Entertain Us: The rise of Nirvana

Entertain Us: The rise of Nirvana

by Gillian G. Gaar


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Nirvana are one of the most influential bands in rock history, and even now, nearly 20 years after Kurt Cobain's death, the reverence in which they are held is undiminished. Books have been written about Nirvana before, but they tend to concentrate on the band's superstar period and Kurt Cobain's demise, while skating over the early years. In Entertain Us, Gillian Gaar redresses the balance by examining in forensic detail the band's rise to fame, and their first album, Bleach. Seattle native Gaar was one of the first journalists to write about Nirvana, and covered the band's career closely, offering her a unique perspective to write this book. Drawing on extensive interviews with the key characters in the story, including bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Chad Channing, and producers Jack Endino and Butch Vig, the book charts the band's formation and early years as well as their role at the center of the grunge gold rush. By critiquing every song the band recorded in this period, tracing influences and unpicking complex relationships between band members, associates and record labels, Gaar gets to the heart of a compelling story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906002893
Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gillian G. Gaar has written for numerous publications, including MojoRolling Stone, and Goldmine. Her previous books include She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & RollEntertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana,Return of the King: Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback, and The Doors: The Complete Illustrated History, and Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — The Illustrated History. She lives in Seattle.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Here We Are Now 17

Chapter 1 In The Pines 29

Chapter 2 First Steps 49

Chapter 3 Bright Lights, Big City 71

Chapter 4 Underground Attitude 93

Chapter 5 Happening Olympia Combo 110

Chapter 6 The Distant Roar 129

Chapter 7 Instinct And Reaction 147

Chapter 8 Lost In America 167

Chapter 9 A Matter 01r Will 184

Chapter 10 Innocents Abroad 200

Chapter 11 A Full Phenomenon 226

Chapter 12 On The Road Again 240

Chapter 13 The Turning Point 259

Chapter 14 True Hardcore Drummer 276

Chapter 15 The Crest of The Wave 293

Chapter 16 Nirvana in its Afterlife 318

Endnotes 353

Bibliography 368

Selected Discography 370

Selected Live Performances 1984-90 371

Index 375

Acknowledgements 382

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