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April 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney among Northwest artists featured on Record Store Day

The first Record Store Day of the year is set for this Saturday, April 19, when record shops across the country will carry limited edition vinyl releases as a means of luring customers into their stores. And there’s a nice selection of rarities from Pacific Northwest artists this time around:

Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain's death.

Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain’s death.

Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea,” 7-inch single (DGC/UMe) “Pennyroyal Tea” was set to be the third single release from Nirvana’s “In Utero” album. It was cancelled after Kurt Cobain’s death, not least because the single’s B-side was “I Hate Myself and Want to Die.” The Record Store Day reissue utilizes the original artwork planned for the single.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: David Lynch, Jack Endino, Mudhoney

April 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Cartoonist Ward Sutton revisits Nirvana

Nirvana will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10, in a ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y. In anticipation, The Seattle Times asked artist Ward Sutton to draw a tribute to the band. Sutton, a New York-based cartoonist, illustrator and rock-poster artist, lived in Seattle in the band’s heyday in…


0 Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Nirvana, Nirvana cartoon, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

April 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Chat with the world’s foremost Nirvana expert

Nirvana, the rock band that put Seattle on the rock map, will be inducted April 10 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Coincidentally, the induction comes just five days after the 20th anniversary of the day Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain committed suicide. What are your thoughts about Nirvana and its legacy? Many readers…


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March 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

What does Nirvana mean to you? Share your memories with us

(Photo by Chris Cuffaro / AP)

(Photo by Chris Cuffaro / AP)

With the 20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death on April 5, and the induction of Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following Thursday, April 10, we reached out to acquaintances of the band, cultural figures and fellow musicians to get their personal impressions of Nirvana and their legacy.

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton remembers Cobain’s “striking blue eyes.” Photographer Alice Wheeler recalls seeing the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video for the first time. Graphic designer Art Chantry tells the story of hearing “Nevermind” before it came out. Rapper Black Cobain told us about listening to Nirvana in a childhood neighborhood dominated by hip hop. And local musician Michael Benjamin Lerner, of Telekinesis, explains what it’s like to cover “On a Plain.” (Read the whole article here.)

Their accounts, and others, will be published Sunday, March 30, both in print and online. We want to know your recollections, impressions and stories about what Nirvana meant to you. About what you remember most vividly. Submit using the form below (email addresses are not published), and we’ll collect the responses and run them online this week.


0 Comments | Topics: Kurt Cobain, Nevermind, Nirvana

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.


0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Bruce Pavitt, Charles Peterson, Charles R. Cross

February 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Aberdeen’s first Kurt Cobain Day to be held next week

Aberdeen is finally getting ready to honor its native son.

Aberdeen added "Come As You Are," the title of a Nirvana song, to the city's "Welcome" sign in 2005. On February 20, the city will celebrate the first "Kurt Cobain Day" (Gillian G. Gaar)

Aberdeen added “Come As You Are,” the title of a Nirvana song, to the city’s “Welcome” sign in 2005. On February 20, the city will celebrate the first “Kurt Cobain Day.” (Gillian G. Gaar)

This past Wednesday, the city’s mayor, Bill Simpson, proclaimed Thursday, February 20, as Kurt Cobain Day, “in recognition of his artistic achievements,” in the words of the official proclamation. “Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.”

It would have been Cobain’s 47th birthday. Nirvana’s lead singer and creative force committed suicide at his Seattle home on April 5, 1994.


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December 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Nirvana chosen for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame



The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Monday that Seattle rock band Nirvana is one of seven 2014 inductees.

Nirvana is the fourth Seattle-related musical act to earn popular music’s highest honor, following Jimi Hendrix, the Ventures and Heart.  Heart was inducted earlier this year in Los Angeles.

In a press release, Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic said, “This is a great honor. Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who’s kept Rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.”


0 Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Nirvana, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

December 15, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Stumped for a gift for music lovers? Ideas, from Elvis to Ella

LeeazlewoodLITA109_DeluxeEdition0(henry)Though more than 50 percent of music sales are digital now, record companies still happily comply every year with our keen holiday desire to rip open packages full of actual, tactile recordings under the tree — especially box sets. And while some smarty-pants once wrote that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, if it was really as oxymoronic a task as all that, The Seattle Times wouldn’t be cluttered with good music books. Our critics, who are still working on that dancing thing, offer some music book gift ideas below, as well as suggestions for box sets (listed in order of price, from high to low).


0 Comments | More in Country, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop, The Bonus Track | Topics: Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix

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