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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: inaudiblemelodies

Rockin’ 1,000 Cover Nirvana, AC/DC, the White Stripes + More

The Rockin' 1,000, consisting of over 1,200 musicians, gathered to perform covers of classics by Nirvana, AC/DC, the White Stripes and more.

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YouTube: Netflix US & Canada

Nirvana’s ‘Come as You Are’ Featured in Marvel ‘The Defenders’ Teaser

Nirvana's hit 'Come as You Are' was featured in the new commercial for the Netflix original series 'The Defenders' based off the Marvel Comics series.

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YouTube

Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Gets Computer Hardware Cover

Here's one of the more interesting covers of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' that you'll ever hear as the computer hardware 'Floppotron' revisits the song.

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Frances Bean Cobain’s Estranged Husband Allegedly Seeking Kurt Cobain’s ‘Unplugged’ Guitar in Divorce

The guitar Kurt Cobain played during MTV Unplugged is a bone of contention in the divorce proceedings between Frances Bean Cobain and her estranged husband.

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Two Unreleased Songs Claimed to Be From Nirvana Surface Online

Two unreleased songs purported to be from a Nirvana studio reel purchased by a fan on eBay have surfaced online.

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

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

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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

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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