gq: The Oral History Of Nirvana’s Nevermind (A Brief Tease,...


The Oral History Of Nirvana’s Nevermind
(A Brief Tease, Anyway)

Possibly our favorite thing in the new June 2011 issue of GQ is the oral history of the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind, by Nate Penn and a fleet of reporters, who interviewed dozens of people (including Courtney Love, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kim Gordon, Chris Cornell, and more) ahead of the album’s 20th anniversary to assemble the definitive history of its recording. The oral history is only available in the print edition and our new iPad version, but over at we’ve assembled a slideshow of amazing photography of the band circa 1991. And below, here are a couple choice quotes from the oral history:

“About a week before I went to L.A. to begin recording Nevermind, I got a cassette in the mail. The first thing on the cassette was “Hey, Butch!” It was Kurt speaking on a boom box: “We got a new drummer, his name’s Dave Grohl, he’s the best drummer in the world!”—Butch Vig, producer, Nevermind

“Kurt was a leader, he was strong, in fact he was well fucking hung, if you really want to know.”—Courtney Love, singer, Hole; widow of Kurt Cobain

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