Even if you are not a fan of Nirvana, you will be aware of how their story ended- band gets huge, singer doesn’t like that, has mad wife, shoots himself (or did he?!!), becomes a saint like figure for teenage music fans for generations to come etc, etc…
However, back in 1991 when Nirvana started to break I, like many others, was still walking around under a couple of feet of ozone killing hair and eyeliner and my initial thoughts were more like “Smells Like Deep Shit” than Teen Spirit- how wrong I was. The band’s rise to superstardom and ensuing implosion were nothing short of phenomenal and one person who had witnessed this, and championed the band, was Seattle journalist Gillian G Gaar. Her new book “Entertain Us- The Rise of Nirvana” is a detailed account of the band from its inception rather than just the “glory years”.
The word detailed probably doesn’t do justice to the book however as Gaar has gone deep here. With pages of rare photo’s, archive material and interviews with the likes of bassist Kris Novoselic, producers Jack Endino and Butch Vig, and drummer Chad Channing- who, to be fair, is the Pete Best of Nirvana, Gaar has not only told the story of the band here, she has made you think about the peripheral stuff like influences, what else was going on around Nirvana and ultimately the inter-band relationships.
“Entertain Us- The Rise of Nirvana” is well thought out, well written and bound to be THE book for Nirvana fans for the next few years.
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12:00-13:00 MAD MAX Stormchild Rising (SPV)
14:00-16:00 MARY COUGHLAN Life Stories (2020)
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SOUTH OF SALEM Cold Day In Hell (indie)
BLACK LESION Sins (indie)
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BLACK SUN Resist (Rockshot Records)
THE JAILBIRDS Dull My Brain (Golden Robot Records)
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