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Tuesday, November 5 2013

Experiencing Nirvana: An Interview with Bruce Pavitt

Bruce Pavitt, co-founder of Sub Pop Records, talks about the early days of Sub Pop, indie culture in the 1980s, and his new book about breaking the most legendary band of the '90s in Europe, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989.


Thursday, March 14 2013

Dave Grohl Gets Nostalgic in SXSW Keynote Address

As the featured speaker of this year's music festival, the Nirvana drummer, Foo Fighters lead singer reflects on what it took to get where he is today.


Thursday, September 29 2011

The Year Alternative Went Massive and Defined a Decade

Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.


Monday, September 26 2011

Nevermind Nostalgia: The Music of 1991... 20 Years Later

Over the next several weeks, PopMatters explores the artistic diversity of 1991, as we revisit some of the year's most memorable albums, address the trends of the day, and mine the cutout bin of history.


Monday, September 26 2011

Smells Like MTV: Music Video and the Rise of Grunge

MTV’s central role in delivering grunge to a national audience in the early 1990s demonstrated the network’s power as a creator and definer of culture, and the reaction of many of grunge’s iconic figures against the video medium revealed the gulf between principle and reality.


Columns

Sunday, April 6 2014

I Was Young When I Left Home: How Kurt Cobain's Voice Resonates

There are times when you hear Kurt Cobain sing that you believe no other voice has ever told the truth about suffering. But it's more complicated than that, isn't it?


Monday, April 9 2012

Grunge: Straining to Challenge the Status Quo

Grunge: Music and Memory casts grunge as the unsure middle weight stepping into the ring against one pop music brawler after another. Down goes Michael Jackson, down goes Guns 'n' Roses, and while Springsteen is putting the finishing touches onHuman Touch/Lucky Town, Nirvana and Pearl Jam release the most influential albums of the decade.


Monday, October 3 2011

Was Grunge the Last American Musical Revolution?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten. In revisiting the grunge genre which altered the musical landscape two decades ago, the question arises: was this our last musical revolution?


Reviews

Wednesday, December 14 2011

Ride: Nowhere (20th Anniversary Edition)

Alan Moulder's mix reveals, in these Rhino remasters, a grittier coating over the hazy smear.


Monday, October 17 2011

'Nirvana Live at the Paramount': Stand Near This Fire

Nirvana were always like some neighborhood kid's angsty little brother: loud, intense, and thoroughly unguarded even as wise-ass irony leaked through the veneer.


Thursday, September 29 2011

Nirvana: Nevermind (Deluxe Edition)

Over time, it has become clear that this is an album about the feelings of one man (not a generation), and his struggle between rock purity and pop sensibility is what makes this classic.


Thursday, December 10 2009

Nirvana: Live at Reading

Few live shows are able to communicate a band's heart and soul the way Nirvana's is brilliantly encapsulated here.


Thursday, May 24 2007

Nirvana by Everett True

One of the author's major assertions, expressed through quotes of others, is that Nirvana remains a powerful entity owing much to the fact that Kurt Cobain is gone.


Blogs

Tuesday, April 8 2014

The Legacy of Kurt Cobain

Twenty years since the world learned of Kurt Cobain's death, what impact does he have on rock music today?


Monday, April 7 2014

Nirvana - "Rape Me"

“Rape Me” was intended as a razor-sharp anti-rape anthem, an emblem of the feminist messages Kurt began channeling during the last two years of his life. That's not how it was taken.


Friday, April 4 2014

Counterbalance: Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged in New York'

I gazed a gazeless stare. We walked a million hills. As the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death approaches, Counterbalance takes a look at Nirvana's landmark acoustic performance.


Wednesday, October 16 2013

The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas"

Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.


Friday, April 26 2013

Counterbalance No. 126: Nirvana's 'In Utero'

Self-appointed judges judge more than they have sold. They agree though, that Nirvana's 1993 swan song is the 126th most acclaimed album of all time. All in all is all we are.


News

Wednesday, September 21 2011

Nirvana, Pearl Jam revisit era-defining music

NIRVANA “Nevermind: Super Deluxe Edition” (Geffen) 2.5 stars (out of 4) PEARL JAM “Pearl Jam Twenty” (Columbia) 3 stars ——— World domination — so difficult to predict, so impossible to


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