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Nirvana

The Complete Illustrated History

Nirvana The Complete Illustrated History
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Author:

Gillian Gaar

Author:

Bob Gendron

Author:

Mark Yarm

Author:

Todd Martens

Contribution by:

Andrew Earles

Contribution by:

Greg Kot

Contribution by:

Jim DeRogatis

Contribution by:

Alan di Perna

Format: Hardcover, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780760345214
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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Illustrations: 335 color & 65 b/w photos
Size: 9.5 x 11.125
Weight: 0.19 lb.
Published: Nov. 15, 2013
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Nirvana formed in 1987, released their first LP in 1989, and unintentionally tore the music world asunder two years later with the video and single for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." At the time, MTV and rock 'n' roll in general were largely dominated by vapid hair metal acts. Nirvana, with their thrift-store clothes and pawnshop guitars, represented a much-needed return to punk-inspired rock and at the same time validated the indie rock scene that had failed to breach the mainstream in the previous decade. A meteoric rise followed, attended by all of the predictable professional and personal pitfalls. Two and half years after the release of "Teen Spirit," leader Kurt Cobain, age 27, killed himself and the ride was over. Today, Nirvana and Cobain transcend generations, not unlike Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and other artists who met premature ends. The band's story and music fascinate kids whose parents were among Nirvana's early fans. Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of their final LP, Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History is the first to treat fans to a stylishly designed illustrated biography of the band. Performance and off-stage photography, handbills, singles, backstage passes, gig posters, and other memorabilia complement a narrative detailing the band's tumultuous history, as well as sidebar album reviews, gear breakdowns, and mini synopses of Cobain's 50 all-time favorite albums. Nirvana's ride was a wild one--and all too brief. Here, finally, is the book that breaks that history down and presents it from an objective perspective.

Bob Gendron (Chicago, IL) is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune and Down Beat.

Gillian G. Gaar has written nine books about rock 'n' roll acts, including Nirvana, Elvis, and Green Day, as well as She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Alan di Perna is a freelance journalist, a frequent contributor to Guitar World magazine, and the Author of Green Day: The Ultimate Unauthorized History (Voyageur Press). He lives in Arizona.

Mark Yarm is the author of Everybody Loves Our Town: The Oral History of Grunge.

Jim DeRogatis is the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, co-host of Sound Opinions, and the author of several books about music and culture, including Velvet Underground (Voyageur Press) and Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs.

Andrew Earles is a writer and humorist based in Memphis, Tennessee. His work has appeared in several media outlets, including Spin, The Onion, Pitchfork, McSweeney’s, Harp, Paste, Magnet, and Alternative Press. Andrew lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Todd Martens (Los Angeles, CA) is the pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times.

Charles Cross (Shoreline, WA) is a music journalist and the author of several acclaimed biographies, including Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain and Cobain Unseen.

Greg Kot has been the Chicago Tribune's rock music critic since 1990. He co-hosts the nationally syndicated rock 'n' roll talk show Sound Opinions (soundopinions.org) on public radio and is the author of Wilco: Learning How to Die and Ripped: The Digital Music Revolution. Jim DeRogatis is the former pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, co-host of Sound Opinions, and the author of several books about music and culture, including Velvet Underground (Voyageur Press) and Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs.

"a feast for fan's eyes" - Spin.com

"A gorgeous book brimming with photos, concert fliers, posters and the full story of the band, Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History will make you feel like you were there, even if you weren't." - Campus Circle

"But in this crowded field, Voyageur Press' Nirvana: The Illustrated History stands out. Collecting newly penned chapters from Cross, Gillian G. Gaar, and Mark Yarm, among other contributors, the book emphasizes the visual ephemera of Nirvana's career: photographs, concert posters, ticket stubs, t-shirts, infant onesies, even a casting call for the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'" - Pitchfork.com

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