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. 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.
"The book is amazing, and so perfectly representative of that time. I swear, looking through those pictures brought me right back to being in a cold, damp van with a bunch of smelly musicians, having the time of our lives!"--Dave Grohl "For over thirty years Bruce Pavitt has been at the vanguard of popular culture advancing social and artistic trends, ideas, and movements within the community of the innovative and alternative. "Experiencing Nirvana" is part rock 'n roll travelogue and part voyeuristic pop culture rubbernecking--an unromantic yet nostalgic glimpse into a rock social movement just prior to its explosion."--Kim Thayil, Soundgarden "Few people can lay claim to starting a rock 'n' roll revolution, but Sub Pop Records founder Bruce Pavitt can do just that."--"Paper" Mag "One of those perfect records of music history that galvanizes the pedestrian as easily as the aural devotee."--Dangerous Minds "The book reveals a side of these bands that most fans have not seen: unknown, homesick, silly, and brimming with the unpolluted exhilaration of impending success. The result is a raw portrait that is free of the rock star mythologizing that kicked into gear as soon as Nirvana signed to Geffen Records."--"Forbes" "Arguably the best and most revealing new book on Nirvana...The book is refreshing because it doesn't care about "Teen Spirit" or Nevermind; barely mentions Courtney Love, heroin, or suicide... Here, in this snapshot of pre-celebrity life, Pavitt finds a sliver of humanity."--Pitchfork "For some strange and inexplicable reason, none of these photos from the tour have been published in print until now.... Put on your smiley-faced shirt with X'd out eyes, crank up "Bleach," and enjoy."--"Vice" ""Experiencing Nirvana" is an interesting and breezing read and a must-have for any grunge or Nirvana fan. It gives a unique perspective on the time period told through the words and photography of the people who were t
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th December 2013
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 23.5 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 1.29