A Brief History of Nirvana

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A brief documentary about Nirvana. Produced and written by Matt Beat.

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In 2014, Nirvana joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Rolling Stone magazine put them at number 30 on their most recent 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

Despite being together less than eight years and releasing just three studio albums, Nirvana is often considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Their dynamic contrasts, changes in tempo within the same song, heavy yet strangely catchy choruses, unconventional song structures, and perfect blend of punk, metal, hard rock, and college rock, became ridiculously influential. Their sound, often called “grunge” and often associated with what’s known as The Seattle Sound, defined a generation, Generation X as sociologists call it. Nirvana almost single-handedly turned modern rock into a very profitable genre for the rest of the 1990s, as record labels threw lots of cash at bands that otherwise would have been ignored. I mean, I’m pretty sure a band called Butthole Surfers wouldn’t be signed by Capitol Records if it weren’t for Nirvana. Today, you can’t bring up grunge, Seattle, and Generation X without talking about Nirvana. I take that back. You can’t bring up MUSIC without talking about Nirvana.

The first time I Iearned about Nirvana was after I heard that Kurt Cobain had committed suicide. I was in 6th grade, and I remember being surprised at how much of an effect this man had on so many young people around the world. I immediately bought as many Nirvana cassette tapes I could afford. One of the first websites I ever went to on my friend’s extremely slow dial up internet was Nirvana’s website, which is still active to this day. Anyway, yeah, one of my favorite bands who had a great effect on me. Which band should I do next? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for watching this whole thing.



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