As mentioned earlier, the October 2001 issue of Guitar World featured an extensive Nirvana
feature celebrating the 10th anniversay of their "Nevermind" album. I finally had a chance
to read it over, and here are some of it's highlights. The special involves five articles;
"The Dope Show" (an excerpt from chapter 16 of the 'Heavier Than Heaven' book), "Requiem for
a dream" (A lengthy interview with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic), "Love and War" (an article
on the Nirvana boxed set, and the legal battle between Nirvana and Courtney Love), "The Name Game"
(an article going over some of the early titles that Kurt had planned for selected Nirvana songs
and albums), "In Bloom" (a brief interview with Butch Vig), and "Cobainspotting" (a guide on the
gear Cobain used on the recording of "Nevermind"). Apart from this lengthy feature, mostly written
by 'Heavier Than Heaven' author Charles R. Cross, the magazine also includes a Kurt Cobain poster,
several Nirvana photos and the tabs to "All Apologies".
The "Love and War" article does a great job of clearing up the background for the forthcoming boxed set, and the reason for it's delay: "On Sunday January 30, 1994, Kurt Cobain walked into Robert Lang studios in north Seattle for what would be his last recording session. During the next five hours, Nirvana cut a handful of new songs, most of them rough demos. For the past seven years, those tracks, and scores of others, have remained tucked away in the vaults and shrouded in mystery. Jimi Hendrix died at the same age as Kurt Cobain and with roughly the same size catalog; yet, in the seven years since Kurt's death almost one dozen Hendrix repackagings, box sets or remastered albums have been released. The absence of a Nirvana box set, or even a greatest hits album, is an anomaly in an industry that thrives on reheated leftovers.
Much of the problem is due to the fact that Kurt's life - and the business of Nirvana - was a mess prior to his suicide. At the time of his death, no legal agreement existed that specified how Nirvana would be run as a business. Furthermore, Cobain died without leaving a valid will, thereby giving control of 96% of Nirvana's publishing [rights] to his widow, Courtney Love. In 1997 Novoselic, Grohl and Love signed a partnership contract which requires that all three vote unanimously on decisions such as the release of Nirvana songs. But Love recently filed a suit against Novoselic and Grohl to break up the partnership of Nirvana and gain control of the band's business affairs. She argues that since the 1997 contract grants veto power to each of the three parties, it has essentially 'deadlocked decision making'. Her lawyers argue that since she owns most of the publishing rights (and thus wields ultimate veto power over any new release), decision making should be consolidated under her control.
While the issue of who controls Nirvana is still being decided by a court, the parties are working on an out of court agreement that will see the release in the meantime of the often-talked about Nirvana box set. Universal has planned the set for the late fall, and most observers predict that it should still arrive by then. Aside from the songs recorded at the January 1994 session, fewer than a dozen Cobain tunes exist that have not been issued in any form, and only a handful of them are more than demos. Most likely a multi-CD box set would have to include some of the band's many alternative takes and live oddities since there isn't a wealth of unreleased studio material." Courtesy of Guitar World and Charles R. Cross.
The interview with Krist is also quite good, and represents the first and only lengthy interview he has done on the subject of Kurt and Nirvana since Kurt's death. It goes over topics such as Nirvana's first show, the making of Nirvana's three studio albums, the impact of drugs and fame, and Kurt's final days; "In the end he felt like he lost control and he just killed himself. He literally just shot himself in the head. It all just deteriorated, and I know that I got estranged from him. I could barely talk to him at the end of his life. There was so much to say but I could barely say anything. I was just overwhelmed. And I'm still overwhelmed to this day." - "You can't blame suicide on anybody. He ultimately killed himself. His death was a stupid mistake. He fucked up bad. He could have made it through and come to terms with things. Now he's always going to be this screwed-up 27-year old, how he was at the end of his life. It goes with being a smart-ass; he thought he was smarter than everybody else, that he knew better; that no one was going to tell him how to live his life. He wouldn't listen to advice. He thought he was too fucking smart." (this quote was taken grossly out of context so please read the complete interview if you get the chance). In general, it's a spectacular article and a great piece of work. Check it out if you can. Special thanks to Sara for the magazine.
The September 8 2001 issue of the British NME also featured a tribute to the "Nevermind" album. Although more primitive than the Guitar World feature, NME also offers info from Charles R. Cross in the form of an interview with him about his book, and the access he got to Kurt's diaries. "There was an inner and an outer Kurt Cobain", Cross tells NME. "... and the man you thought you knew, even when you were reading him in interviews with NME, was not always the man that went home and wrote in his journal, who was addicted to drugs and who was obsessive-compulsive." Speaking of the diaries, Cross said; "It's almost his own version of psychotherapy. His writing is his way of dealing with his depression. But it's creative brilliance, they're amazing. I have urged Courtney to publish them. They would be fascinating to read but they are very, very disturbing." Courtesy of NME and Charles R. Cross. The NME piece also includes an article named "Kurt's Kids" - which is basically interviews with people wearing Nirvana shirts at the recent Reading and Leeds festivals!
Speaking of NME, their September 15 issue also focused on Nirvana in the form of a "World Exclusive No. 1" interview with Courtney Love. A saucy front-cover picture of a half-naked Courtney Love opens the interview that at best is a series of rants and ramblings from the punk rocker. Reading the "interview" with her is like reading one of her longer hole.com message board postings - echoed by the fact that the "interview" was done per e-mail. Nevertheless, it's a very interesting read, especially with the interview focusing heavily on the new Cobain biography; "Charley seemed to be doing the first actual book with researched statistics and data. He's local to Seattle, and I knew what he was doing was Homeric for him, so in many ways he was doing it for me and for my daughter. He had devoted six years to it, so I knew he was serious and it wouldn't be the sub-Albert Goldman bullshit cottage industry, which we all know the previous KC stuff to be. I know that a real biography takes years to write and Charley kept coming up with stuff that I didn't know about - very quietly and tastefully. He didn't need me, and I like that." Courtney also, understandably, takes a stab at Nick Broomfield's controversial "Kurt and Courtney" documentary, and the people who "used him [Kurt Cobain] like he was a subhuman piece of dogshit and someone they could keep in his room and dine out on." Courtesy of NME and Corutney Love. Also a big thanks to Simon Taylor.
"Last Thursday (the 27th), Courtney Love, along with Frances Bean, appeared on KROQ's morning radio show in LA. She was mainly there to plug her appearance with her new band, Bastard, at a Jane's Addiction show, though she did talk a lot about Nirvana. She explained her reasons for the boxed set litigation--how she doesn't want Interscope Records to have anything to do with any releases and said the Nirvana deal cut with her and the surviving members was a bogus deal that she was suckered into, basically. She explained that the whole hype with the Tenth Anniversary of Nevermind was just a bunch of commercialism and that a later date would be more appropriate for any release. Courtney waxed about her dislike for Fred Durst because he tried to pitch his pet project, Puddle of Mudd, as his "fake Nirvana". She also talked a little about the new [Kurt Cobain] biography, most notably choosing to excuse Frances from the interview so she could talk about the various dairies and their contents over the radio. Mostly everything else was her rambling, but a nice touch was Frances singing along to 'Lithium' before they played it for her." Thanks to Ray for this story!
As mentioned in the story above, Courtney will be performing as a solo artist for the first time, opening a show for Jane's Addiction; "The Hole frontwoman will play her first show billed as a solo artist in Los Angeles on October 27, opening for Jane's Addiction. Ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel will back her at the Hollywood Bowl, as will other still-unannounced musicians, according to Love's manager, James Barber. New songs will make up more than half of her set list, while Hole tunes and other material will comprise the rest. Though a source said the singer/guitarist is considering opening more shows for Jane's Addiction, Barber said, 'At this point, [one show is] all there is.' Earlier this month, Love said she was considering a solo career because Bastard, the all-female rock group she formed in March, had dwindled down to just her and Schemel. But for now she has not given up on finding replacements for Veruca Salt guitarist Louise Post and former Rockit Girl guitarist Gina Crosley, who bailed to work together on a new Veruca Salt album." Story courtesy of Yahoo! and SonicNet. Ironically, Jane's Addiction opened for Nirvana about ten years ago at various shows.
"Last Thursday (the 28th), the Belgium radio station Studio Brussel aired a 30 minute live show of the legendary Nirvana concert at the Paradiso in Holland (in 1991). Some songs from the setlist: Aneurysm, About a girl, Polly, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Territorial Pissings, School, Breed and others." Thanks to Steven. I believe the complete show was aired recently by a different radio station; "On the 10th anniversary of Nevermind, Club Lek on 3FM, a very popular radio station in the Netherlands played the whole Paradiso '91 concert by Nirvana. The DJ also told some facts on Nirvana but nothing special to mention." Thanks to 'Thutshui' for this one.
"An NME poll in this weeks issue names 'Heart-Shaped Box' as the readers' favorite Nirvana song with over 50% of the votes. 'Lithium' comes in second with 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' down as #6." A bit of an odd result, but thanks to Chris for the news.
"I recently attended a Weezer concert on Wednesday, September 26th. Weezer was amazing. The band that opened for them was called The Start. They were okay. They sounded alot like Orgy but with a female singer. Their set pretty much sucked up until they took a little break about 45 minutes into it. The singer asked the audience if we liked Weezer. We all went crazy. But then she asked if we all liked Nirvana. Puzzled by the question, there was a mixed reaction by the crowd. Suddenly, they ripped into 'Breed'. I just about passed out when I heard the opening guitar line, and the thundering drums! It was freakin' amazing! The crowd went absolutely nuts when they finished the song. I think everyone's respect for the band had doubled after hearing that. They should have just played a Nirvana set." Thanks to Tony for sharing this story.
"The only uncut version of Kurt and Courtney by Nick Broomfield will be sold as part of a Film & Television memorabilia auction at Christies, London on 11th December 2001. The film was kindly donated by Nick Broomfield. All proceeds for the auction will go to support Britain's National Film and Television School." At this time, there's no word on what the uncut version includes that didn't make it to the official one. Thanks to Ciara of the National Film & Television School for the story.
"I was on your website and noticed your extensive links to articles on Nirvana. We have a story entitled 'Nirvana: A Decade After Nevermind Changed Music, looking back at Nirvana's career.' Check it out here." Thanks to Sarah Emerson of Virgin Entertainment Group for this one.
Here is my own little review of the Nirvana punk tribute CD "Smells Like Bleach" that was released on Cleopatra Records earlier this year. The CD comes with some interesting liner notes by Dave Thompson who wrote a book on the band a few years back. At 41 minutes, the CD is unusually short, but includes covers of 12 classic Nirvana tracks. Most of the covers are done by relatively unknown and obscure punk bands, with a few exceptions.
Today, it's been exactly ten years since Nirvana's legendary "Nevermind" album was released
in the US. To celebrate that, I threw together a little 'Nevermind' special section. This
section contains excerpts from "Nevermind It's An Interview" including quotes that have never
been published anywhere before! You will also find rare pictures and another interview, including
unpublished quotes. Check it out here. Today was also the initially
scheduled release date for the much anticipated Nirvana boxed set. A day many of us have been
waiting for, for several months. Unfortunately, due to legal problems, the release of the box
has been postponed and it is unknown when it will be released, if ever.
Today, this site transferred to a new webhost once again. Basically, the old host would cut
the account around September 25 for various reasons - so it was necessary to move. Fortunately,
it was completed quickly and thus resulted in no downtime whatsoever. The new host will hopefully
be able to handle the site's large demands for so-called "bandwidth". To prevent further problems,
the NFC Board has been moved to a different site - a domain of it's own even - and is now located
at www.nirvana2.com. That site will solely be used for the
board, while the rest of the site is available at the usual address (www.nirvanaclub.com). So, in
the future, when you want to visit the board - just use the URL www.nirvana2.com. After some of the
interactive sections being down for a couple of days, all parts of this site should be working again.
Only the NFC Picture Gallery - including Vladislav's page - will be unavailable for the time being.
This site is no longer part of the MusicFans network - a network of the best music fan sites - as
they went out of business. One consequence of that is that I have to personally pay all expenses
related to operating the domain, including webhosting bills, so it is crucial that you click the ad
banners once they are up (should be in a few days). We also strongly recommend you use the 'NFC
Store' that you can find in the top part of this news section. Thanks for your support. Also a huge
thanks to Simon Taylor for making www.nirvana2.com possible.
The voting period for the 'Dotmusic' People's Choice Award has now ended. Unfortunately, this site didn't make the Top 6 - and will thus not be competing for the winning spot, to be announced in London on September 27. More than 3.000 sites worldwide have competed and more than 150.000 votes were cast. Hopefully this site did make it top the Top 100 as last year -- the Top 100 will be announced shortly. The sites in the Top 6 were; www.a1-online.com, atomickitten.com, ronankeating.net, fans.gorillaz.com, westlife.co.uk, and the popular Radiohead site greenplastic.com. The latter site was also part of the ill-fated MusicFans network.
"In the British 'Q' magazine there was a feature, I think it was The Top 50 Albums of All Time, and Nirvana featured at #20 with 'In Utero'. The magazine described 'In Utero' as a progression from 'Bleach' and 'Nevermind' capturing a great sound. It also said that Kurt Cobain was a musical artist going through great emotional pain, but at the same time simultaneously sticking two fingers up to the recording industry. 'Nevermind' came in at #3 and there was a page and a half write up about the album which included photos of the band that I have never seen before." Thanks to Phil.
"There's a story on the Nevermind album in the September 21 issue of Entertainment Weekly entitled 'Did Nevermind Ruin Rock & Roll?' " Thanks to Gillian G. Gaar for this one. You can view scans of the cover and article here; #1, #2, #3 and #4. Special thanks to Amanda for these.
"This article is about Greg Sage and the Wipers. Not sure if you have it or not, but it discussed how Kurt put together the 'Tribute to Greg Sage album'. It also mentions that Kurt was tentatively planned to go into the Sage's studio and record a bunch of Leadbelly covers. That never happened due to the death of Kurt." Nirvana recorded a cover called "Return of the Rat" for the above mentioned album. Thanks to Dan for the info.
"Today [September 17] in the Toronto Sun (Canadian Newspaper) on the cover of the Showcase (entertainment) section was a picture of Kurt Cobain with flames around it, and the caption read 'It's better to burn out then to fade away? a ten year look back.' Inside there was a two-page spread. The article talked about Kurt Cobain and of course the recent biography. The article talked about the effect that Nevermind had on the world. Even going so far to say that it was because of Cobain that Bush (senior) wasn't going to get re-elected. More interesting though was the article on the last page. It was a sort of flashback article. It was the article the paper ran on April 9th 1994. It also showed pictures from the paper with the caption 'A Waste...But No surprise'. Later in the commentary part of the section (written today) was a brief commentary on the 'growing number of fans who believe he was murdered.'" Thanks to Scott Schill for this one.
"In a recent edition of the paper Pulse there was some very different information regarding the boxset. It read as follows: 'Nirvana's label, Universal, says that two previously unreleased Nirvana tracks will be included on a new single CD best-of compilation scheduled for release in the lead-up to Christmas. It seems that Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and the two surviving members of Nirvana have reached agreement over the release of the tracks, said to have been recorded in the last few weeks of Cobain's life. The inclusion of a third previously unreleased track is still under discussion but not yet signed, sealed and delivered.' " Thanks to Matt for this information. I don't believe this info is correct, but nevertheless, nothing can be ruled out. Let's hope for the best.
"On the Norwegian website http://www.sone2.no/ there is a Nirvana competition running until October 1st. The question is who Kurt was married to, and the winner gets a package from Universal including all Nirvana albums. What surprised me, though, was that along with the usual albums pictured is the "Singles" box set and also the "Nevermind"/"Bleach" (or "Incesticide") plus t-shirt and card box." Thanks to Reidar.
"Nirvana recently topped a poll of over 15000 people. For more information go here." Thanks to Feargal.
Some interesting information; "a good friend of mine works for Universal Music Distribution
in New York. She said according to her bosses, the [Nirvana] box set is postponed indefinitely.
There was a rumour it would be out in time for Christmas holiday shopping, but she said it
definitely will not be out by then either. She had no info as to what was in it, the artwork,
packaging etc." Another source close to the project confirmed that the box was currently on
hold and was pending an agreement between the various parties (most notably Courtney Love and
The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet put up a lengthy tribute to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 'Nevermind' album. You may read it online here. Special thanks to Reidar for the link.
From LAUNCH; "Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic recently recalled one of the most memorable moments in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards. Back in 1992, Novoselic split his head open live on national cable TV after throwing his bass in the air and missing the catch. Novoselic told us, 'What happened was as my concentration was off. Before I walked on stage, I had a six pack of Budweiser. I mean, I kind of just shotgunned them, and I walked on stage. I was kind of shook up, too, because of some events that happened earlier with Guns N' Roses, but I threw the bass up in the air...Well, what happened was I was playing and my bass amp, I turned it on and it was just overdriven. It's like pile-driving. I'm, like, 'Oh god,' and I'm, like, 'There's how many million people watching this? We can't start over,' you know? Show biz--the show must go on. Then the amp just cuts out, starts crackling, and the amp's gone.' Novoselic continued, 'In the old Nirvana days, whenever we'd play bad shows we would just smash our gear and then everybody would get excited and then we'd walk off stage, and everybody would be, like, 'What a great show. Such an exciting finale,' but it was just real shtick. I've gotten real good at that. I've thrown my bass 30 feet in the air easily--really thrown it up there--and caught it every time, and just that one time I was off. I just wasn't feeling right.' Novoselic added that some good did come out of the incident: 'I just wasn't feeling right and it fell right on my head. It just kind of knocked me silly. I got up and walked off, and I was walking backstage and the security guard is like, 'Oh, my god. Here come with me.' I felt kind of dizzy and these paramedics came. I think like Boyz II Men or somebody like that was in the bathroom, and they're, like, 'Oh, my God.' I look in the mirror and my face is covered with blood. And then Brian May [of] Queen walks up with, like, a towel, and I'm just standing there drinking champagne with Brian May with an ice pack on my head. Yeah, we were talking.' " Courtesy of LAUNCH Media.
'The Onion' put up an interesting review of the book "Heavier Than Heaven" which you can read here. Thanks to Chris for the link.
Apparently Guitar World compiled a list of the 100 best guitar solos of all time. Nirvana made it to spot #26 with "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Thanks to Chris Valles.
"'Grunge' which premieres on VH1 September 14th, 10/9c [is] a comprehensive look at the history of Grunge
nearly 10 years ago which includes interviews with many of the most popular artists of the time with an in
depth look at the life of Kurt Cobain. 'In September 1991, Nirvana released Nevermind, a landmark album that
voiced the frustrations of a disillusioned generation and signaled the arrival of a major music scene. Now,
a decade later, VH1 News and Spin magazine present Grunge, an in-depth look at the Seattle-born movement
that transformed popular music and the major players who made it happen.' VH-1 WEBSITE INCLUDES:
MTV put up a (slightly late) story on the new "Heavier Than Heaven" book;
"With unprecedented access to the Nirvana frontman's unpublished journals,
letters, drawings and home videos, author Charles R. Cross set out to construct
the definitive biography of Cobain, and according to the singer's widow, Cross
has come closer than anyone else. 'It's heavy,' Courtney Love said. 'I read it
in one weekend, and I couldn't leave my house. Biographies always are someone
else's projection, but it's the first one that's not nonsense. The facts are in
there — names, numbers, dates. ... It sets the standard.' - 'To me, the most interesting
part of Kurt's personality is the difference between the inner and the outer man,'
Cross said. 'This stuff about Kurt Cobain being an anti-corporate artist is complete
and utter pooey. If you look at the choices in his life, at every single turn of events
he went the route to more popularity. He signed a major label. He kept saying he wouldn't,
but he did. He complained about making a video, complained about how much they played it,
yet privately complained to his managers when they didn't play it enough.' Cobain, Cross
claims, was obsessed with his own mythology and fabricated stories about his past, such
as living under a bridge. - Cross said he gained access to Cobain's intimate material
by winning the trust of the singer's family and friends. '[Love] felt that to understand
him, I needed to read his inner thoughts,' he said. 'The diaries ... really changed this
book dramatically because they gave me a place to have Kurt's voice.' " Story courtesy of
Teri VanHorn and MTV. Check out the full story here.
VH-1's website put up some info about their 'Grunge' special to be aired on
September 13; "In September 1991, Nirvana released Nevermind, a landmark album
that voiced the frustrations of a disillusioned generation and signaled the
arrival of a major music scene. Now, a decade later, VH1 News and Spin magazine
present Grunge, an in-depth look at the Seattle-born movement that transformed
popular music and the major players who made it happen." On VH-1's website there
is a poll entitled "What's the greatest grunge album?" and Nirvana's Nevermind
is currently in the lead with 55%, followed by Pearl Jam's excellent album "Ten"
with 37% of the votes, and Soundgarden's "Superunknown" album with just 8% of
the votes. On the site you can also find a '94 Cobain interview, some 'grunge
interviews', and similar features. Check it out here.
The 'Grunge' special will be aired on VH-1 (in the US) at the following times:
THU 9/13 at 1am ET, THU 9/13 at 1pm ET, THU 9/13 at 10pm ET, SAT 9/15 at 2:30pm
ET, SAT 9/15 at 10:30pm ET, SAT 9/22 at 5pm ET.
"I was watching Much Music the other day (Canadian version of MTV) and they just launched a side station called 'Much Loud' playing only rock music and they were showing the debut of it, and the very first song to be played on the station happened to be 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana." Thanks to 'Cobainela' and Kushmin for this one.
"Throughout the Labor day weekend, the radio sation in my hometown 'The Rock
94.3' played the Top 500 Rock Songs of all time ... most of these were voted
on by the fans ... just thought you would like to know how Nirvana did:
As mentioned before, there is a lengthy Nirvana feature in the September 13 issue of
Rolling Stone magazine. As I only now had a chance to read through the mag myself, I
thought I would go over the feature in more detail. Focusing on the 'Nevermind' album
- having a 10 year anniversary later this month - the article is introduced with a
re-creation of the legendary cover photo. The now 10-year old Spender Elden is pictured
chasing after the infamous $10-bill once again, as he was when doing the photo shoot
for the album's cover, some ten years ago. The article features interesting interviews
with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Butch Vig. When asked how 'Nevermind' sounds
to him today, Krist notes; "It's so strong. There are no weak moments in it.
I don't ever skip over a song. Each song has something to say. We were well rehearsed - we went
in and just knocked it out. It wasn't self-conscious. It poured out." Grohl talks about
the much-debated song 'You Know You're Right' from the last recording session the band did;
"It's pretty melodic. But it has probably the most feedback I've ever heard on a Nirvana
track. With Nevermind, we wanted to capture the raw energy of the band but with
optimum performance. In Utero was all about capturing the vibe on tape. This song
is somewhere between the two - but stranger." He also talks a little about the session;
"We had been touring America and we had this new song we had been fucking around with
in sound checks. The first two days [in the studio], it was just Krist and me messing
around. Kurt came in on the third day, and we did the song in one take. Then he sang
three vocal tracks. That was it." Butch Vig, producer and engineer of 'Nevermind' also
talked a little about some of Nirvana's rare outtakes following the question - There
aren't many outtakes from the album: "Old Age", "Sappy", and something called "Song in
D". Vig: "I wanted Kurt to finish the words to that one. It was like
'On a Plain' or 'About a Girl', this jangly arpeggio thing in the key of D. I thought I could
turn it into another single. At the end, Kurt said he didn't want to finish it because it was
too much like R.E.M. For "Sappy", he had some lyrics, but he wanted to change it. The
band tried to record it on numerous occasions. It was one of those songs Kurt heard
in his head, but they never got it right. But he kept taking a stab at it."
Next, the article describes "Ten scenes from the year that catapulted Nirvana from underground punks to rock & roll kings" . The scenes are; " 'Nevermind' cover shoot"; " 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video"; "Tower Records in-store performance"; 10/12/91 show in Chicago; 10/16/91 show in St. Louis; 10/19/91 show in Texas with the infamous battle; 10/30/91 show in Seattle; " 'Nevermind' goes platinum"; Saturday Night Live on 01/11/92 and finally the Rolling Stone cover shoot in January 1992. These events are described, using comments from those who were there. The final bit of the feature is an article on the best Nirvana bootlegs. The picks are as follows: 04/17/87 Olympia radio show; 1987-1988 home demos; 12/28/88 Seattle show; 11/22/89 Vienna show; BBC Radio Sessions 1989-1991; 08/17/90 Hollywood show (with Dale Crover on drums); 01/10/92 New York show for MTV; 08/30/92 Reading Festival in the UK; 10/23/93 show in Chicago, featuring the only live performance of "You Know You're Right" and finally the popular and highly bootlegged 02/22/94 show in Rome, Italy. The choices are perfect - and do indeed pretty much represent ten of the best Nirvana bootlegs. The article also mentions this site in the credits, which is quite flattering.
In general, the whole feature is excellent and offers a wealth of interesting information - along with some great photos. Kudos to David Fricke and Rolling Stone for a very well done tribute to the 'Nevermind' album, and celebration of it's 10-year anniversary. On a sidenote, they are currently running a competition where you can win all of Nirvana's CDs. Check this scan for info. If you don't get a chance to buy a copy of the magazine, you can also read the Nirvana article here. Thanks to Jessica for the link.
Don't forget to tune into MTV tomorrow evening at 8 PM Eastern for this year's MTV Video Music Awards show. The show will feature live performances from Alicia Keys, Linkin Park, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Staind and U2. Among the presenters are Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Destiny's Child, Janet Jackson, Mandy Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Jessica Simpson, Will Smith, Gwen Stefani, Christopher Walken and many others. You can get more information, including a list of the nominees, at the MTV website.
Another story about Courtney from NME; "COURTNEY LOVE has told NME.COM she is considering the possibility of an exhibition of KURT COBAIN's 'paintings and sculptures', as well as other writings, in LONDON. As previously reported on NME.COM, Love gave writer Charles R. Cross access to Kurt Cobain's personal diaries as part of his research for a new biography of the late Nirvana star, titled 'Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain'. The 28 handwritten notebooks are said to document his life from a teenager, through to his suicide in 1994. Now, in an exclusive interview to be published in next week's issue of NME (September 15), Love said that plans were in the pipeline for an exhibition of Cobain's non-musical work in London. She commented: 'I've spoken to someone in London about showing funny poetry, sick boy cartoons, beautiful prose and his paintings and sculptures which are amazing... There are just tons and tons of diaries. He was very prolific and a good, if not sometimes great, evocative writer.' " Story courtesy of NME.
"Over Labor day weekend, LA's KROQ, arguably the biggest modern rock station in the US (maybe the world?) played the 300 biggest songs of the 90's as voted by its listeners via its website. Just thought I'd let you know where Nirvana stood in all of that. Here goes:
An interesting story from NME; "COURTNEY LOVE has given a world exclusive interview to NME
about the legacy of her late husband KURT COBAIN, following the publication of extracts from
the NIRVANA songwriter's diaries. Courtney spoke to NME following publication of 'Heavier Than
Heaven', a new biography of Cobain which includes previously unpublished entries from his
diaries. Courtney granted the biographer, Charles R Cross, access to Kurt's diaries most of
which she has in her possession. With the tenth anniversary of Nirvana's landmark album
'Nevermind' due later this month, Courtney agreed to talk to NME about her reasons for allowing
Cross access to the diaries, her own memories of the period and her future in music. The full
interview will appear in next week's edition of NME (September 11)." Story courtesy of NME.
Today we enter the month where the fabled Nirvana box set was initially planned to
be released. The September 2001 release date, marking the 10th anniversary of the
'Nevermind' album, was first spread in early 2000. Eventually, several official
sources - including Krist and Dave - backed it up. The rumors of a planned box-set
started spreading sometime in '98, and for a long time September 24 2001 seemed to be the
date where it would finally be released. Apparently, later it was changed to October
23. Unfortunately, neither of these dates are likely to mark the release of the box,
as it was stopped by a injunction that Courtney Love launched earlier this year.
"Love claims that a preliminary injunction was necessary to protect her legal rights
and an immediate infringement upon them with the release of the box set." So, the
matter is currently stuck in the legal system, and unless the parties settle things
soon, a release this year is quite unlikely. Time will tell what happens ...
In the August 28 issue of the British NME magazine there are a couple of articles on Nirvana. One goes over the same stuff as a recent CNN article; mostly focusing on the HTH book and the fact that the author got access to Kurt's journals. It also mentions the discovery of a recording of Nirvana's first show. The issue of NME also includes a comment from Jason Wade, vocalist of the band Lifehouse, talking about how much Cobain influenced him. Apart from NME, recent issues of the British Q and Mojo magazines also include articles on Nirvana. Thanks to Mic Wright.
"The Channel ABC's (Australian TV) music program, Rage, will be screening all of Nirvana's video clips from approximately 3:00 am to 3:45 am on Sunday the 2nd of September. You can view Rage's online play list here." Thanks to Chris McCubbin.
"I am a fan of the band Harlow. They were on the Bands on the Run thing and on the last episode when all members reunited to announce the winner, Pat Smear (everybody's buddy!) accompanied them. Harlow just finished recording their debut album 'Harlowland', and Pat Smear produced it!" This was also mentioned in a recent Harlow newsletter. Thanks to Matt for the news on Nirvana's former 2nd guitarist.
"Courtney Love and Don Henley are putting their voices together, but it's not for song, it is for artist rights. Love and Henley will testify before a California Senate Committee on Sept 5 at a hearing to discuss the release of artists from long-term contracts. A 56 year old Californian law states that artists cannot be held under a contract for longer than 7 years, but an industry amendment passed in 1987 makes artists still liable for any albums not produced under the terms of the contract after the 7 year period expires. Kevin Murray, a former music agent and now State Senator will be chairing the hearing and admits he is not sure the current law is even good for the record industry." Full story. Thanks to Steve Harries for the link.
A new Nirvana site recently opened, offering some interesting multimedia files. Most of all, these include Nirvana's music videos and live clips. These movie files can be difficult to find elsewhere. Check out the site here.
New Yorker magazine also did a review of the new Cobain book that you can read here. Thanks to Maria for the link.
The unsorted pictures section was updated with some great photos from a recent trip to Seattle and Aberdeen. They include brand new pictures of the home where Kurt Cobain lived in his final days, and the small park next to it. Check out the pictures here. Special thanks to tbe beautiful Maria for these.