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Nirvana was an American rock band that was 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 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 commercial success and critically acclaimed.

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. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility, in 2014.

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Original Nirvana drummer Chad Channing says he would be up for a band reunion

Original Nirvana drummer Chad Channing says he would be up for a band reunion

Sticksman also says he is "fine" about not being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with his former bandmates

  • Jul 30, 2014

Courtney Love says production on Kurt Cobain biopic will begin in 'next 12 months'

Lead role in forthcoming film has yet to be cast

  • Jul 23, 2014

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic backs Eddie Vedder

Novoselic writes lengthy message of support to Pearl Jam singer

  • Jul 21, 2014

Fan discovers that Kurt Cobain's guitar was 'owned by Cliff Richard's bandmate'

Nirvana's Krist Novoselic has commented on the Fender Jaguar discovery

  • Jul 14, 2014

Courtney Love claims Kurt Cobain was 'desperate' to be biggest rock star in the world

Comments made in new TV series 'The '90s: The Last Great Decade'

  • Jun 24, 2014

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Polly (Live at Reading)

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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 : Nirvana

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

  • Sep 12, 2005

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