ‘Helter Skelter’

Near the end of Paul McCartney’s massive 39-song set in Seattle, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic join McCartney and his band onstage to jam 'Helter Skelter.'

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IDW Publishing
IDW Publishing

Graphic Novel Reimagining Kurt Cobain’s Life Due in October

A new graphic novel titled 'Who Killed Kurt Cobain?' reimagines the singer's life through the eyes of an imaginary childhood friend.

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22 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 22 Best Nirvana Lyrics.

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22 Years Ago + 14 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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Krist Novoselic Responds to Melvins Frontman Buzz Osborne’s ‘Montage of Heck’ Criticism

Legendary Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has commented on Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne’s 'Montage of Heck' criticism.

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YouTube
YouTube

Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ Gets Country Tinged Cover From Sturgill Simpson

Watch the new video from country artist Sturgill Simpson giving a unique rendition of Nirvana's 'In Bloom.'

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Seattle Police Release Photos of Kurt Cobain Suicide Shotgun

New photos have surfaced from the Seattle Police of the shotgun Kurt Cobain was ruled to have used in his suicide.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Melvins’ Buzz Osborne Claims Dave Grohl Blew Off Potential Collaboration

Melvins' Buzz Osborne reveals that Krist Novoselic's guest spot on their new album was supposed to include Dave Grohl as well, but he says Grohl blew it off.

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