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The Impact Of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

It is getting very close to the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s monster 1991 album, Nevermind.  It would be crazy to say that the album didn’t have some sort of impact on you, since it had such a giant effect on the music industry as a whole.

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A month from today will be the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s monumental album Nevermind, and album that changed the music world if you will.  Never has a single album come out that has killed almost an entire genre (hair metal/glam) of music over night.  That is exactly what Nirvana did in 1991.  Many Nirvana fans may disagree that this album isn’t the bands best work, but it did have to most impact. has some great commentary from artists talking about how the album impacted them, including Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.   He talks about how Nevermind and the Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik came out the same day:

I would put on the radio and keep listening to hear ‘Give It Away,’ but I kept hearing this Nirvana song and was like, ‘God, that’s a great f—ing song


Other artists like Eddie Vedder, Amy Lee and the My Chemical Romance Guys also chime in to say what that album did for them as well and you can read all about it here.   What did this album do to you?  Were you old enough to remember when it first came out?  I know I wasn’t, I was only 7 but it was one of the first albums that I snuck into my house to see what it was all about when I was 11 or 12.

There was still a lot of buzz around Kurt Cobain’s death at the time, so I was very intrigued to see what all this was about.  I immediately became a fan.  Later in life I would kind of push Nirvana aside to listen to other more heavy things.  Thinking back, it was what got me into rock music though, and for that I am very thankful.  These days I have a huge appreciation for Nirvana and the music they put out.

September 27th they will release a special 20th anniversary edition of the CD which will include unreleased tracks from the session and some rare live stuff.

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