To accompany our Gillian G. Gaar-narrated tour of
the Experience Music Project Nirvana: Taking Punk To The
Masses retrospective exhibit,
we present selected images of several key display artifacts. (Photos courtesy of EMP/SFM except where noted; may only be reproduced for press purposes.)
Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, and Krist Novoselic boarding an airplane Australia,
circa February 10, 1992. Courtesy of Shelli Hyrkas.
Sign at Experience Music Project (photo by Gillian G. Gaar)
Taking Punk to the Masses Book
The Official Nirvana Chocolate bar
Given to attendees at
exhibit opening. Milk it: No, it’s 70% dark organic and fair trade chocolate!
A New American Gothic
by Kurt Cobain, circa 1984.
Nirvana lyrics by Kurt
Cobain, circa 1988
The majority of the songs listed here were recorded during Nirvana’s initial recording session on January 23, 1988, at
Reciprocal Recording in Seattle
with producer Jack Endino. Many of these would be reworked further and appear
on the band’s debut in 1989.
1991 Black Fender
Stratocaster electric guitar
Smashed by Kurt Cobain during the recording of “Endless Nameless” during the
Nevermind sessions, May/June 1991.
Nirvana’s first demo recording, 1988
Jack Endino made this copy of Nirvana’s
first demo tape and gave it to his bandmate, Skin Yard bassist and C/Z Records
owner Daniel House.
Univox Hi-Flyer Guitar
Smashed by Kurt Cobain at the Evergreen State College, Dorm K208, Olympia, WA,
October 30, 1988. This is the first guitar that Cobain demolished on stage.
Sweater (1) (photo by Gillian G. Gaar)
Worn by Kurt Cobain in the video for “Smells
Like Teen Spirit” August 18, 1991.
Kurt Cobain at the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video shoot
Los Angeles, CA, August 18, 1991.