Formation of the Nirvana group in previously unpublished photos
April 5 marks 23 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the band Nirvana. Kurt Cobain was not just a musician - he was a real prophet. He entered the notorious "Club 27" - a list of musicians who had a strong influence on the development of culture and who died in 27 years.
The group Nirvana, despite its rather short existence, took a very worthy place in the history of rock music. Today we have a selection of previously unpublished photos from the history of the group.
The book “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989” presents photos of Bruce Pavitt, co-founder of Sub Pop Records, taken during an eight-day tour with the group. The book has stunning photographs of Nirvana from the stage just a month after the release of their debut album Bleach, two years before the band entered the history of rock with their album Nevermind.
“I once looked at pictures with my friend and wanted to share them with the public,” Pavitt says.- And the more I looked at them, the more I realized that these were not just some pictures. Behind them lies the story and the story is impressive. This is the story of a young, rebellious artist who went beyond the framework of the system, struggled with difficulties and eventually succeeded in his work. ”
Kurt Cobain in the Piper Club, Rome, 1989.
From touring in Europe to the first performance in Seattle, it was then as far as the moon. Pavitt and his colleague Jonathan Poneman were the only visitors to that concert. “They didn't have a single viewer, the material was very weak, but Cobain had a terrific voice,” recalls Pavitt. “I could observe the growth of the group, with each month they were getting better.”
“Nirvana learned a lot from Mudhoney, which was the most popular band of the time in Seattle. They performed in her warm-up during a tour in Europe. Mudhoney was a very expressive group, Iggy Pop and The Stooges had a great influence on their work, ”says Pavitt.
Kurt Cobain and Jonathan Poneman.
“When I first saw Nirvana on the stage, Krist and Kurt constantly looked at their feet, there was no expression in them. But 2-3 months after their first performance, I visited their concert at the Vogue club in London, when Kurt rushed off the stage into a crowd of people and the crowd caught him. Usually Mark Arm of Mudhoney performed such tricks. ”
Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain and Ted Doyle in Zurich, November 30, 1989.
In the center of the book - the story of how Nirvana almost collapsed just a few days before the London concert, which played a significant role in the band's career. “When Cobain disbanded the group literally a couple of days before the LameFest show in London, we did everything we could to prevent this.”
Mark Arm of Mudhoney during LameFest, December 3, 1989.
Bruce Pavitt looks at Krista Novoselic, about to smash his guitar.
Mark Arm in London Astoria, December 3, 1989.
Ted Doyle at Astoria, December 3, 1989.
The crowd in the English club at the concert.
Kurt Cobain autographs at Rough Trade Records in London, December 4, 1989.
Kurt Cobain, 22, against the background of the Colosseum in Rome in 1989.
“Kurt had a nervous exhaustion after driving a van all over Europe for a month. He needed rest, so we left him in Rome, where he could recuperate. I think it was this break that allowed him to return with even more energy. During a show in Rome, he broke his guitar, microphone and sound system. He had a real nervous breakdown, but after we gave him a new guitar, he came back to life. ”