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Nirvana News

Krist Novoselic on Nirvana's future: 'Maybe we can even do some new music one day'

However, Dave Grohl does not sound quite so keen

  • Apr 17, 2014

Nirvana approached handful of male rock stars and PJ Harvey for Hall Of Fame reunion

Dave Grohl suspects they were turned down 'because of how heavy the whole thing is'

  • Apr 17, 2014

Krist Novoselic says female-fronted Nirvana shows 'conjured spirit of the band'

Band were joined by St. Vincent, Lorde, Joan Jett and Kim Gordon for two performances last week (April 10)

  • Apr 14, 2014

Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech - read in full

The band were inducted at the ceremony by R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe

  • Apr 11, 2014

J Mascis, St Vincent and more join Nirvana for tiny Brooklyn show

Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Deer Tick's John McCauley also played with the band last night (April 10)

  • Apr 11, 2014

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Nirvana Music Videos

In Bloom Play Video

In Bloom

Watch the official In Bloom video by Nirvana in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Smells Like Teen Spirit Play Video

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Watch the official Smells Like Teen Spirit video by Nirvana in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Come As You Are Play Video

Come As You Are

Watch the official Come As You Are video by Nirvana in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Polly (Live at Reading) Play Video

Polly (Live at Reading)

Polly (Live at Reading) official music video performed by Nirvana.

Lounge Act (Live at Reading) Play Video

Lounge Act (Live at Reading)

Watch the official Lounge Act (Live at Reading) video by Nirvana in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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Nirvana Reviews

DVD Special

DVD Special

Nirvana: Unplugged In New York

  • Nov 23, 2007

Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! Vs Foo Fighters: Live In Hyde Park/Skin And Bones

Kurt and Dave go head-to-head in the battle for your Christmas cash

  • Jan 5, 2007

Nirvana: Sliver: The Best of the Box

Scraping the ground where the barrel used to be

  • Nov 25, 2005

Nirvana : With The Lights Out

Ten years after Kurt Cobain’s suicide, the Nirvana box-set finally gets released – and though not much is new, it’s a chance to revisit the band that changed rock music forever

  • Dec 10, 2004

Nirvana : Nirvana

Sure, it's not closure, but nor should it be

  • Nov 24, 2004

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Nirvana Biography

Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era.

In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album Bleach for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first single from the band's second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana's sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band's frontman Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana being considered the "flagship band" of Generation X. Nirvana's third and final studio album, In Utero (1993), featured an abrasive, less-mainstream sound and challenged the group's audience. The album did not match the sales figures of Nevermind but was still a critical and commercial success. Nirvana's brief run ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain's widow Courtney Love.

Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists in history. Four of their albums, two studio and two live, have reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. In the years since the band's breakup, Nirvana has been ranked highly on several lists by various publications as one of the greatest artists of all time. Rolling Stone described Nirvana's influence as having "kicked in" the 1990s as a musical era, adding that their music "guaranteed the nineties would not suck," and claimed that the band "transformed rock for a generation." According to the magazine, "few bands in rock history have had a more immediate and tangible impact on their contemporary pop musical landscape than Nirvana did in the early Nineties."

Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, the band's first year of eligibility; the museum's biography of the band states that Nirvana "start[ed] a rock revolution" and "remain an enduring influence and challenge", before declaring them "proof that the right band with the right noise can change the world."

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