It could be argued that September 24, 1991, was a day that changed the course of rock music dramatically. That was the day that Nirvana released its second album, Nevermind, and gave the word “Grunge” a whole new meaning.
Led by the wildly popular “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nevermind went from an initial US release of a little over 46,000 albums, to selling around 300,000 copies a week at its peak, and knocked Michael Jackson’s Dangerous out of the number one spot on the Billboard’s Top 200 in January, 1992.
Nevermind was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, with more than 10 million sold, in March of 1999, and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
A 20th Anniversary, 2-CD, Deluxe Edition of Nevermind has been issued, featuring the remastered album and B-sides, the Smart Studio sessions, boombox rehearsals and BBC sessions. A 5-disc Super Deluxe Edition, featuring Nirvana’s 1991 concert “Live at the Paramount” on DVD and CD, is due to be released on October 25th.
Read what album producer Butch Vig had to say about the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind in a recent Billboard interview.
Celebrate Your Teen Spirit with an AXE HEAVEN® Kurt Cobain Miniature Acoustic Guitar Replica Collectible
AXE HEAVEN® celebrates the spirit of Nirvana with our Kurt Cobain Miniature Acoustic Guitar Replica Collectible. As with all our collectible guitars, this replica of a true classic instrument has been handcrafted out of solid mahogany, and recreated down to the smallest detail.
A Martin D-18 that Cobain played briefly before Nevermind came out, then gave as a gift to musician Mary Lou Lord, sold at auction for $28,000 in 2007. You can see the guitar, which has quite a history, in the video below from the 2007 Dallas Guitar Convention.