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November 4, 1994 | by Chuck Arnold, Daily News Staff Writer
MTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK Nirvana / DGC At first, the release of the Nirvana live album, "MTV Unplugged in New York," less than a year after Kurt Cobain's suicide smells like record company exploitation. After all, hasn't MTV aired the concert at Sony Studios in New York City enough already since it premiered last December? And wasn't it the almighty corporate dollar - and all the pressures that came with it - that sent Cobain over the edge, never to return? It would be too much for any cynic - fan or otherwise - to plug into if the album didn't serve as such a hauntingly beautiful elegy and eulogy of a man who was synonymous with ugliness in both life and death.
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September 21, 1993 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
IN UTERO Nirvana (DGC/Sub Pop) Teen-age angst has paid off well. As Nirvana's Kurt Cobain scowls this on "Serve the Servants" from the group's long-awaited "In Utero" disc, you have to wonder whether adult anxiety reaps the same kind of benefits. After their gadzillion-selling "Nevermind" disc, the entire record industry is wondering if the first major-label effort by Nirvana was a total fluke. "In Utero" doesn't pack anything as timelessly cool as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," but the group's knack for scintillating pop hooks, coated by the obligatory veneer of distortion, is still intact.
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April 9, 1994 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC This article includes information from the Associated Press and the Seattle Times
Singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, 27, whose group Nirvana popularized the rock genre known as "grunge," was found shot to death yesterday morning in his Seattle home, a shotgun lying across his body and a suicide note nearby. Cobain was the unofficial leader and primary songwriter of the three-member band that began in Seattle and became enormously popular with disaffected youth worldwide. Police did not disclose the specifics of the note. A police spokeswoman said that the body, found by an electrician hired to install a security alarm, had been there for about a day. Wendy O'Connor, Cobain's mother, said that her son had been missing for six days and that she had feared he would be found dead.
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December 19, 1993 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The hot music-related topics come in bunches this year. Tucked among the coffee-table picture books and the quickie-biographies are multiple books concerned with Nirvana, the pathfinding Seattle grunge band. There are two titles on The Band, two books on Duke Ellington, and the usual complement of Beatles books. It's more than the casual fan can afford, and a symbol of the relative health of the music-books subsegment of publishing. Just how strong is the appetite for words about music?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1993 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
The one thing that Road to Nirvana, Arthur Kopit's satire of movie-industry deal-making, proves is that movie-industry deal-making is beyond satire. In Speed the Plow, David Mamet presented Hollywood's greedy, unbalanced deal-makers as they are, and they satirized themselves. Kopit chooses to exaggerate his characters and situations to such an extent that all credibility is lost in a luridly ridiculous play - one that is beneath the standards of the author of such works as Indians; Wings; and Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad. The production by the Daylight Zone at the Try Arts Theater is marginally competent.
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November 10, 1993 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Forget what's been written about Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain, his wife, his child, his drug use. Forget those rumors about infighting among members of this celebrated Seattle trio. Forget everything that doesn't pertain to the music. Nirvana has. In an astonishing 90-minute set Monday at the Armory in West Philadelphia, the band that was considered a shoo-in for self-destruction just a few months ago roared to life with a fury rarely displayed (or sustained) on the rock and roll stage.
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January 22, 2013 | By Dan Gross
NOT EVERY band is praised by not only one, but both surviving members of Nirvana . Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , the former Nirvana drummer, said on comedian Marc Maron 's WTF podcast that he loved Philly rockers Bleeding Rainbow . Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic posted his appreciation last week. "We all really freaked out when we first saw the Krist Novoselic tweet about how he likes us," said Sarah Everton , who sings and plays bass and guitar in the band.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 1993 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
From the very first line of Nirvana's third album, In Utero, which arrives in stores today, the message is clear: Kurt Cobain's circumstances have changed. "Teenage angst has paid off well, now I'm bored and old," Cobain sings on the embittered "Serve the Servants," his disinterested tone miles from the usual paint-peeling shriek. Could he be offering a report to shareholders on the success of his band's once-humble endeavor? Or is he commenting, derisively, on the way the astonishing Nevermind, the 1991 album that brought grunge to the mainstream and went on to sell more than 9 million copies, was analyzed to excess and held up as an all-purpose explanation of the twentysomething generation?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 1994 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains material from the Associated Press, the New York Post and the New York Times
Rocker Kurt Cobain opened his eyes and moved his hands yesterday in Rome 12 hours after lapsing into a drug-and-alcohol-induced coma. An Italian news agency reported that the Nirvana lead singer got ill after mixing a large dose of Roipnol, precribed for insomnia, with champagne. Cobain, 27, was in American Hospital. The former heroin user is touring Europe with the band. His U.S. management said yesterday that Cobain had been ill with the flu and fatigue, causing the cancellation of two recent concerts.
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September 24, 2002 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A collection of rare Nirvana material - possibly a box set - will be released for Christmas, says Courtney Love, widow of lead singer Kurt Cobain. Love told radio host Howard Stern that she had made nice with the surviving band mates, adding that "lots and lots and lots of money" was key to the new understanding. After telling Stern that the numerous lawsuits that had entangled her and band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic had been settled, Love announced: "We love each other.
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February 3, 2016 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Clara Bow might have been the original "It" girl, but the entertainment industry chewed up and spat out plenty of other young lovelies long before and after Ms. Bow left behind a life of pain and suffering in Brooklyn for the bright lights of stardom. Simpatico Theatre's expanded world premiere of The It Girl - which, even at its new length, clocks in at only about an hour - was conceived by director Brenna Geffers, Anthony Crosby, and Amanda Schoonover, who knows a little something about the subject.
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August 21, 2015 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
It's understating the case to call these last weeks of summer "stone-fruit season. " No. This is the real fruit season, the only fruit season. For anyone who cares about sweet and natural deliciousness, all the other weeks are merely prelude to the sticky, juicy days of August. "Stone fruits are a massive favorite for me," says Aimee Olexy of the Talula's triumvirate, "and I look forward to getting them every year. " Right now, white and yellow peaches are at their bursting peak; plums beckon with a lustrous gleam.
NEWS
April 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - When Brett Morgen was working through the drawings, journals, home videos, and sound collages that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left behind after taking his life in 1994, the filmmaker found a note to Cobain's then-girlfriend Tracey Marander, written in the late 1980s. "I'm going to work now," Cobain wrote. "When I'm gone please go through all my things and figure me out. " That was Morgen's task in 2007, when Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, approached him about making a film.
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January 16, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
We might speak of London-born Sam Smith with the same reverence we once did Boy George and George Michael. All are soulful New Wave Brits whose warm, torchy voices can move you to tears. Smith - who packed the Liacouras Center on Tuesday - is British blue-eyed pop-soul's voice du jour, a platinum-selling singer/songwriter, with his debut album In the Lonely Hour . Smith, 22, was actually very reminiscent of the Boy George of yore (sans the cross-dress accoutrements). From the shape of his face to a yearning voice that leaped from falsetto to round, low tones, Smith is a spiritual brother to Boy George.
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July 22, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Joan Jett is returning home, in a sense, next week, sharing a bill with Roger Daltrey for his Teen Cancer benefit at the Kimmel Center. At a band rehearsal, the one-time bassist for the Runaways and the woman behind such hedonistic anthems as "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," sets the record straight. Jett is a Philadelphia musical Walk of Fame rocker, with a gold star along Broad Street from the Philadelphia Music Alliance. She was a true local for only the first six months of life.
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April 13, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When Daryl Hall and John Oates took the mike at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Thursday night - in a gala at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. - Hall reflected on both the honor and the injustice of being the first "homegrown Philly act" inducted. He listed many deserving names, from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes to Todd Rundgren. It was part of a big night for the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame, as the E Street Band, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, and high-shoed rockers Kiss were inducted.
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October 18, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The 16 nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year have been announced, and one of them is absolutely, undoubtedly going to make it in the first year of eligibility. The no-brainer is Nirvana, the Kurt Cobain-led grunge trio that released its first single, "Love Buzz," 25 years ago, in 1988. That was three years before it turned the world on its ear with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album, Nevermind . But who among the other contenders are likely to be among the half-dozen who make the final cut?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Dan Gross
NOT EVERY band is praised by not only one, but both surviving members of Nirvana . Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , the former Nirvana drummer, said on comedian Marc Maron 's WTF podcast that he loved Philly rockers Bleeding Rainbow . Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic posted his appreciation last week. "We all really freaked out when we first saw the Krist Novoselic tweet about how he likes us," said Sarah Everton , who sings and plays bass and guitar in the band.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Clooney , who seems to be everywhere these days, led a demonstration against the government of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir Friday outside Sudan's embassy in D.C. It wasn't long before the cops clapped Georgie in cuffs and led him away. What did his mom, Nina Clooney , think of the prospect of his arrest? "He's a big boy. He'll be OK. " Yes, he will. So will his dad, Nick Clooney , who also got arrested. George has been active investigating reports of war crimes by Bashir, reports that outspoken George says are true.
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August 26, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
YOU EITHER HAVE SOMETHING or you don't. Claiming you have something you don't actually have is not something you can lie about for too long. Eventually, it catches up with you. So Tattle is baffled by the report on RadarOnline.com that Hustler claims it has a sex tape of leggy "S&M" singer Rihanna and rapper J-Cole , (who may have really been) her opening act on her recent "Loud" tour. " Hustler is in possession of the Rihanna and J-Cole tape," said a rep for Larry Flynt's porn empire.
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