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Director of New Kurt Cobain Doc Weighs In on Artist's Unseen Life

Friday, May 01, 2015

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" is the first fully authorized documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain. It's largely made up of never-before-seen footage. The director weighs in here.

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Studio 360

American Icons: Nirvana’s “Nevermind”

Thursday, April 30, 2015

How did “Nevermind” come to define 90s rock — and make Nirvana the last universally acclaimed rock band?

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Studio 360

Dramatic Readings Of Rejection Letters to Gertrude Stein, Andy Warhol, and Nirvana

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Scene: Concord
From New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth, hosted by Virginia Prescott

Since so many rejection letters feel utterly impersonal, we thought it would be fun to do dramatic readings of some of history's worst rejection letters — sent to Gertrude Stein, Nirvana, Andy Warhol, and a would-be artist for Disney (whose main shortcoming appears to be that she was female).

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Studio 360

American Icons: Nirvana's Nevermind

Friday, January 03, 2014

In April, the band Nirvana is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — it’s been 25 years since the release of their first album, a gnarly piece of late punk called Bleach. But it was their second album, from 1991, that made them famous. It was angry and bracingly cynical ...

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Studio 360

Nirvana’s Nevermind & Kerry Washington

Friday, January 03, 2014

This week in our American Icons series, we take a look at Nirvana’s Nevermind — was it rock and roll’s last hurrah? Golden Globe nominee Kerry Washington shows her mean streak as the star of Scandal. And Jesmyn Ward relives the trauma of Hurricane Katrina in her novel Salvage the ...

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WNYC News

Infographic: Rock and Pop Hits of Summer 1993

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Here's a look at the pop, dance, and rock hits that made Billboard's 1993 end-of-year "Hot 100" list. Billy Joel's,  "The River of Dreams," Soul Asylum's, "Runaway Train," and Michael Jackson's, "Will You Be There," are among the timeless classics and one-hit wonders highlighted below that graced the airwaves during the summer of 1993. Check out pics of all the pop and rock artists that made the list and brush up on details for songs released during the summer. (Details include position on the Billboard list, artist name, song title and single release date). 

Rock/pop hits, summer '93

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Soundcheck

Dave Grohl: A Punk Rocker, Gone Mainstream

Friday, March 22, 2013

We discuss Dave Grohl's transition from punk rocker to mainstream success with Paul Brannigan, author of the Dave Grohl biography This Is A Call.

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Soundcheck

That Was a Hit?!?; The Post-Nirvana Grunge Rush; AV Plays Live

Friday, February 15, 2013

Soundcheck looks back at weirdly popular songs of yesteryear and tries to understand how on earth they climbed the charts.

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Got Live If You Want It

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

John Schaefer's mixed feelings about live albums

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WQXR Blog

Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Orchestrated

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A number of classical performers have embraced the music of Nirvana, particularly during this, the 20th anniversary month of their groundbreaking album "Nevermind."

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Studio 360

Nirvana Flashback

Friday, September 23, 2011

Last week, we presented our latest exploration on an American Icon — the 20-year-old rock album Nevermind by Nirvana. And we heard from lots of you about how the album colored and captured an important moment in your lives. Listener Scott Raley of San Antonio, Texas, first heard the album in Naples, Italy ...

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The Takeaway

Nirvana's 'Nevermind,' Twenty Years Later

Monday, September 19, 2011

For those who came of age in the 1990s it may be hard to believe, but Nirvana’s "Nevermind" album turns twenty years old this week. Considered groundbreaking by some and over-hyped by others, the album is still often played and discussed two decades later.

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Studio 360

Albert Brooks in Drive, Nirvana’s Nevermind

Friday, September 16, 2011

This week, our American Icons series continues with a look at Nirvana’s Nevermind — was it rock and roll’s last great hurrah? Kurt Andersen talks with Albert Brooks about his surprising role in the new movie Drive, and his new futuristic novel. Plus, Kurt talks with Matt Damon about the ...

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Studio 360

American Icons: Nirvana's Nevermind

Friday, September 16, 2011

Twenty years ago this month, a new sound blasted the cobwebs out of every radio station in America. It was angry and bracingly cynical; the album featured a naked baby swimming toward a dollar bill dangling on a fish hook, and it went #1 in the blink of an eye. In the words of music scholar Joshua Clover ...

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Soundcheck

When Covers Rule

Monday, July 11, 2011

John Schaefer wrestles with a list of truly original covers

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Features

Live on Studio 360: The Vaselines

Friday, October 15, 2010

Nirvana covered two of their songs and Kurt Cobain once called them his favorite songwriters in the whole world. After a 20-year hiatus, the Scottish indie pop couple, The Vaselines, reunites to make music. Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee talk with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen and play songs from the band's new album, Sex with an X.

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Studio 360

Masterpiece Theater: Laptop Edition

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We all know that the Internet has its drawbacks. (Why do I know that Sandra Bullock's husband cheated on her?  Why does a certain relatives think I enjoy videos of kittens?)  But its power to aggregate—pulling material from across time and around the world—can still knock your socks off.  I ...

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