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31 Rarely-Seen Nirvana Photos and Videos In Memoriam of Kurt Cobain’s Death


April 5th marks the 18th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain, arguably the biggest loss today’s generation of musicians has faced. Not only was he the leading influence behind Nirvana (the sound of grunge music), he effectively ended the era of 80’s rock and Guns and Roses. Since his death, there have been tons of documentaries, books, and tributes devoted to Kurt, many of which come from his surviving widow and mother of his child, Courtney Love. Yet despite the all the coverage his death has gotten, there are still a few photo gems not many people have seen. Here they are.

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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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