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Nirvana: 'Nevermind' — The Bolognese!

Report and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, December 1991

THE RAIN-sodden streets of Muggia (a secluded town in Northern Italy that acts as the border with civil war-torn Yugoslavia) are seemingly empty. Nirvana bass ...

Nirvana: With The Lights Out (Geffen)

Review by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, November 2004

POSTHUMOUS RELEASES FROM from departed artists often flail to do the impossible – to provide the music so violently and abruptly silenced by, say, Jeff ...

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Kurt Cobain (1993)

Interview by Jon Savage, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1993

Childhood in Aberdeen WA; 'Teen Spirit' and making it; Courtney Love and marriage; drugs and the stresses of success; Vig vs Albini; that notorious MTV Awards incident – it's pretty much all here.

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Nirvana: Bleach (Sub Pop import US LP only)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, July 1989

REAL ROCK music should hurt. Like being too near an exploding plate glass window, it should get under your skin and cause you to writhe ...

Nirvana: Bleach (Tupelo)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, August 1989

STONED, LOADED. It's both a mental and a physical bliss. Everything is nothing but an abandoned blur. Minutes away from a blackout, from a sweet, ...

Hard On: Nirvana and Tad

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, September 1989

This week EDWIN POUNCEY gets on the trail of Sub Pop, the label that brought you Mudhoney and who are about to unleash the ungodly ...

Nirvana: Bleached Wails

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1989

Everett True Thrashes It Out With The Latest Wizards From Seattle's Sub Pop Label Who Arrive In Britain Next Week ...

Nirvana: White Heat

Profile and Interview by John Robb, Sounds, October 1989

Natural descendants of Mudhoney and Dinosaur Jr, Nirvana are a high energy explosion resulting in a trail of smashed gear and beat anthems. John Robb ...

Nirvana/Tad/The Cateran: SOAS, London

Live Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, November 1989

Half the bloated business moguls in Britain have never heard of them. They were not invited to appear at the Smash Hits poll-winners party – ...

Tad, Nirvana: Astoria, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, December 1989

"CHECK!... CHECK!..." This is one little improvisation that the fans freezing outside were missing as Sub Pop stalwarts Nirvana struggled valiantly to balance the sound ...

Screaming Trees, Nirvana, Tad: Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1990

IT SEEMS incredible people still miss the point of Tad. Most (heavy) rock bands play for the sheer hell of it, and, sure Tad do ...

Tad and Nirvana: The Larder They Come

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 1990

This was a tour not for the faint-hearted. Everett True witnesses the chaos & carnage caused by Tad & Nirvana as they rampaged through the ...

Nirvana, The Melvins, Dwarves, The Derelicts: Motorsports International Garage, Seattle

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, October 1990

The American Uncivil War ...

Nirvana

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, October 1990

If any of the US underground bands are likely to break through into the mainstream, then it's got to be NIRVANA. Currently being courted by ...

Nirvana: Heaven Can't Wait

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1990

NIRVANA'S NEW single, 'Sliver' weighs in at a fraction over two minutes and is one hell of a pop song. No messing. ...

Nirvana: Melody Ballroom, Portland, Oregon

Essay by James Rexroad, Rock's Backpages, April 1991

click here for photostory by James Rexroad ...

Reading '91: Reading, Writhing And Riffmatic

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, September 1991

FRIDAY: IT WAS obvious, really – he had to say it. Who better than His Supreme Iggyness Of Pop, the Godfather of (s)punk rock, to ...

Nirvana Be In My Gang?

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, September 1991

We're talking sublime here. NIRVANA are the greatest band to emerge from the American post-hardcore meltdown since Sonic Youth, they sound nothing like Hüsker Dü ...

Nirvana: National Theatre, Kilburn

Live Review by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, November 1991

WHEN NIRVANA appeared at the Reading Festival earlier this summer, they were just one more obscure American underground rock trio with a good LP and ...

Nirvana: Smash And Grab

Report and Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Rage!, November 1991

With their second LP crashing into the American Top Ten, NIRVANA are such a hot rock act even British telly moguls have to let them ...

Nirvana: Station To Devastation

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1991

On their recent European tour, Seattle's masters of chaos, Nirvana, managed to set their tour bus alight, upset the Pogues and The Ramones, piss into ...

Nirvana: Nevermind (Geffen)

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, November 1991

NIRVANA'S VERTIGINOUS ascent to stardom has to be the year’s most surprising success story. The single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ has been in heavy rotation ...

Nirvana: Nevermind (DGC)

Review by Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, November 1991

DESPITE THE hand-wringing the fanzines do each time an indie-rock hero signs a major-label deal, righteous postpunk stars from Hüsker Dü to Soundgarden have joined ...

Nirvana: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1991

THE ONLY EXPLANATION is that a lot of people didn't realise how angry and alienated they really were. Once in a blue moon, a group ...

Nirvana: Smells Like A Sensation

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, December 1991

NIRVANA ARE THE sensation of 1991. Their single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ shot straight into the UK Top Ten and is now number seven after ...

Nirvana: Smells Like… Bullshit

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, February 1992

Nevermind has been at Number One on the Kerrang! Album Chart for a month, Stateside it's the same plus Double Platinum, and worldwide the video ...

Nirvana: Bleach (Tupelo/All formats); Hormoaning (Japanese CD only)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, March 1992

WHAT'S ON offer here are Nirvana's (bleached) roots, a raw-throated and perhaps over-fussy sounding debut LP that would eventually spawn a phenomenon. Bleach – with ...

Nirvana: Smells Like Chlorine Spirit

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1992

IT'S 9AM IN Tacoma and Nirvana bassist Chris Novoselic has just got up. He's got things to do, cats to feed, a house to move ...

Nirvana: Inside the Heart and Mind of Kurt Cobain

Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, April 1992

FOR NOW, Kurt Cobain and his new wife Courtney Love, live in an apartment in Los Angeles's modest Fairfax district. The living room holds little ...

Seattle: Grunge City

Report and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, April 1992

For real rockers Seattle is the ultimate wet dream. By Michael Azerrad ...

Kurt Cobain: I'm Not Gonna Crack!

Profile and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Vox, July 1992

Poisoned by the chalice of instant success, bedridden with road-rash after a ton of amp-smashingly intense gigs – what's happened to Nirvana's tortured singer and ...

Nirvana: 'In My Head, I'm So Ugly'

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

In the frankest and most comprehensive interview he's given since Nevermind blasted Nirvana into the rock super league, Kurt Cobain talks to EVERETT TRUE in ...

Come As You Aren’t: Nirvana at Isle Of Calf Festival, Oslo

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

THEY DON'T DESERVE THIS. Forget any reports you may have heard that rock is alive and kicking. The world’s only credible arena rock band is ...

Nirvana: Crucified by Success?

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, July 1992

In the second part of his exclusive NIRVANA interview, Everett True meets the band in Stockholm and finds Kurt Cobain, Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl ...

Nirvana at Reading

Live Review by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, August 1992

BY THE LAST day of the Reading Festival, the physical conditions have reverted to type. Soggy survivors cluster on little islands dotted between enormous mud ...

Nirvana: Nirva Mind The Bollocks

Interview by John Robb, Siren, August 1992

JESUS H. CHRIST! This is turning into some sort of modern-day fable. Out there, an uncompromised riffola outfit from an arse end of the US, ...

Nirvana: Love Will Tear Us Apart

Report and Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, August 1992

As Nevermind zoomed past Bono & Jacko, so the rumours started: Kurt Is Dead ...Kurt & Courtney & heroin ...As the bulldozers continue to gather ...

Nirvana: Reading Festival, England

Live Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, October 1992

"FUCK WOODSTOCK," read one popular T-shirt here, although this twentieth annual jamboree also began with lots of wasted folks frolicking in the mud and ended ...

Nirvana: Incesticide (Geffen)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, January 1993

With the colossal success of Nevermind, Nirvana brought grunge to the masses, a phenomenon which has radicalised "mainstream" rock across the board. ...

Nirvana: New Noise for '93

Report and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, January 1993

After a successful European summer tour and a sold-out show at the mammoth 45,000-seat Velez Sarsfield Stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, what has the world's ...

Nirvana: Cobain't That Peculiar

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, April 1993

Last week, Nirvana, L7, The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy and The Breeders staged a massive benefit for Bosnia at San Francisco's Cow Palace. Everett True ...

Nirvana: Cow Palace, San Francisco

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, May 1993

LET'S GO BACK a few years. Rock – as an innovative and thus creative form – is dead. I'll temper that. Rock, as created by ...

Nirvana: Incesticide (Geffen Records)

Review by Ian Christe, Warp, June 1993

ORIGINALLY INTENDED for release by their former label under the name Cash Cow, this collection of fifteen tight and tuneful Nirvana rarities has one of ...

Beyond The Thrash-hold Of Cobain: Nirvana: Roseland Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, August 1993

IT'S DEAFENING. Thurston Moore has his fingers in his ears. Lee Ranaldo's son Cody is wearing ear muffs. Even Courtney Love looks a little taken ...

Sounds Dirty: The Truth About Nirvana

Report and Interview by Jon Savage, Observer, The, August 1993

SITUATED ON 51st Street and Broadway, in the heart of the old entertainment area, Roseland is a New York institution. In the 1920s it was ...

Nirvana: In Utero

Review by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, September 1993

ROCK AND ROLL can be cruel. One minute you are a professional misfit, happily living out a punk-rock life of misery and alienation in an ...

Kurt Cobain: King Of Pain

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1993

On the eve of the release of In Utero, the hungrily-anticipated successor to their planet-rogering Nevermind, Q meets Nirvana and delves into Kurt Cobain's curious ...

Nirvana: The Boys Are Back In Town

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, October 1993

Go ahead. Hate this band, it's the cool thing to do. The punk rockers hate them because they've "sold out"; the mainstream hates them because ...

Territorial Pissings: The Battles Behind Nirvana's New Album

Report and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Musician, October 1993

KURT COBAIN has found that being a professional rock musician is not quite what he imagined when he was banging out his raunchy punk rock ...

Nirvana: The Coliseum, New York City

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1993

IF THERE WERE any doubts that Nirvana had truly connected with America's rock heartland, the sight of the crowd tonight dispels them. It's a sea ...

Nirvana: Lounge Act!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, December 1993

Forget all the bullshit! Forget the scandal! This is the real NIRVANA! Mellow! Happy! And capable of lounging Stateside arenas without baulking! In a Big K! exclusive, ...

Kurt Cobain and Kim Deal: Sleepless In Seattle

Report and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, December 1993

For a concert spectacular to be broadcast worldwide on New Year's Eve, MTV went to Seattle, where they'd but together a bill featuring Cypress Hill ...

Pearl Jam Versus Nirvana: The Final Countdown

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, December 1993

IF NUMBERS COUNT for anything, Pearl Jam wiped the floor with Nirvana. In its first week of release, Vs sold five times as many copies ...

Sub Pop: See Label For Details — An Interview with Bruce Pavitt

Interview by Cynthia Rose, Dazed & Confused, 1994

In 1979, when he was a college student, Bruce Pavitt started a fanzine called Subterranean Pop. Although the hipsters around him were pushing UK imports, ...

Courtney Love: In A Hole

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, February 1994

Hole are, to all intents and purposes, Courtney Love. And Courtney Love is a one-woman spite factory, spewing out bile and savaging anyone who dares ...

Kurt Cobain: Revolutionary Debris

Comment by Eric Weisbard, Spin, April 1994

I STILL prefer to believe that Kurt Cobain's life was saved by rock'n'roll. ...

Kurt Cobain: Too Good For This World

Obituary by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, April 1994

AT MIDNIGHT on Friday, after the violence in Rwanda and before the end of the IRA ceasefire, a vaguely disdainful Radio 5 newsreader announces the ...

Kurt Cobain 1967-1994

Obituary by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, April 1994

In Bloom — The Musical Legacy of Kurt Cobain ...

Kurt Cobain: I Hate Myself And I Want To Die

Obituary by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, April 1994

AND SO, to quote his mother, the only person who appears to have been actively concerned about his well-being in the last few days of ...

Kurt Cobain 1967-1994

Obituary by Nick Kent, MOJO, June 1994

NIRVANA SINGER AND SONGWRITER. THE FIRST TRUE ROCK AND ROLL STAR OF THE NINETIES. ...

Kurt Cobain: The Heartbreak Kid

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1994

KURT COBAIN was a great success. He wrote, he sang, he played lead guitar for the new band of the '90s. He made millions of ...

Kurt Cobain: Live Through This

Obituary by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, June 1994

LAST SPRING, Kurt Cobain sat at his kitchen table at 3 a.m., chain-smoking and toying with one of the medical mannequins he collected. "It's hard ...

The Death of Kurt Cobain

Report by Jon Savage, Observer, The, July 1994

DEPENDING ON your view of the afterlife, suicide may or may not be the solution to a life that has become unbearable. For ...

A Simple Song That Lives Beyond Time: Leadbelly via Kurt Cobain

Essay by Eric Weisbard, New York Times, The, November 1994

IMMEDIATELY after the suicide of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the rock band Nirvana, last April, MTV broadcasted almost continuously an hourlong Unplugged special that ...

Nirvana: Unplugged In New York

Review by Ben Thompson, MOJO, December 1994

IT SEEMS A PARTICULARILY VICIOUS IRONY:THAT A BAND THAT electricity seemed to flow through, a band who at their best could fling the weight of ...

Pearl Jam: Reluctant Hero

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Vox, January 1995

After years of putting Eddie Vedder down, Kurt Cobain's final retribution was to pass him Grunge's crown of thorns. But will he be able to ...

The Ten That Matter Most '85-'95: Nirvana

Retrospective by Eric Weisbard, Spin, April 1995

What does it take to be named one of the top ten artists of the decade? Innovation, influence, imagination, integrity. It all adds up to ...

Foo Fighters: The Chosen Foo

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, November 1995

THE FOO FIGHTERS Melody Maker interview takes place in the lobby of some swank hotel in Madrid, Spain. Outside, gun-toting cops keep the hookers at ...

The Kurt Cobain Memorial

Interview by Dave Thompson, Q, April 1996

Four days after Kurt Cobain's suicide, thousands gathered in his home city to attend the event that became his public funeral, falling somewhere between touching ...

Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (Geffen)

Review by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, October 1996

FOR ALL THOSE who will overturn the tables like Jesus in the temple if they hear Nirvana Unplugged in another vegetarian restaurant, From the Muddy ...

Kurt Cobain: The Lost Interview

Interview by Jon Savage, Guitar World, 1997

In July of 1993, Kurt Cobain gave a dramatically candid interview to respected British rock journalist Jon Savage. Freely discussed were such controversial topics as ...

Verse Chorus Verse: The Recording History of Nirvana

Special Feature by Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine, February 1997

NEARLY THREE years after Kurt Cobain's death in April 1994, interest in his group, Nirvana, remains strong. ...

Kurt and Courtney: Love Will Tear It Apart

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 1998

"I'M INTERESTED IN forbidden stories," says Nick Broomfield of his latest project, Kurt And Courtney, his drawling English vowels tanned with West Coast inflexions from ...

Kurt's Gone. So What?

Comment by Tom Cox, Guardian Unlimited, April 1999

ROCK KILLS. The list of victims is too long and depressing to print here. We still raise an eyebrow when another tortured Narcissus bites the ...

Kurt Cobain

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

WHEN ROCK stars die, it's usually as a result of living too well, taking too much, going too fast, getting too high. ...

Nirvana Still

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2001

Ten years on, we search interviews and books for clues to the mystery of music that once shook the world. ...

Nirvana, Courtney Love: Live Through This: American Rock Music In The Nineties By Everett True

Book Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, October 2001

Marking the 10th anniversary of Nevermind, True relives a turbulent life in grunge and Gullick and Sweet share their photographs ...

The Last Star: Kurt Cobain

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, June 2002

Why Kurt Cobain's legacy is worth fighting – or at least waiting – for ...

Kurt’s Chronicler: An Chat With Charles R. Cross

Interview by Alvaro Costa, Rock's Backpages, December 2002

Alvaro Costa checks in with the author of the acclaimed Heavier Than Heaven. ...

Nirvana

Retrospective by Keith Cameron, MOJO, January 2003

Nirvana's metamorphosis from callow punk geeks to the globe-stomping rock phenomenon of Nevermind took little more than a year. In between lay a chaotic tale ...

Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious: Death and Glory

Essay by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, February 2004

"Thank you all from the pit of my burning nauseous stomach." – Extract from Kurt Cobain's suicide note ...

In Utero: Kurt Cobain Speaks

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, April 2004

NIRVANA'S ALBUM NEVERMIND was out about two weeks on Oct. 9, 1991, when I conducted the following phone interview with Kurt Cobain. ...

Nirvana's 'You Know You're Right'

Retrospective by Gillian G. Gaar, MOJO, May 2004

ON SATURDAY, September 21, 2002, Nirvana's 'You Know You're Right' was leaked on the internet. ...

Nirvana: With the Lights Out (DGC)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Observer Music Monthly, December 2004

THE DOMINANT MOTIF of Nineties rock was backward time travel. In the UK, the likes of Supergrass and Oasis seemed to have discovered The Beatles ...

Extract from Nirvana: The True Story (Omnibus Press)

Book Excerpt by Everett True, Nirvana: The True Story (Omnibus), 2006

No music writer in the world was closer to Nirvana than Melody Maker's Everett True, who saw them perform on over 70 occasions, interviewed them ...

Scream And Scream Again: Dave Grohl

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, 'The Dave Grohl Story' (Omnibus Press) , 2006

In 1987, DC hopeful Dave Grohl finally scored what he thought was the best gig in the world: drumming for hardcore legends Scream. But what ...

Monster of Rock: Dave Grohl

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, September 2007

DAVE GROHL IS TIRED. Pulling a back-crunching, jaw-cranking comedy stretch, he twists, grits his immaculate white teeth and let's out a little squeak. Finished, he ...

Ten Myths About Grunge, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain

Guide by Everett True, Guardian, The, August 2011

KURT COBAIN loved Abba, wasn't from Seattle and didn't invent grunge. Everett True, the man who pushed the singer's wheelchair on stage for his last ...

Smells Like a Sellout: Nirvana and the Death of Alternative Rock

Essay by Toby Creswell, Rock's Backpages, September 2011

NOWADAYS EVERYBODY ascribes the collapse of the recording industry to illegal downloading. But as Bob Dylan recently observed, "Remember when that Napster guy came up ...

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