Published Mar 13, 2013Late last year, Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt issued Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 as an e-book, presenting a collection of candid band shots gathered on a European tour. If you were hoping that the archival project could sit on your coffee table on the printed page instead of a tablet screen, you'll be glad to know the tome is set to arrive in a hardcover edition this October via Bazillion Points Books.
Pavitt's 240-page book features over 200 shots taken during Nirvana's six-week tour of Europe in support of Bleach that began in Rome in November 1989. The trip had him and fellow Sub Pop founder Jonathan Poneman joining Nirvana and tourmates Tad, and Pavitt has filled the book with shots taken on- and offstage.
While Pavitt notes that Nirvana temporarily broke up in Rome, the book eventually leads to a landmark performance at London's Astoria Theatre where the openers were said to have stole the show from Tad and Mudhoney. The concert allegedly started the big press buzz behind the band in the UK.
"Sub Pop didn't have much to work with," Pavitt said in a statement. "We knew Seattle was developing a distinctive brand of heavy, soulful, grungy rock, but we weren't sure who our next bands were going to be. Then, everything unfolded. This is a Nirvana story with a joyful ending"
You can see some preview stills, including live shots of Nirvana, Mudhoney's Mark Arm cracking a brew during a performance, and some backstage partying, over here.