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Experiencing Nirvana - Grunge In Europe 1989 (Bazillion Points)


Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, is a photo journal and a
grunge rock micro-history; an inside look into a crucial eight-day
period in the touring life of NIRVANA, and two other Seattle bands, as
seen through the eyes of BRUCE PAVITT, the co-founder of Sub Pop
Records, the Seattle label that first signed Nirvana in 1988. The
dramatic eight days covered in this book, from November 27 through
December 4, 1989, represented a turning point for Nirvana. In this brief
period, the young band went from breaking up in Rome to winning over
the influential British music press at Sub Pop’s LameFest UK showcase in
London, setting the stage for their looming leap in popularity. On
November 27, 1989, when Bruce Pavitt and his Sub Pop partner JONATHAN
PONEMAN arrived to meet Nirvana in Rome, the band was almost finished
with a grueling six week tour of Europe. Although determined to promote
their grungy, riff-heavy debut album, Bleach, Nirvana’s travels with
fellow Sub Pop act TAD had left them exhausted. Pavitt and Poneman did
their best to revive the spirits of a frustrated and downcast KURT
COBAIN. Despite a threatened leap from a 14-foot speaker tower, soon
followed by the theft of his passport and wallet, Cobain managed to
continue to London, where Nirvana played the biggest and most important
show of its career to date. Nirvana’s breakthrough night at the
2,000-capacity Astoria Theatre in London featured three Seattle Sub Pop
acts: Nirvana, Tad, and popular headliners MUDHONEY. Nirvana opened the
show, and their heart-pounding performance won over the crowd and
changed the band’s fate. The powerful London music press proclaimed that
Nirvana was “Sub Pop’s answer to the Beatles.” After that night, the
world’s attention began to focus on the band that would become the
biggest rock act of their generation. “Sub Pop didn’t have much to work
with. We knew Seattle was developing a distinctive brand of heavy,
soulful, grungy rock, but we weren’t sure who our next bands were going
to be. Then, everything unfolded. This is a Nirvana story with a joyful
ending”—Bruce Pavitt

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