Video: Talking grunge at the Experience Music Project, Nov. 15, 2011
My conversation with EMP senior curator Jacob McMurray. Sorry about the shit sound quality. (via Seattle Channel)
Soundgarden’s Chevrolet Beauville van, used in 1986. (Photo: Experience Music Project; via Soundgarden’s Facebook page)
“I met the Soundgarden guys when I booked them for a show in Ellensburg, in ’86 or ’87. I remember I took this class on George Orwell in college, and his world is all about the proletarian, the worker guy, and he just describes dirt and grime and these heavy working situations. Then these guys showed up and they’re kind of these strange Orwellian creatures. Matt had a red Volkswagen van and they were all working on the clutch or something, so all of them were under this car working. They all had work pants on and boots rolled up, and Chris looked like he just got done workin’ in a steel yard. I thought they looked so cool.”
—former Soundgarden tour manager Eric Johnson, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sweater (photo taken in the Experience Music Project staging room for the Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibit)
From Duff McKagan’s Seattle Weekly column on Tuesday’s Nevermind Live show at the Experience Music Project:
There was a tension at EMP on Tuesday. A tension caused by what I believe to be a collective fear of “Is this the right thing to do?” I could see it in the artists’ faces backstage. I could see it in the audience’s faces when I came out sidestage. I saw it in my own face when I looked in the mirror. The only guy who seemed totally at ease, and full of grace and calm, was Krist Novoselic, Nirvana’s stalwart bassist and a special guest on the night’s bill.
I literally forgot the words to “Lithium” right as my band went onstage. Yes. I was freaked out. But I saw Krist sending a big smile from the side of the stage. It gave me the confidence to ask the crowd to help me sing. They did. I think that is all that was needed, too. The audience sang the whole damn song, and thankfully, very loudly. Suddenly, it seemed like old-school Seattle again.
Read the whole piece here. (Photo: EMP/Christopher Nelson)
Watch the entirety of last night’s Nevermind Live: A Benefit Show for Susie Tennant.
…starts 15 minutes from now (at 10 p.m. PT). Performers include the Presidents of the United States of America, Fastbacks, Krist Novoselic, Vaporland, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, the Long Winters, Visqueen, Valis and more.
After those artists cover Nevermind, there will be a special encore set of Nirvana songs played by Young Fresh Fellows with Peter Buck, Pigeonhed, Tom Price Desert Classic and more.
Click here to watch.
There’s a nice piece on Susie Tennant, Nirvana’s former Northwest promotion rep, in today’s Seattle Times. Tonight’s way-sold-out Nevermind Live in Sky Church concert at the Experience Music Project (which will be streaming live beginning at 10 p.m. PT) is a benefit for Susie, who is undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.
Contribute to the Susie Tennant Fund here. Oh, and there’s a charity auction here. (Please reblog to help spread the word.)