This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nevermind by Nirvana, which hit shelves at record stores (these were brick and mortar retail establishments with names like Tower, Budget Records, The Wherehouse and such, that offered music fans a place to purchase music and even interact face to face with other music fans, but I digress) on Sept. 24, 1991.
Over the past few weeks you have likely been barraged by cuts from the second album from the Pacific Northwest band on the radio, internet and even network television. You have probably been subjected to countless diatribes on the relevance of the album’s impact to popular music and generally clubbed over the head with the importance of the release of the album. As annoying as the media blitz celebrating the album’s anniversary has been, there is a good reason for this.
The Northwest Music Scene’s very own Shawn Skager just wrote a fantastic piece about Nirvana and how it all went down.