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Nirvana

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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Dave Grohl: ‘Nirvana Became Too Big Too Quick’

Dave Grohl discusses the instant success and abrupt ending of Nirvana during a chat with 'Off Camera' host Sam Jones.

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Kurt Cobain’s Ex-Girlfriend Goes After Courtney Love, Supports Murder Conspiracy Theorist

Mary Lou Lord penned messages on how she supports Kurt Cobain murder conspiracy theorist Tom Grant and how she's been threatened and abused by Courtney Love.

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Vinnie Zuffante / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Kurt Cobain Once Called Max Cavalera to Find Out Where to Score Heroin in Brazil

Max Cavalera's wife, Gloria, recalls a time when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain called the Sepultura frontman to get some advice on where to score heroin in Brazil.

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YouTube: Kirsten Kuwatani

Ethiopian Students Celebrate Dave Grohl’s Birthday WIth Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

Students in Ethiopia put together a video tribute singing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" wishing Dave Grohl a happy birthday.

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Alice in Chains, Soundgarden + Nirvana Members Salute Jimmy Page in Seattle

Members of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana and more were on hand to salute the music of Jimmy Page with the guitar great.

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Cardigan Sells for $137.5K, Lock of Hair Pulled From Auction

It may be discolored, have a burn hole and is missing a button, but Kurt Cobain's 'MTV Unplugged' cardigan still fetched a pretty penny.

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Hear Kurt Cobain’s Early Demo of ‘Been a Son’

Get a listen to an early version of Nirvana's 'Been a Son' thanks to a newly posted Kurt Cobain demo.

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana ‘MTV Unplugged’ Cardigan and a Lock of His Hair on Auction Block

The familiar cardigan that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain wore during the 'MTV Unplugged' appearance is going on the auction block.

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21 Years Ago: ‘Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York’ Released After Kurt Cobain’s Death

On Nov. 1, 1994, after the death of Kurt Cobain, the band issued their 'MTV Unplugged in New York' as a posthumous concert album.

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Listen to Kurt Cobain’s Home Recording of ‘Sappy’

You can hear Kurt Cobain's demo of 'Sappy' right now!

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