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March 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Come As You Are: A panel discussion with Nirvana experts

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider).

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider).

Experience Music Project will host A panel discussion on April 6 with Charles R. Cross (Cobain biographer and author), Charles Peterson (photographer), Jack Endino (producer and musician) and Bruce Pavitt (co-founder of Sub Pop) with host Jacob McMurray, EMP’s Senior Curator of “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.” The group will share stories about the legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana along with video and audio clips.

Admission to the panel discussion, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. at EMP, is free.

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December 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Bruce Pavitt book signing draws Seattle music personalities

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.

Bruce Pavitt addresses the audience as Sub Pop photographer Charles Peterson kneels to take his picture. (Gillian G. Gaar)

Bruce Pavitt addresses the audience as Sub Pop photographer Charles Peterson kneels to take his picture. (Gillian G. Gaar)

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.

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November 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Nirvana in Europe, 1989 | Book review and author appearance

Colosseum1NIRV-frontIn November 1989, Sub Pop Records co-founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman headed to Europe to see how three of the label’s bands — Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad — were faring on their overseas tours. Fortuitously, Pavitt brought along his Olympus pocket camera to document the trip.

What Pavitt ended up capturing was, he said, “a true turning point in the international stature of the Seattle music scene.” This was two years before Nirvana’s explosive success in the fall of 1991 with the release of its major label debut, “Nevermind.”

Pavitt’s photos first appeared in “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe 1989,” a self-published e-book that came out last year. The book was then picked up by Brooklyn-based publisher Bazillion Points, which is reissuing it in physical form this month.

Pavitt will read from the book and sign copies at a release party Saturday at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in Georgetown. Seattle photographer Charles Peterson will D.J., and prints of Pavitt’s photos will be auctioned, the proceeds benefiting Seattle’s all-ages club The VERA Project.

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