As the end of the ‘80s gave way to the early ‘90s, rock ‘n’ roll needed a kick in the ass. Nirvana was just the band to do it. Blasting out of Seattle as part of the alternative-rock movement that drove the early part of the decade, Nirvana combined a punk-rock ethos with classic-rock riffs. In frontman Kurt Cobain, the band had a troubled but passionate singer and songwriter who helped give voice to his disassociated generation. The band’s 1991 album ‘Nevermind’ helped jumpstart a rock ‘n’ roll revolution, and its opening track, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ became an indie-rock anthem. But Cobain was uncomfortable with the spotlight and turned away from it on ‘Nevermind’’s abrasive follow-up, ‘In Utero.’ On April 5, 1994, at the age of 27, Cobain killed himself, effectively ending the greatest band of the ‘90s.
30 Years Ago: Nirvana Perform on 'SNL' as 'Nevermind' Hits No. 1
Band supplanted Michael Jackson at the top of the chart, officially bringing grunge mainstream.
Nirvana Call 'Nevermind' Child Pornography Lawsuit 'Not Serious'
Band also claims statute of limitations has expired.
New ‘The Batman’ Movie Inspired by Kurt Cobain
Matt Reeves modeled Robert Pattinson’s version of superhero after the Nirvana frontman.
Why Nirvana Self-Sabotaged Their Performance on 'Top of the Pops'
Telling the band to fake it was a bad idea.
Nirvana, 'Nevermind (30th Anniversary Edition)': Album Review
Unfortunately, this doesn't add much to their towering mythology.
Dave Grohl Recalls Impact of False Kurt Cobain Death Report
Mistake left Nirvana drummer unable to process singer’s passing a month later.
Watch Dave Grohl Play Nirvana and Foo Fighters Hits at Book Event
He's promoting new memoir, 'The Storyteller,' with series of speaking events.
Dave Grohl Has ‘Many Ideas’ on How to Change ‘Nevermind’’s Cover
Baby model who posed for the iconic artwork 30 years ago recently sued to get it changed.
How Kurt Cobain Grew Into a 'Musical Genius': Exclusive Interview
"There's no telling what he would have done," Nirvana's former manager says, "but I'm so glad he did what he did."