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It doesn’t matter if you never liked the volcanic drums of Dave Grohl and the way he threw his hair around behind the set. It makes no difference if you weren’t impressed when Kurt Cobain smashed his guitar on stage.
Nirvana was a band that gave a generation a voice, turning up the volume to transform apathy into aggressive enthusiasm. Together with bassist Krist Novoselic, Cobain and Grohl cut a wide swath across Seattle in the early 90s before their sound was heard around the world.
Shooting off like a bottle rocket that lit the whole neighborhood on fire, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the single that paved the way for the band’s success. As the enigmatic front man, Cobain became – and remains – an iconic figure for the alternative rock scene. As a tribute to his legacy, Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington unveiled a statue of his signature Fender Jag-Stang guitar last week, 17 years after his death.
And while some devoted fans might make a pilgrimage to Cobain’s hometown at the base of the Olympic peninsula, it is more likely that fans will arrive this spring in Seattle as the Experience Music Project unveils the most extensive exhibition of that city’s grunge giants. Cobain and Nirvana might not have ever been your cup of tea, but the band’s massive influence on music is legendary.
Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses begins April 16, so dig that favorite flannel out of the closet and experience an intimate look at the biggest thing to come out of Seattle’s music since Jimi Hendrix.
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