Nirvana's 'Nevermind,' Twenty Years Later

Monday, September 19, 2011

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For those who came of age in the 1990s it may be hard to believe, but Nirvana’s "Nevermind" album turns twenty years old this week. Considered groundbreaking by some and over-hyped by others, the album is still often played and discussed two decades later.

Two music writers share their opinions of this seminal album. Ben Ratliff is a music critic for our partner, The New York Times, reassessed "Nevermind" in last week’s NYT POPcastSteve Kandell editor-in-chief at Spin Magazine, saw Nirvana play in the 90s, interviewed Dave Grohl, and put together last month’s Nirvana tribute edition of Spin.


Steve Kandell and Ben Ratliff

Produced by:

Ben Brock Johnson and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Maria from Brooklyn

The juxtaposition of truly awful circa '91 pop music against "Teen Spirit" in this piece makes it sound as if nothing forward-looking or cutting-edge was happening musically before Nirvana. This is completely untrue. As a native Seattleite, old enough to remember Cobain and his predecessors, I see Nirvana not as instigators and originators, but as benefactors of a truly rich alternative music scene that was thriving in the Pacific NW in the 80's. (Nirvana covers even include a couple of songs by the Portland band, The Wipers.) Also, Nirvana was not the originator of what came to be called "Grunge," but one of a number of bands who were playing in this genre, contemporaneously. I see Nirvana not as a vanguard but as the culmination of a musical movement that began with NW post-punk and neo-psychedelia.

Sep. 19 2011 11:10 AM

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