31 Rarely-Seen Nirvana Photos and Videos


Today, on my way to the COED offices in Chelsea, I walked by this street poster announcing the November 3rd re-release of Nirvana’s 1989 debut album, Bleach. We’ve all seen Nirvana’s iconic “Unplugged” performance, read all the stories about the bands quick rise and fall with the death of 27 year-old front man, Kurt Cobain. So to celebrate this awesome re-release we want to give you something a little different. 

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Early Show At Krist Novoselic‘s Mom’s house

One of the earliest videos of the band. Kurt was a little shy to sing to all three fans in attendance so he sung to the wall for most of the video.

Negative Creep at Rhino Records

On June 23, 1989, a 22-year-old Kurt Cobain and three members of this early version of Nirvana performed a showcase at Rhino Records to support their album “Bleach” that was released eight days before.

First Live Performance Of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” was first performed live on April 17, 1991 at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington – this is the video fromt hat performance. As you’ll hear the lyrics of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” were changed up a bit before it was recorded a month later at Sound City in Van Nuys, California.

Pre-Show Jam Session

This video was captured on September 11, 1992 during the sound check leading up to the Washington Music Industry Coalition Benefit at Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, WA.

Love Buzz In Rio

The height of their career the band went to Brazil and played for 10’s of thousands at Hollywood Rock in Rio ’93. Some of the pictures from the Rio trip can be see in the photo set.

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    1. Alex says:

      It's so sad. Doctors couldn't heal his ulser which he got from stress as an adolescent and it got worse up to his death.

      Heroine which numbs you was all he could use and he hated it. Once he had his daughter he tried to stop and go through rehab but that didn't work. He didn't want his daughter to have a druggy dad and grow up to be a drug addict instead. So he made the only sober choice he could and kill himself.

      I think if Courtney didn't come into his life and Francis being born he'd be alive today still. And doctors would have cured him.

      But just like John Lennon we have learned that our people are too cruel to deserve such angels to live among us.

      Humanity is forever cursed.

    2. rip kurt says:

      What a tremendous unfortunate waste.

    3. Goatboy says:

      I heard Kurt Kobain was a chipper happy dude… never did listen to any of his music.

    4. kid4ever says:

      That was unbelievable!! The above post was right on…in that if he never met Courtney he'd be alive….Its kinda hard to murder someone you don't know.

    5. kolb says:

      I would not say that if he didnt meet courtny who would be alive cause the man had a wicked heroin habbit which he did take to stop his pain but still the amount of ron he would do its wild he didn't die earlier.

      I have barrets esauphagus and an ulcer plus low displasia which is the begining of somthing bad the c word, ive had it since i was a kid and not much would sooth it, drugs did would help but not long term. I felt bad for kurt even though i was going through the same thing cause it seemed to help drag him down. When i met kurt i was not a huge fan of the music well it wasn't a hit yet, im not gonna delve into anymore on my little time with kurt but i will say ive become kind of obessed with him in my later life and wish i could of known him more. I dont normally respound to any post of kurt but a pic of him on here was around the time i met him.

      Love to all the kurt and nirvana fans and those who only want to talk crap grow up.

    6. James alter says:

      This is something that cannot be forget ted so easily.

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