Author(s): Charles Cross
Kurt Cobain and Nirvana unintentionally tore the music world asunder with their blockbuster second album Nevermind in 1991, seemingly coming out of nowhere with huge hits like "Smells Like Teen Spirit." A quarter century later, the music of this storied band sets your eardrums a-vibrating, a documentary about the band and Kurt Cobain's solo album demand another look at this band that emphatically rejected mainstream popular music and created Grunge. The band represented a much-needed return to punk-inspired rock. Two and a half years after the release of Nevermind, lead singer Kurt Cobain, age 27, killed himself and the brief, stratospheric ride was over. But for fans, the music and the spirit live on. This second edition of the first-ever complete illustrated history of Nirvana features the writing of adroit Grunge writers Andrew Earles, Charles R. Cross, Gillian G. Gaar, Bob Gendron, Todd Martens, Mark Yarm, Jim DeRogatis, Alan di Perna, and Greg Kot, amongst a visual feast. Performance and backstage photography, handbills, singles, tickets, gig posters, and other memorabilia complement the narrative.
"But in this crowded field, Voyageur Press' "Nirvana: The Illustrated History" stands out. Collecting newly penned chapters from Cross, Gillian G. Gaar, and Mark Yarm, among other contributors, the book emphasizes the visual ephemera of Nirvana's career: photographs, concert posters, ticket stubs, t-shirts, infant onesies, even a casting call for the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'"" - Pitchfork.com"""
Charles Cross is a music journalist and the author of several acclaimed biographies, includingRoom Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix and Cobain Unseen. He was editor of theRocket in Seattle for fifteen years during the height of the Seattle music scene. His 2001 biography of Kurt Cobain, titled Heavier Than Heaven, was awarded the 2002 ASCAP Award for Outstanding Biography.