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NFC News Nirvana memorabilia as part of Christie's auction
More than 120 records, photos, and promotional pieces for punk, garage rock, and new wave legends such as Blondie, the Sex Pistols, Nirvana and David Bowie will be part of a Christie's auction in New York on November 24.

One of the big-ticket items up for auction is a guitar used by a young Kurt Cobain while recording demos at his Aunt's house in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1982 and 1985. The item is expected to fetch $60,000-$80,000.

Another item up for grabs is a framed poster of the cover artwork for Nirvana's iconic 1991 album Nevermind, signed by all three members of the group.

More info here and here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-31-2008 @ 2:42 PM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Love Buzz 20th anniversary
This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's legendary Love Buzz/Big Cheese 7", released as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club, in November of 1988.

From The Guardian: Twenty years ago this weekend, Nirvana released Love Buzz, the first single by the band who would ignite grunge from an interesting local scene to a global phenomenon.

And this is significant why? Because grunge wasn't just another musical or youth trend - it was the ultimate expression and fusion of most of the defining cultural, ideological and social threads of the modern western world. Feminism, liberalism, irony, apathy, cynicism/idealism (those opposite sides of one frustrated coin), anti-authoritarianism, wry post-modernism, and not least a love of dirty, abrasive music; grunge reconciled all these into a seminal whole.


Read full article here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-31-2008 @ 2:31 PM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Universal Music to release NIRVANA Reading Festival 1992 DVD
The Internet Nirvana Fan Club, NFC, has learned exclusively that another Nirvana DVD is to be released officially by Nirvana's label, Universal. The DVD will contain the legendary performance at England's Reading Festival where the band played in August, 1992. A release date has not yet been determined.

The video recording which runs for over 90 minutes features one of Nirvana's finest live performances, with a setlist that includes many of the best tracks from their catalogue at the time. There's also an early performance (with alt. lyrics) of the song that would eventually become tourette's, as well as funny covers and jams.

In early 2005, a time-coded PRO-shot video of the show started circulating in the Nirvana collector's circles. This recording has since been released unofficially on DVD and can be found in some stores.

At this time, there's no further details on the official Universal DVD release of the Reading 1992 show (such as technical specs, extras, etc). A 2009 release is most likely.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-30-2008 @ 2:33 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Database glitch censors Nirvana on iTunes
From contactmusic.com: bosses at Apple's iTunes store accidentally edited the song title of a Nirvana hit while scanning for offensive tracks in their library. Nirvana's hit song Smells Like Teen Spirit appears as 'Smells Like T**n Spirit'

A spokesman for Apple tells the BBC the error was not intentional and insisted that the "database glitch" will soon be rectified.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-26-2008 @ 2:08 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News CHINESE DEMOCRACY STARTS NOW!
While not related to Nirvana, this is a monumental event in music history that deserves to be documented -- the fabled new Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy is finally coming out.

Moments ago, their management released this official press release:

MINNEAPOLIS, October 22, 2008 – Best Buy and Geffen Records announced that one of the most highly anticipated albums of all time, Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy, will be available beginning Nov. 23 at Best Buy and BestBuy.com on CD, vinyl, and digital downloads. The title track, the first single from the album, was released to radio today, October 22. Chinese Democracy is the first album of new material from one of rock’s most influential bands since the 1991 simultaneous releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.

“The release of Chinese Democracy marks a historic moment in rock n’ roll,” said co-managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould. “We’re launching with a monumental campaign developed by Gary Arnold and the Best Buy team that matches the groundbreaking sound of the album itself. Guns N’ Roses fans have every reason to celebrate, for this is only the beginning.”

“Chinese Democracy is one of the most highly anticipated albums in music history, and Best Buy is thrilled to deliver this explosive and previously elusive release to Guns N’ Roses fans. Longtime fans will be rewarded for their patience and loyalty to this great band, while a new generation of fans will be blown away,” said Gary Arnold, Senior Entertainment Officer for Best Buy. “Axl Rose is one of the most dynamic and gifted writers and performers in modern music. Best Buy is excited to work with Axl to make the release of Chinese Democracy THE musical event of 2008!”

“Guns N’ Roses is THE premier American rock band,” commented Steve Berman, President, Sales and Marketing, Interscope Geffen A&M Records. “Partnering with Gary and everyone at Best Buy to release one of rock’s most anticipated and legendary albums is truly a moment in music history. We’re thrilled to be able to announce that Chinese Democracy is coming, it’s coming this year, and it’s coming to Best Buy.”

Produced by Axl Rose and Caram Costanzo, the album, which will be released on Black Frog/Geffen Records, includes 14 tracks. “Shackler’s Revenge” debuted September 14 through the Rock Band 2 videogame and “If The World” can be heard in the film Body Of Lies, which premiered on October 11.

Chinese Democracy is being released in three formats: CD, Vinyl LP (with a free digital download of the tracks), and as a digital album. Pre-orders at www.BestBuy.com/chinesedemocracy begin today.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-22-2008 @ 2:40 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News New book - The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll
A new book explores the stories of some of the most legendary names in rock history; "Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. Equally as notorious for their impact on music as they are for their untimely deaths, the foursome have become the involuntary faces of The 27s—or the group of musicians who met their demise at that very age. Yet, it’s the lesser told stories of bluesman Robert Johnson, Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, The Minutemen’s D. Boon and over two-dozen other artists that elevate The 27s from coincidental to legendary.

The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll explores their lives and legacies in a 312-page custom illustrated narrative, available exclusively online beginning October 27 (followed by an official release in April 2009) for, appropriately, $27.00."


Read the full press release here.

The book can be purchased from the27s.com with sneak peak inside The 27s found here.

Pre-order the book here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-22-2008 @ 12:07 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News 7 Nirvana tracks hit "Rock Band" game
Game developer Harmonix has revealed the upcoming addition of seven more tracks to the Rock Band Music Store from Nirvana:

Breed
Lounge Act
On a Plain
Polly
Something in the Way
Stay Away
Territorial Pissings

Each track will run $1.99 (160 Microsoft points) individually, though Harmonix will also offer fans the entire pack for $10.99 (880 Microsoft points).

All tracks are masters.

These tracks will be available on Xbox360 on October 21st and on the PS3 on October 23rd.

These tracks join In Bloom from the original Rock Band soundtrack and Drain You featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack to make for a total of nine Nirvana songs available in the Rock Band music catalog.

More info here. Don't forget to also check this section for more Nirvana music in games.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-18-2008 @ 5:00 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News About a Son premieres on British TV
Kurt Cobain "autobiography" About a Son will have its UK TV premiere as part of More's True Stories season on November 25.

The film tells the story of Cobain's life in his own words, taken from recordings made by journalist Michael Azerrad as source material for his book Come As You Are, along with images of Pacific Northwest locations.

Story courtesy of Q.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-17-2008 @ 11:08 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News The last word on Cobain
According to The Guardian, biographer Charles R. Cross claims his upcoming book, Cobain Unseen may be the final word on the late Nirvana frontman.

With Love's blessing, Cross sifted through the debris of Cobain's life, a rich seam of journals, art projects, snapshots and strange knick-knacks.

"It felt chilling," says Cross. "You'd go through his artwork and some of it would have pieces of him on it. He would glue his fingernails to the edges of dolls, there'd be blood in phials."

The most striking items provide the spine of Cobain Unseen and they're knitted together with new archive photos. The cover image, of a pensive Cobain pushing his hand toward the camera, was sourced from undeveloped film, shot by Cobain and Love as their stardom peaked.


Cross suggests there's not much chance of any new Nirvana songs to emerge.

"Those things may be the final word," says Cross. "Until then you couldn't get more into his mind unless you walked into his Olympia apartment in 1990, where you'd basically see the exact same things that are in this book."

Cobain Unseen comes out October 27 and can be ordered here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-17-2008 @ 10:48 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Killing Joke frontman pays tribute to Cobain
During a recent show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman dedicated the group's hit Eighties to Kurt Cobain. Coleman also revealed his mother had just unearthed a stash of fan mail, including a 1987 Christmas card from the late Nirvana singer. Story courtesy of Contactmusic.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-17-2008 @ 10:36 AM (GMT) by Oana.
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