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Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana

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(Book). Nirvana is one of the most influential bands in rock history, and even now, nearly 20 years after Kurt Cobain's death, the reverence in which they are held is undiminished. Books have been written about Nirvana before, but they tend to concentrate on the band's superstar period and Kurt Cobain's demise, while skating over the early years. In Entertain Us , Gillian Gaar redresses the balance by examining in forensic detail the band's rise to fame, and their first album, Bleach . Drawing on archive material and interviews with many key
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Overview

(Book). Nirvana is one of the most influential bands in rock history, and even now, nearly 20 years after Kurt Cobain's death, the reverence in which they are held is undiminished. Books have been written about Nirvana before, but they tend to concentrate on the band's superstar period and Kurt Cobain's demise, while skating over the early years. In Entertain Us , Gillian Gaar redresses the balance by examining in forensic detail the band's rise to fame, and their first album, Bleach . Drawing on archive material and interviews with many key people in the story, she traces Nirvana's formation, its early recordings and many personnel changes, and the arrival of Dave Grohl to complete the familiar three-piece line up. By critiquing every song the band recorded in this period, tracing influences and unpicking complex relationships between band members, associates and record labels, Gaar gets to the heart of a compelling story.
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Freely acknowledging that the story of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana has already been well-covered elsewhere, Gaar (Green Day: Rebels with a Cause) plumbs the depths to offer an exhaustive account of the early days of the kings of grunge. Though she covers the band's rise to stardom, her primary focus is on the details of the group's early recordings, shows, lineup changes, and tours. Casual listeners will likely tire of the quotidian minutiae Gaar obsessively chronicles—from the day certain members joined, to recording session details and the friends who drove the band to said sessions—, but hardcore fans will devour background trivia, like the story of the band's logo (designer Grant Alden was paid ) and Cobain's introduction to David Bowie and Leadbelly, two artists the band would later cover in their acoustic performance on MTV. But the real jewels are the many references to Nirvana's "With the Lights Out" box set, a collection of demos, rarities, and other recordings released in 2004 that Gaar worked on. The book works best as a companion piece to the compilation, providing fans with the backstory of various songs, performances, and clips that only get brief descriptions in the official set. Photos. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906002893
  • Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Here We Are Now 17

Chapter 1 In The Pines 29

Chapter 2 First Steps 49

Chapter 3 Bright Lights, Big City 71

Chapter 4 Underground Attitude 93

Chapter 5 Happening Olympia Combo 110

Chapter 6 The Distant Roar 129

Chapter 7 Instinct And Reaction 147

Chapter 8 Lost In America 167

Chapter 9 A Matter 01r Will 184

Chapter 10 Innocents Abroad 200

Chapter 11 A Full Phenomenon 226

Chapter 12 On The Road Again 240

Chapter 13 The Turning Point 259

Chapter 14 True Hardcore Drummer 276

Chapter 15 The Crest of The Wave 293

Chapter 16 Nirvana in its Afterlife 318

Endnotes 353

Bibliography 368

Selected Discography 370

Selected Live Performances 1984-90 371

Index 375

Acknowledgements 382

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