Nirvana’s “Nevermind” Turns 20

Nirvana’s Grunge Classic Album “Nevermind” Is No Longer A Tee

VH1 To Broadcast Rare Performance To Mark 20th Anniversary Of Seminal Album

Two decades ago, the grunge rock band Nirvana released the now-classic album “Nevermind,” featuring the now-classic 90s anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” In celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary, the cable network VH1 Classic will air a rare concert film featuring never-before-seen footage of the Seattle-based rockers in their prime. According to a statement from VH1, the first broadcast will take place on September 23rd at 11:00 PM. A re-mastered digital video transfer of the film will be available for purchase on DVD and in high definition on Blu-ray disc starting on September 27th.

The film, entitled “Nirvana: Live at the Paramount,” was filmed in Seattle in 1991. Nirvana had been gaining regional popularity since 1987 when singer/songwriter/guitarist Kurt Cobain teamed up with bass player Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington to form the band. But it was the release of “Nevermind” that made Nirvana a global sensation. The concert film features performances of many of the band’s most influential songs – “Lithium,” “Breed,” and of course “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – as well as lesser known numbers such as “Sliver,” “Aneurysm,” and a cover of “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam,” originally performed by the Vaselines. The 11-song set is replete with youthful angst and Nirvana’s signature sound: wide dynamic contrasts comprising soft, almost delicate verses juxtaposed with crashing, head-banging choruses.

On September 27th, the same day the digital video transfer of the concert goes on sale, a “super-deluxe reissue of “Nevermind” will hit stores, featuring a four-disc collection of rare demos, rehearsals, B-sides, and live performances, as well as the original album – digitally re-mastered of course. The deluxe package, which will sell for $169.99, will also include a 90-page collector’s book and other memorabilia. If you’re more interested in the music than the tangibles, you can also download the set from iTunes or Amazon. Visit the band’s official site for more information.

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