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NFC News Grohl to appear on Metal Christmas compilation
Former Nirvana drummer, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, is set to appear on a new collection called We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year, due out on October 14th.

Grohl collaborates with Motorhead founder Lemmy and ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons on a new version of Chuck Berry's Run Rudolph Run.

The CD also features members of Marilyn Manson, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, White Zombie, Korn, Judas Priest, Anthrax and many others.

More info here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-21-2008 @ 10:50 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Rare photos from early Amsterdam shows
Photographer Michael Leach has put up photos on his website from the two times he saw Nirvana live in Amsterdam. Check out the photos at this website.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-20-2008 @ 1:11 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Cobain inspires new park in Aberdeen, WA
From the Aberdeen Daily World:

"It may seem incongruous that an 'old geezer' like Tori Kovach (a description provided by his friend Denny Jackson) would build a park commemorating the Harbor's most famous native son, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. But even though he'd rather listen to Elvis, Kovach insists he and Cobain share common ground."

Read the full story here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-20-2008 @ 12:58 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News New book about Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon mentions Nirvana
A new book by journalist Greg Prato, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other, is the first book to tell the story of 90s rock band Blind Melon.

"Culled from over 50 exclusive interviews (including the surviving band members and those closest to the band) and featuring many never-before-seen photos, the book tells the story of the band who tragically lost their lead singer Shannon Hoon at 28."


There are quite a few references to Nirvana in the book, including Shannon Hoon's reaction to Kurt Cobain's death (Blind Melon played the David Letterman show the day Kurt's body was discovered - they dedicated the song "Change" to him, and Shannon put a question mark on his forehead, which there's a pic of in the book).

Also, the book deals with the arrival of Gary Gersh to Capitol Records (the same guy who signed Nirvana to Geffen), and also, the Blind Melon song "Soup" is discussed, in which readers will find out that part of the song is about Kurt's death.

Read more about the book at lulu.com where you can also get yourself a copy of the book (it is only available for purchase online).

If you follow the above link, you can also read a chapter and a half from the book. Additionally, there are several grunge-related musicians that were interviewed for this book, including Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez, and Duff McKagan (who's originally from Seattle).

Here's an exclusive snippet from the book with Blind Melon drummer Glen Graham talking about Shannon's reaction to Cobain's death:

"GLEN GRAHAM: [Cobain's death] freaked him out badly. I think he knew 'If that guy can succumb to the pressures of what's going on inside his brain, then I know I can.' I don't know that he was thinking those thoughts, but I think something resonated in him, like 'Oh shit uh oh.' I don't think they ever met but I don't know. Kurt Cobain at the time was the focal point of youth culture unfortunately for him."

The book is available now.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-19-2008 @ 12:10 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News New trailer for "Cobain Unseen" book; Facebook page
As mentioned in a previous story, Charles R. Cross - the author of the definitive Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven - is about to publish another book, Cobain Unseen.

Scheduled for a October 27 release, the book collects "previously unseen artifacts and photographs from the estate's archives to form a fascinating portrait of the creativity, madness, and genius of Kurt Cobain."

Read more about the book in our previous news story.

Now, you can view an exclusive trailer with an inside look and narration by Cross. Click here to open the trailer.

You can also check out the official Facebook page for the book.

NFC will soon launch a competition where 5 winners can win a copy of the book.

Click HERE to pre-order the book!
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-17-2008 @ 1:47 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Schoolyard Heroes, Harvey Danger cover Nirvana at Lounge Acts 2008
The Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee's Lounge Acts concert, that took place last weekend in Hoquiam, featured Schoolyard Heroes and Harvey Danger, as well as local bands doing Nirvana covers.

According to music blogger Travis Hay, the show kicked off with Aberdeen band Black Top Demon covering Smells Like Teen Spirit, complete with cheerleaders from the Aberdeen High School recreating the atmosphere from the Nirvana video.

Schoolyard Heroes did a cover of Territorial Pissings, while Harvey Danger performed Aneurysm and Very Ape.

A photo gallery of the event is available here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-17-2008 @ 9:10 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Thurston Moore on 1991: The Year That Punk Broke DVD release
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore told The New York Press there's no way of knowing when 1991: The Year That Punk Broke, a tour documentary featuring Sonic Youth, Nirvana and Dinosaur, Jr., will be released on DVD.

"There's sort of proprietary issues because of all the Nirvana stuff in it and all that stuff is under control of whoever controls Kurt [Cobain's] estate - That Which Will Not Be Named is how we refer to it - and we don't really want to release it until we can release it with all the extra footage. There's a whole second film and it's a whole other 90 minutes; a completely different cut of all the footage. And it's even crazier! It has amazing stuff in it. So until we can do that we're not going to do it - it might be a while," he said.

A MySpace profile has recently been created to petition for a DVD release of the documentary which features a number of clips of Nirvana live. The film was originally released on VHS in the 90s and it has apparently been ready for DVD release since 2004.

If petitioning and everything else fails, Thurston Moore seems to have the answer: "I'm trying to figure out ways of bootlegging it", he adds, in true punk fashion.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-16-2008 @ 3:33 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Nirvana track confirmed as part of Guitar Hero World Tour setlist
The full 86-song setlist for the upcoming video game Guitar Hero World Tour has been announced. The game will include the unplugged version of Nirvana's About a Girl, along with tracks by Dinosaur Jr., Interpol, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Muse, Oasis, Modest Mouse, Blondie, the Sex Pistols and R.E.M.

The full setlist can be found here.

Guitar Hero World Tour hits North American retail shelves on October 26. European and Australian territories will see the game on November 7 and November 12, respectively.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-15-2008 @ 7:23 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Aberdeen newspaper dwells on excerpts from Goldberg's book
The Grays Harbor Daily World publishes a lengthy article on Danny Goldberg's upcoming book, Bumping into Geniuses.

In his memoir, Goldberg explains that no matter what anyone says, Cobain wanted to be a rock star.

"He was a rock star on purpose, not by accident," Goldberg said. "He very well might have wanted to unwind that, though, the way Eddie Vedder and I think Pearl Jam have done a beautiful job of de-escalating their stardom and celebrity while still maintaining a big audience and a very successful career. He very well might have done something like that. But it's not like a letter arrived at his house one day that said no, you have to be a rock star."


Goldberg also says he could have seen Cobain re-invent himself to new generations like Neil Young consistently does.

He was even trying to re-invent himself while he was still alive, Goldberg said, describing Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance as something Cobain wanted to do to show off the band's creativity.

"I remember him telling me, 'People are really going to see a whole new side to my band and they're really going to get me.' " Goldberg said.


Danny Goldberg's Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business is set to be released in the USA on Thursday, September 18.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-15-2008 @ 7:08 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Azerrad to help Husker Du's Bob Mould write autobiography
American punk hero Bob Mould, founder of pioneering punk band Husker Du, will collaborate with Nirvana biographer Michael Azerrad to write his memoir for publication in autumn 2010.

Bob Mould said, "For many years, people have asked if and when I would write my autobiography. I have always looked forward to this point in time, where I could tell my stories, to answer the many questions about the music and the lifestyle, and how they inform the creative process. I have not been alone on this ride: friends and foes, mentors and associates, peers, lovers, all traveling by my side. The ride so far has been incredible, and I hope to do my memory right in documenting the journey."

"The gorgeous rage of Bob Mould's music seemed like the best possible response to the Reagan '80s for many music-loving young Americans," says publisher Michael Pietsch. "To hear firsthand what it was like to make that music, and to build the indie rock world that eventually brought us REM, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Green Day, and much of modern rock, is something that music lovers have awaited for years."


Michael Azerrad is the author of the bestselling Our Band Could Be Your Life and Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana.

More info here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 09-15-2008 @ 6:48 AM (GMT) by Oana.
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