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Nirvana artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Interviews & Profiles

Nirvana in 1993 (from left): Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl.

September 10, 2013 Nirvana's two surviving members recall their time recording what would be the band's last album.

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Bryan Funck of Thou performs at the Black Cat.

September 22, 2011 Thou vocalist Bryan Funck says the song is about "being completely crushed and obliterated."

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Nirvana (from left): Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist  Novoselic.

September 22, 2011 Vig looks back on a band eager to work and an artist struggling with his success.

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Damien Jurado.

September 21, 2011 Not even mixtapes from Kurt Cobain prepared Jurado for his disappointment in the "year punk broke."

David Bazan as Pedro the Lion circa 2000.

September 20, 2011 Bazan calls the Nevermind song "hymn-like" in thinking about his own live cover version from 2000.

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April 5, 2009 Joplin, Hendrix, Cobain: Author Eric Segalstad looks at rockers who died young in The 27s.

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July 23, 2008 Now a teenager, Spencer Elden is trying to make sense of life beyond Nevermind.

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Kurt Cobain

June 28, 2010 Author Karan Mahajan says these funny, self-aware writings are more than a pacifier for weepy fans.

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June 5, 2008 Jazz, rock, hip-hop, and grunge have defined past generations. What's the sound of Generation Y?

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June 22, 2006 Members of Omaha's playful tap-dance pop band Tilly and the Wall talk about their latest CD, Bot...

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December 8, 2004 Inventive fingerstyle guitarist, Kaki King; The remarkable dexterity of Adrian Legg; The return ...

News

Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana in 1993.

April 5, 2014 Kurt Cobain's music, and tributes to it, has been a steady presence since his death 20 years ago.

Novoselic and Cobain perform at the University of Washington HUB Ballroom in February 1989.

April 16, 2011 The band behind Nevermind didn't just bring punk to the masses. It also put Seattle on the map.

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April 5, 2009 Nirvana's 1991 rock classic defined grunge music for a generation of fans. Hear a tribute.

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April 5, 2005 The Library of Congress officially recognizes Nirvana and Public Enemy.

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Reviews

Kurt Cobain performing at the Reading Festival in 1992

November 10, 2009 A polished-up bootleg, now on DVD, reveals Nirvana's true greatness and the joy of sonic mayhem.

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More Stories

Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana at a taping of the television program 'MTV Unplugged' in New York City, Novemeber 18, 1993.

May 15, 2000 Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" announced the dominance of grunge over the music of the time.

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Pearl Jam (top left), Missy Elliott (top right), the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind (bottom right), PJ Harvey (bottom left), Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel (center).

July 9, 2013 This week, All Songs Considered examines the music of the '90s at its best, worst and weirdest.

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July 21, 2008 BPP web editor celebrates denial with Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.'

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Noah Lennox, better known as Panda Bear, spun a playlist heavy with friends and contemporaries on this week's show.

March 29, 2011 Panda Bear spins some of his contemporary favorites, and previews cuts from his upcoming Tomboy.

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Nirvana's Kurt Cobain (right), pictured with Flea, wears a Daniel Johnston T-shirt at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

September 19, 2011 Cobain's record and T-shirt collections were a way to discover little-heard music in the '90s.

Kurt Cobain performs on MTV's Unplugged in 1993.

September 19, 2011 Sometimes a song just gets inside you. A chord, a beat or a howl finds a root and digs deep.

Amy Winehouse.

July 23, 2011 Yet another talented, troubled musician just happened to die at 27. What is it about that age?

Nevermind cover

July 18, 2011 Hear the band cover "On a Plain" on Newermind, Spin magazine's track-by-track tribute to Nevermind.

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