“He had the desperation, not the courage, to be himself. Once you do that you can’t go wrong, because you can’t make any mistakes when when people love you for being yourself. But for Kurt, it didn’t matter that other people loved him; he simply didn’t love himself enough.”
—Dave Reed, one-time foster father.
That expression. DAMMIT DON’T CRY
Speaking as a Nirvanaologist, allow me to introduce this clip:
Nirvana was signed to Sub Pop, but felt they’d promoted Bleach poorly and wanted off the label, so DGC (subsidiary of Geffen, now part of Universal) bought out their contract for the release of Nevermind. “In Bloom” was the last single off the album in 1992, with the 60s-variety-show video we all know and love, but because it was an old track that had been around during the Bleach days, there’s also this awesome “Check out these filters!!” version with the band chilling at South Street Seaport, like no one ever does.
The Oral History Of Nirvana’s Nevermind
(A Brief Tease, Anyway)
Possibly our favorite thing in the new June 2011 issue of GQ is the oral history of the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind, by Nate Penn and a fleet of reporters, who interviewed dozens of people (including Courtney Love, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kim Gordon, Chris Cornell, and more) ahead of the album’s 20th anniversary to assemble the definitive history of its recording. The oral history is only available in the print edition and our new iPad version, but over at GQ.com we’ve assembled a slideshow of amazing photography of the band circa 1991. And below, here are a couple choice quotes from the oral history:
“About a week before I went to L.A. to begin recording Nevermind, I got a cassette in the mail. The first thing on the cassette was “Hey, Butch!” It was Kurt speaking on a boom box: “We got a new drummer, his name’s Dave Grohl, he’s the best drummer in the world!”—Butch Vig, producer, Nevermind
“Kurt was a leader, he was strong, in fact he was well fucking hung, if you really want to know.”—Courtney Love, singer, Hole; widow of Kurt Cobain
Reblogging ‘coz of the pic.