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Nevermind at 25: how Nirvana's 1991 album changed the cultural landscape
There was a strange buzz going around school at the start of my last academic year in 1991. It was early September, and musical war stories from the summer were being traded. Some of us told of seeing AC/DC's thunderous mega-show at Donington racetrack; or of witnessing Guns 'n' Roses' bombastic pyrotechnics at Wembley Stadium.

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Nirvana

Nirvana

Nirvana was a band from Seattle. The 1991 Reading Festival spoke with awe about the band who played a no-frills set early on the Friday afternoon.

Within weeks they released one of the mo...

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The cultural landscape

  • Musically, Nirvana popularized a sound and a DIY aesthetic.
  • Culturally, Nirvana removed the distinction between the underground and mainstream and marked the end to th...

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The road to fame

  • Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, all in their early-to-mid 20s, had left independent label Sub Pop and signed to DGC Records, a subsidiary of major label Geffen Records.

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Nevermind’s success

Nevermind’s success

The success of Nevermind album can be partly attributed to Geffen's money and MTV patronage.

"Nevermind" also tapped into a new, less showy way of doing things. People, it seemed, were tired...

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Changing the music industry

"Nevermind" is an era-defining album with a timeless appeal.

  • Nevermind spent 302 weeks in the UK to 100.
  • It was number five in 2011 following a 20th-anniversary re-i...

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The grunge look

The grunge look

The look that changed fashion:

  • In 2014, Vogue called Cobain "one of the most influential style icons of our time. His thrift-store look is still everywhere today.
  • Ni...

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Is the way of thinking in which you consider the opposite of what you want.

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