“Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses”

Winged angel stage prop featured on Nirvana’s “In Utero” tour. Photo – Marlow Harris

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Here are photos and videos we took at the opening party for “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” at Experience Music Project in Seattle on April 15th, 2011.

-  Marlow Harris and Jo David  -

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Dow Constantine

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Krist Novoselic speaks at the opening party ceremonies.

Krist Novoselic speaks at the opening party ceremonies.

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Jacob McMurray, senior curator at EMP, spent the last two years organizing this exhibit.

Jacob McMurray

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A snapshot of Kurt Cobain, one of hundreds on the gigantic screen in the Sky Church

The crowd was mesmerized by the show

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Marlow Harris, Krist Novoselic, and Gillian Garr

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Jacob McMurray and Sara Guizzo

Jacob McMurray masterminded this exciting exhibit, which is scheduled to remain in place at EMP for the next two years.

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Mark Pickerel plays some tunes with his Uri Geller touch

Celebrity guest DJs spun iconic songs from punk to grunge, and all points in between, including: Kurt Bloch (Young Fresh Fellows and Fastbacks), Steve Fisk (Record producer of Nirvana and Soundgarden), Charles Peterson (Grunge era photographer) and Mark Pickerel (Screaming Trees and Truly).

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Camera at the ready, photographer Alice Wheeler has many of her photos of Nirvana in the exhibit.  On the right, Seattle Twist correspondents, Jo David & Marlow Harris.

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Mary and Jim Woodring display the yummy parting gifts given to the partygoers, Nirvana souvenir chocolate by Theo’s Chocolate!

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Mister Larry Reid – Seattle’s own kulture chaos kingpin, curating/instigating collisions of art and xcitement in this town for the last three decades, and still ready to kick some “stick-up-the-butt” art establishment attitude for years to come.

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Jacob Covey and his lovely companion

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Kate Race, Peter Blecha, and Marlow Harris

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Q13 FOX News anchor Bill Wixey, Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, and a well dressed man.

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Touch him, damnit, he’s Spike Mafford!  Here with Steve Fisk and Lily.

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The Exhibit

John Hawkley and Gina Kaukola

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Alice Wheeler having fun with her friends

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Gillian Garr, Jacob McMurray and a couple of pals

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Art mavens, Larry Reid, Bella Reid, Marshall Reid, and Tracy Rowland

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Marlow Harris, Jacob McMurray and Sara Guizzo

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Opening Party guests were treated to souvenir Nirvana chocolate!

All Photos and Videos above are by MARLOW HARRIS and JODAVID

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Below are selected artifact images in the exhibit

which EMP provided to Seattle Twist for publication.

Kurt Cobain at the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video shoot, Los Angeles, CA, August 18, 1991.

Courtesy of Shelli Hyrkas

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Sweater worn by Kurt Cobain in the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” August 18, 1991.

Private collection

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Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, and Krist Novoselic boarding an airplane, Australia, circa February 10, 1992.  Courtesy of Shelli Hyrkas

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Univox Hi-Flyer guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain at the Evergreen State College, Dorm K208, Olympia, WA, October 30, 1988.  This is the first guitar that Cobain demolished on stage.

Experience Music Project permanent collection.

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Nirvana lyrics by Kurt Cobain, circa 1988.  The majority of the songs listed here were recorded during Nirvana’s initial recording session on January 23, 1988, at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle with producer Jack Endino.  Many of these would be reworked further and appear on the band’s debut 1989 album, Bleach.

Experience Music Project permanent collection

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A New American Gothic, by Kurt Cobain, circa 1984.

Experience Music Project permanent collection

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Nirvana’s first demo recording, 1988.  Jack Endino made this copy of Nirvana’s first demo tape and gave it to his bandmate, Skin Yard bassist and C/Z Records owner Daniel House.

Experience Music Project permanent collection

1991 Black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain during the recording of “Endless Nameless” during the Nevermind sessions, May – June 1991.

Experience Music Project permanent collection



Experience Music Project

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