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Experiencing Nirvana : Grunge in Europe, 1989 - Bruce Pavitt

Experiencing Nirvana

Grunge in Europe, 1989

Hardcover

Published: 24th December 2013
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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. In the last days of 1989, 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. At the end of a grueling six-week European tour to promote their Bleach debut, the band was exhausted and Cobain frustrated and downcast. Despite a stolen passport and an attempt to leap from a 14-foot speaker tower, Cobain managed to continue to London. Opening for Tad and Mudhoney at the Astoria Theatre on November 27, 1989, Nirvana's heart-pounding performance won over the crowd. The powerful London music press proclaimed that Nirvana to be ?Sub Pop's answer to the Beatles." Within two years, the band would become the biggest rock act of their generation. This is the photographic story of the breakthrough that almost never happened.

"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

ISBN: 9781935950103
ISBN-10: 193595010X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th December 2013
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 23.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 1.29