Adorned with a cover photo of Kurt Cobain, the newly released Grunge photo book chronicles the pivotal scene that dominated the music in the Pacific Northwest during the late eighties and early nineties. The photos, comprised from Sub Pop photographer Michael Lavine’s personal collection, provide an unabridged look at the bands that dominated the pivotal scene in American music as well as a look at the group of young fans disenfranchised by an over-commercialized music scene. Lavine contributed to the alternative Sub Pop aesthetic by providing the album art photos for Nirvana, Mudhoney, Dwarves, Screaming Trees, and others.
Fans of the now defunct music scene can reminisce to images of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Beat Happening, and other pivotal groups of the era. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame was asked to provide the text for the photos, bringing creative insight to the images throughout the book. Moore is remembered as the guy who pushed for Geffen records to sign Nirvana to the label, effectively bringing the genre to a national audience.
Within the book, Moore writes about the lives of the bands, the countercultural Seattle music scene, and his personal friendships with key individuals of the era, including Kurt Cobain. This is the fourth book for which Moore has been asked to provide text following his contributions to No Wave, Punk House, and Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture.
Grunge, released by Abrams Image, will be in book stores on October 15. Don’t miss out on this profound depiction of unbridled energy and raw talent.