Photo Tour: Nirvana Exhibit – Bringing Punk To The Masses

Smells Like Teen Spirit Display
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Famous shirt worn by Kurt Cobain and the MTV Music Award for Smells Like Teen Spirit. Photo by Doug Cooper
Smells Like Teen Spirit Display
Why The Northwest Rocked
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The beginnings of Nirvana, and the movement that would bring the Seattle Sound worldwide. Photo by Doug Cooper
Why The Northwest Rocked
Welcome To Seattle Story
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On their way to the top, Seattle became the stop Nirvana was known for. This features the parts of the exhibit during those times. Photo by Doug Cooper
Welcome To Seattle Story
Wall Of Punk
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The influence of punk music was all over the US, and this wall features the locations and cover art. Photo by Doug Cooper
Wall Of Punk
Wall Of Punk Center
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Features the story of where the bands came from during that era. Photo by Doug Cooper
Wall Of Punk Center
Very Young Kurt Cobain
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High School age Kurt Cobain photos, including him working in art class at Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen Washington. Photo by Doug Cooper
Very Young Kurt Cobain
Tour Schedule
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July tour schedule written on paper. Photo by Doug Cooper
Tour Schedule
The Wall Of Grohl
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Wall featuring quote and image of drummer and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl. Photo by Doug Cooper
The Wall Of Grohl
The Northwest Music Scene
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Wall and interactive music kiosk featuring music from the Northwest. Photo by Doug Cooper
The Northwest Music Scene
Sub Pop Days
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Seattle's Sub Pop Records broke many bands during those days, including Nirvana. Photo by Doug Cooper
Sub Pop Days
Sub Pop Contract
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Sub Pop records contract for a 3 album deal. Photo by Doug Cooper
Sub Pop Contract
Sub Pop 2
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Seattle's Sub Pop records artwork. Photo by Doug Cooper
Sub Pop 2
Spin Wardrobe
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Entry to the exhibit has shirt worn by Kurt Cobain right in front of the EMP's famous wall of guitars. Photo by Doug Cooper
Spin Wardrobe
Smells Like Teen Spirit Story
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Explains how MTV helped project the band into mainstream popularity. Photo by Doug Cooper
Smells Like Teen Spirit Story
Smells Like Teen Spirit Display 2
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Clothing and guitars from the time when Nirvana became mainstream. Photo by Doug Cooper
Smells Like Teen Spirit Display 2
Smashing Guitars Story
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Plaque fearing scenes during the bands 1988 era. Photo by Doug Cooper
Smashing Guitars Story
Sky Church Slide Show
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EMP's Sky Church Theater has an ongoing slide show of Nirvana in various stages during their career. Photo by Doug Cooper
Sky Church Slide Show
Reagan By Kurt Cobain
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Artwork by and 18 year old Kurt Cobain featuring Ronald Reagan. Photo by Doug Cooper
Reagan By Kurt Cobain
No Chad So Sad
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Fun little page announcing that drummer Chad Channing has left the band. Photo by Doug Cooper
No Chad So Sad
Nirvana Fever
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Nirvana fan projection at EMP's Sky Church Theater. Photo by Doug Cooper
Nirvana Fever
Nirvana Blew
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Early day artifacts including the cover of Nirvana "Blew". Photo by Doug Cooper
Nirvana Blew
Nirvana At EMP
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Nirvana: Bringing Punk To The Masses sign outside Seattle's Experience Music Project. Photo by Doug Cooper
Nirvana At EMP
Nirvan Stage Shot
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A moment in time during a show, with a quote from record producer Jack Endino. Photo by Doug Cooper
Nirvan Stage Shot
Nevermind, That's A Hit
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A wall at the exhibit featuring the rise of Nirvana to the biggest band in rock at the time. Smells Like Teen Spirit would bring the sound to the masses. Photo by Doug Cooper
Nevermind, That's A Hit
Moore Theater Marquis
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Seattle's Moore Theater featuring local acts Mudhoney, Tad and Nirvana. Photo by Doug Cooper
Moore Theater Marquis
Lyric Sheets
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Lyrics written by Kurt Cobain circa 1988. Photo by Doug Cooper
Lyric Sheets
Leggo My Eggo Presents
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Very early poster promoting a show in Tacoma Washington. Photo by Doug Cooper
Leggo My Eggo Presents
Leaving Aberdeen
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One of the displays focusing on when Cobain and Novoselic left Aberdeen for greener pastures. Photo by Doug Cooper
Leaving Aberdeen
Kurt Sky Church
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Kurt Cobain backstage photo projected in Sky Church Theater at Seattle's Experience Music Project. Photo by Doug Cooper
Kurt Sky Church
Krist Sky Church
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Sky Church Theater showing a photo of Krist Novoselic. Photo by Doug Cooper
Krist Sky Church
Krist Guitar
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A very well worn bass guitar played by Krist Novoselic. Photo by Doug Cooper
Krist Guitar
Interactive Kiosk
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Two women check out an interactive display featuring videos about Nirvana. Photo by Doug Cooper
Interactive Kiosk
Home Pics
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Pictures from the road as the band toured. Photo by Doug Cooper
Home Pics
EMP Front Door
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The entry to Seattle's Experience Music Project that just opened Nirvana: Bringing Punk To The Masses. Photo by Doug Cooper
EMP Front Door
Early Nirvana Wear and Artifacts
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This display includes a shirt worn by bassist Krist Novoselic slamming Nazi's and designed by Matt Lukiin. Photo By Doug Cooper
Early Nirvana Wear and Artifacts
Early Days
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Father and Son check out the display of early day artifacts at the Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses exhibit at EMP. Photo by Doug Cooper
Early Days
Early Days Pics and Cassettes
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Demo cassette and a schedule for the Seattle Club Vogue. Photo by Doug Cooper
Early Days Pics and Cassettes
Dave Sky Church
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A photo of Dave Grohl projected in the Experience Music Project's Sky Church Theater. Photo by Doug Cooper
Dave Sky Church
Dave Grohl Story
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The story how Dave Grohl was introduced into Nirvana. Photo by Doug Cooper
Dave Grohl Story
Cobain High School Art
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The artwork Cobain submitted at age 18 to the Aberdeen High School Art Show. The art is acrylic with airbrush showing Cobain's ability to draw and paint. Photo by Doug Cooper
Cobain High School Art
Cobain Guitar
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The entry to the Nirvana Exhibit features one of Kurt Cobain's most famous guitars. Photo by Doug Cooper
Cobain Guitar
Cobain Fast Food Fun
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Kurt Cobain and two fast food icons. Photo By Doug Cooper
Cobain Fast Food Fun
Cobain Art Show Entry
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An 18 year old Kurt Cobain enters art into the Aberdeen High School Art Show. Photo By Doug Cooper
Cobain Art Show Entry
Checks From Nirvana
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Check copies written to Cobain, Chad Channing, Krist Novoselic and Shucks Auto Supply. Photo By Doug Cooper
Checks From Nirvana
Bon Voyage
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The band heading out on tour in Australia. Photo By Doug Cooper.
Bon Voyage
Bleach Album Cover Printing Instructions
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Notes for the album cover printer. Photo By Doug Cooper
Bleach Album Cover Printing Instructions
Artifacts from in utero
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Artifacts from the bands third and final studio album "In Utero" which Cobain, Grohl and Novoselic all thought was too polished. Cobain told Rolling Stone that their next album would showcase "both of the extremes" citing it would not be one dimensional. Photo By Doug Cooper
Artifacts from in utero
Acoustic Guitars
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Acoustic Guitars played by Kurt Cobain and the Rolling Stone Cover in the background. Photo by Doug Cooper
Acoustic Guitars
Aberdeen Nirvana
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Their beginnings in Aberdeen Washington, you can see the iconic bridge in the background, with images of the early band ghosted in the foreground. Photo By Doug Cooper
Aberdeen Nirvana
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