[Prince Andrew is] a nice enough fellow. Nothing happened: I made him really nice tea, and I made him drink out of a mug with his mother on it, which I thought was hilarious. And then he said: ‘So what do you do all day?’ The NERVE.
WELCOME NEW FOLLOWERS!
This blog is suddenly trending—probably as a result of my zealous coverage of Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction—so I figured I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself to all my new followers.
Hello, people! My name is Mark Yarm, and I’m the author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (BTW, I am not Mark Arm of Mudhoney—people think I’m kidding when I throw that out there, but the name thing has caused some confusion over the years.) I cover all things grunge (not just Nirvana) on this blog. I’m currently a freelance writer for magazines like Wired and Rolling Stone, so I also share my non-grunge writing on here from time to time.
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HuffPost: Frances Bean Cobain was noticeably absent from Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10. The 21-year-old old couldn’t make the event because she was ill, according to her mother, Courtney Love. Cobain appeared to have made a full recovery by Sunday, when she was spotted at Coachella with her fiancé, Rambles frontman Isaiah Silva.
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme plays a “disappointing gay” on this Friday’s episode of Portlandia.
Spin has an excerpt from the new Dinosaur Jr. oral history/photo book. Here Lou and J talk about the artwork on their first LP:
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr. bassist): The cover is by Maura Jasper, who’d met J [Mascis] at U-Mass, and was one of those totally cool punk rock girls hanging out with him, she was part of the crew. J came up with the idea for the first record, “I want a guy standing in a field.” He had a bizarre relationship with this little kid at U-Mass called Artie, they’d formed a weird bond, with J treating him like a whipping boy, and Artie lapped it up and seemed totally bewildered by J’s fascination with him. J wanted Artie’s face on the cover so he took a photo of him and put it there in the corner.
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist): Artie didn’t have too many friends. I met him at college and we would hang out and I’d bring him to some parties. Lou’s view makes it seem like it was a little more cynical, but I was just hanging out with this guy, a fellow freshman who I thought was interesting.