The year was 1991, and pouffed hair, simpering ballads and wholesome excess were the order of the day in rock. MTV's airwaves were choked with the likes of Poison, Motley Crue and Warrant, glam metal machines whose every song pulsated with explosive but empty guitar solos and girls, girls, girls hysteria Rock was a circus, a neon carnival filled with pomp and glitzy circumstance.
Then came Nirvana and its NEVERMIND album, and everything changed.
The Seattle-based band pulled the plug on all the glam neon and nonsense, restoring genuine passion, dignity and meaning to rock. As "Smells Like Teen Spirit," NEVERMIND's first single, raced up the charts, America embraced Nirvana lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain as its newest rock hero.
But Cobain wasn't the typical teen idol: his unkempt appearance, gruff voice and grinding, minimalistic guitar style were far removed from the perfectly coiffed pretty boys who dominated rock and roll in the Eighties. Cobain's popularity soared, as did the infectious "Teen Spirit," which quickly attained genuine anthem status. NEVERMIND, meanwhile, followed suit.
Nirvana's enormous success triggered the great Seattle revolution, as local bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains followed Cobain and company into the national spotlight. Suddenly, it seemed, every rocker lived in Seattle and played "grunge" music, with its grinding, detuned guitars, churning rhythms and serious, sometimes doomy subject matter.
From the moment the Seattle grunge scene exploded, GUITAR WORLD was there, covering the movement in great detail and interviewing the artists like Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell - who played key roles in the music's rise to prominence. NIRVANA AND THE GRUNGE REVOLUTION is the inside story of these and other bands that put Seattle on the rock music map, and a look at the life and shocking death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, the charismatic visionary who revitalized an entire generation with a unique blend of power chords, passion and rock and roll spirit.
200 pages, soft cover.
Published by Hal . Leonard
Size approximately 150mm x 230mm
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