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Nirvana band members Krist Novoselic (left) and Kurt Cobain performing at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.
Background information
Origin Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Genres Alternative rock, grunge
Years active 1987–1994
Labels Sub Pop, DGC
Associated acts Fecal Matter, Foo Fighters
Members Kurt Cobain
Krist Novoselic
Dave Grohl
Past members Aaron Burckhard
Dale Crover
Dave Foster
Chad Channing
Jason Everman
Dan Peters

Nirvana was an American alternative rock band. They were one of the most successful and influential bands of that time. Since they formed, they have sold over 75 million records all over the world. They played a style of rock music known as grunge, which was highly influenced by 1980s alternative rock, 1970s punk, and heavy metal. Grunge became more commercially successful than the previous punk rock, as promoted to the world by Sub Pop Records. Nirvana greatly affected the style of other grunge bands such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. They split up after their lead singer Kurt Cobain died in 1994. On April 10, 2014, Nirvana received a star in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Nirvana started in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987 when singer Kurt Cobain and the bassist Krist Novoselic met and decided to form a band. The band had 5 different drummers until they found Dave Grohl. They released their first studio album, Bleach, in 1989, with Chad Channing playing drums.

Their second album, Nevermind, released in 1991, was a massive success. Many people bought it, and it had the top spot on many music charts. It featured the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" which was also a very big hit. In February 1992 Kurt married rock singer Courtney Love.

Cobain was found dead in his home on April 8, 1994 by an electrician.

Nirvana has released more compilation albums than regular, or studio, albums.

After the band

After Nirvana broke up, Dave Grohl started a new band called Foo Fighters. Krist Novoselic became interested in politics and also kept making music. He was the bassist for Flipper, which Kurt Cobain was a fan of, but recently left the band.


Studio albums

  • Bleach (1989)
  • Nevermind (1991)
  • In Utero (1993)

Other albums

  • Incesticide (1992)
  • MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
  • From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
  • Nirvana (2002)
  • With the Lights Out (2004)
  • Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
  • Live At Reading (2009)

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See also

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