Saturday, September 24, 2011
Nirvana fan newsletter and other assorted ephemera. It was twenty year ago today...
For the life of me, their meteoric ascent was something I couldn't rationalize, and I could only take comfort in the fact that most of the metal heads and Deadheads occupying my stomping ground were indifferent to them. Nonetheless, I was gradually forced to cash in a very sacred cow, to a surprisingly appreciative world. There was communication between my home address and Nirvana's Bleach correspondence address, the majority of which was one-way, with the exception of a two-page, October '91 newsletter printed on light dayglow-green paper (Both sides of which can be read at full size with the click of mouse). And the kicker? It's signed at the bottom of the second page by "Kurdt," Chris and Dave. If that wasn't enough to get me stoked, they also included a tour itinerary, t-shirt order form, and bumper sticker. The text of the letter itself, penned within a month of Nevermind's release, mentions the band was thrown out of their own release party. And there are other pertinent details, such as the story behind the unusual spelling of "Kurdt's" name, and the trio even go so far as to name check a fan (who ironically would soon have close personal ties to Nirvana) that voiced some objections with the new album. An up-to-that-point discography is also provided on the second page, which details a fictionalized forthcoming split single. I'm afraid I don't have much in the way of rare studio cuts or uncirculated live shows to pull out of my ass, this but this boilerplate newsletter was pretty damn poignant to this set of eyes. Below is a link where you can download full size versions of everything, including the tour itinerary I mentioned.