Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989

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Experiencing Nirvana is a photo journal, grunge rock micro-history, and an inside look into a crucial eight-day period in the touring life of Nirvana.

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In this brief period, the young band goes from breaking up in Rome to winning over the influential British music press at Sub Pop’s LameFest U.K. showcase in London, setting the stage for their imminent popularity. On November 27, 1989, at the end of a grueling six-week European tour to promote Bleach, the band was exhausted and Cobain frustrated and downcast. Despite a stolen passport and a threatened leap from a 14-foot speaker tower, Cobain managed to continue to London.

Opening for Tad and Mudhoney at the Astoria Theatre, Nirvana’s heart-pounding performance won over the crowd and changed the band's fate. The powerful London music press proclaimed that Nirvana was “Sub Pop’s answer to the Beatles.” After that night, the world’s attention began to focus on the band that would become the biggest rock act of their generation.

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Author Bruce Pavitt
Publisher Bazillion Points
Page Count 208pp
Publication Size 9 x 11 x 1
Publication Notes hardcover, full color
Publication Date December 24, 2013
ISBN 978-1935950103

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