Nirvana is getting a lot of ink lately, as this year marks the 20th anniversary of the group's classic, game-changing album, "Nevermind." During the summer, I blogged about Nirvana over at the DG, but many others have also offered their thoughts and remembrances on the band.
At the Daily Beast, Amanda Marcotte makes the case for Nirvana's feminist credentials.
Here's an excerpt:
"Nirvana’s opening salvo in its assault on mainstream rock, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' did more than just wash away any musical relevance of bands like Poison and Winger, but it also laid waste to the sexism that fueled so much hair metal and other dude-centric hard rock. The first human faces you see in the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” belong not to the band members, but to a group of heavily tattooed women dressed like anarchist cheerleaders, a swift but brutal rebuttal to all the images of acceptable femininity that your average suburban teenager lived with at the time. Forget the hair metal groupies or the bubbly beauty queen cheerleaders. For girls watching this video, it was a revelation: You could instead choose to be a badass."
At Racialicious, Latoya Peterson offers some interesting Nirvana anecdotes and commentary.
Over at The Daily, David Hudson provides some links and thoughts in a piece that takes a broader look at grunge, punk and other seminal musical of the early 1990s. In addition to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho" all get mentions.