The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown was packed full last night, with well-wishers eager to celebrate the publication of “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989,” by Sub Pop records co-founder Bruce Pavitt.
Business was so brisk that sales of the book, a photo-journal of Sub Pop bands Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad on tour, were limited to one per person. “So there will be enough to go around,” bookstore manager Larry Reid explained.
As guest DJ (and Sub Pop photographer) Charles Peterson spun records by various Sub Pop bands and other Seattle acts (Green River, The Pudz), Pavitt found himself swarmed by autograph seekers before he was able to reach the book signing table. And whenever he stopped to have a chat with other guest attendees, such as Tad Doyle, lead singer of Sub Pop band Tad, cameras were whipped out en masse in order to capture the moment.
Pavitt chose not to read from his book, but did make some brief remarks, at one point referring to Tad and Nirvana as being the real heroes of his book, for touring around Europe in less than ideal conditions, packed side by side in a van for six weeks.
Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, fresh from his appearance with Pearl Jam in Seattle on Friday night (Mudhoney both opened the show and joined Pearl Jam on stage for their encore), was also in attendance. Both Arm and Doyle were also met with numerous requests autographs and photos.
And as Reid reminded the crowd, “There’s only 17 shopping days until Christmas!”