Experience Music Project (EMP) announced today the 2011 opening of the world’s most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of Seattle grunge luminaries, Nirvana. Curated by EMP’s Jacob McMurray, and featuring rare and unseen pieces from the band, their crews and families, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses runs April 16, 2011 – April 22, 2013.
Nirvana singer, songwriter and guitarist Kurt Cobain “was a visionary artist who touched people all over the world,” said Krist Novoselic, the band’s bassist and co-founder. “It’s great that there will soon be a collection that celebrates that contribution to music and culture. There’s a story with Nirvana at its center, but it’s a story that also includes the many people, bands and institutions that make up a music community. The show is a celebration of Northwest music.”
More than two years in the making, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses features 200 artifacts tied to the band and the independent punk rock music community that nurtured it. Among the many pieces of music history included in the exhibition are:
- Kurt Cobain’s never-before exhibited, high school painting of two aging, Reagan-era punks in the post-apocalypse, informally known as “punk American gothic.”
- The Teac reel-to-reel tape machine owned by Mari Earl, Cobain’s aunt, on which a young Kurt recorded material for his early bands, Organized Confusion and Fecal Matter.
- Cobain’s handwritten lyrics for Nirvana songs including “Spank Thru” and “Floyd the Barber.”
- Numerous instruments, including pieces of the first guitar Cobain destroyed onstage (a Univox Hi-Flyer); Dave Grohl’s Tama Rockstar-Pro drum kit; and Krist Novoselic’s Guild acoustic bass guitar and Buck Owens American acoustic guitar used during the recording of “MTV Unplugged.”
- The yellow cardigan worn often by Cobain between 1991 and 1994.
- The winged angel stage prop featured on Nirvana’s In Utero tour.
- Scores of candid snapshots capturing the band’s early years, from their beginnings in Aberdeen, Washington to the media frenzy that erupted after Nevermind.
“Most people know Nirvana as mythologized rock stars; this exhibit balances that understanding with a tangible, human look at their journey from Aberdeen to the world stage,” said Jacob McMurray, senior curator at EMP, who envisioned and assembled the exhibition.
Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses tells the public and personal story of Nirvana within the context of the independent, underground music scene that evolved in the United States throughout the 1980s and culminated with the 1991 release of Nirvana’s ten-times platinum album, Nevermind.
“I’m really excited for Nirvana to be a touchstone for this exhibition – and especially proud that it’s happening at Experience Music Project,” Novoselic said. “In addition to their great work presenting artists and music, EMP has a comprehensive educational component that makes it so much more than ‘just a museum.’ It’s a technology-based invitation to anyone who might be interested – the more you’re interested in something, the more information on that topic becomes available.”
The exhibit contains more than 100 new and archived oral histories from key figures in the independent music scene of the late 1980s and early ’90s, including: Novoselic; Mark Arm and Steve Turner of the band Mudhoney; Jack Endino, who produced Nirvana’s first album Bleach (1989); Steve Albini, who recorded their third album, In Utero (1993); Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, co-founders of Sub Pop Records; Seattle scene photographers Charles Peterson and Alice Wheeler; Nirvana drummer Chad Channing; and Earnie Bailey, Kurt Cobain’s guitar tech.
Steve Fisk, who co-produced the band’s Blew EP (1989), created the ambient soundtrack fans will hear as they move through the exhibition. Visitors eager to dig even further into the vast store of images, audio and video that informed the collection will be able to explore them in detail at media kiosks.
To highlight the integral role that fans played and continue to play in relationship with Nirvana, the exhibit will also include a “confessional” in which fans can record their own stories, memories, poems and other thoughts about the band, its music and its members. That footage will be woven into concert film and interviews that screen continuously during the exhibit.
Concurrently with the exhibit launch, renowned Seattle publisher Fantagraphics Books will release Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind, a 250-page, full-color exploration of grunge’s explosion, set within the cultural environs of the punk underground that developed in the U.S. in 1970s and ’80s.
It’s been a couple years since indie rockers Cold War Kids have released an album, but January 25, 2011 will see the release of their third studio album, Mine Is Yours. We’re very excited to unearth the album’s first single “Louder Than Ever”. Its been something of an in-office anthem at RCRD LBL, the vibrant hook providing us much satisfaction as we keep hitting replay. We can only imagine that its power takes even more shape in their live shows.
The designer Tim Hamilton founded his label in 2007; just over three years later, he has risen to become a leading voice of New York American men’s wear new guard and is now reaching International acclaim.
Tim Hamilton has redesigned the classic 1963 René Lacoste style. His influences for this design come from high-ankle military boots, and reflect elements from Tim’s Redux line whose vision is to marry function with form.
The proportions of a military boot are maintained by extending the paneling of the existing René Lacoste style in an upward direction, multiplying the eyelets and keeping the piping details from the original style. The resulting design is a ground-breaking evolution for the classic René Lacoste 1963.
In keeping with his Redux collection, which in 2010 incorporated tar-dipped boots, Hamilton chooses to use a garment-dyed canvas that gives the shoes a unique feel. Round laces complete what is a simple yet functional take on a time-honoured LACOSTE classic shoe.
Launched in 2002 by Simon ‘Woody’ Wood and acknowledged as the first magazine to document the modern footwear craze as a global phenomenon, Sneaker Freaker has become an unlikely publishing success story. Now also online, it is a daily must-see for sneaker fans everywhere.
For Legends, Sneaker Freaker has created a shoe that celebrates the L.12.12 Polo whist confirming Sneaker Freaker as one of the world’s foremost authorities on sneaker design.
Created on the LACOSTE Cabestan Vulc style – a nautical-esque deck shoe, the uppers are made of premium calf leather mixed with suede. In a twist of contemporary design flair, the collar of the shoe is made of petit piqué cotton and is shaped like the collar of the L.12.12. The toe bumper is mint green, with Sneaker Freaker embossed on the heel. Outdoor styling in the form of flecked hiking laces and ski hooks are mixed with boating influences to create an understated and completely unique shoe. The overall look of the design reflects the eclectic ethos of the Sneaker Freaker phenomenon and its creator Simon ‘Woody’ Wood.
Legendary British fashion and style magazine founded in 1980. Editor-in-Chief Terry Jones has established himself as one of the most innovative creative directors of his generation, from the covers of Vanity Fair and Vogue, where he was art director from 1972-77, to the innovative designs of i-D magazine.
Terry Jones chose to work with the high-top Esteban model. The crocodile provides the inspiration for the scaly croc emboss on premium full-grain leather. Uppers of all-over racing green are contrasted with the white sole and the white i-D logo on the suede heel tab. The look is refined and elegant; a fresh take on classic Lacoste colours with hand-selected materials of the highest quality. This design perfectly reflects the prowess of i-D magazine in the field of design and fashion journalism.
Entrepreneur Jazzie B, OBE, is a household name. But his status is not just due to Top Ten hits and best-selling albums. Along with creating the world-famous sound system Soul II Soul, Jazzie imagined that total look known as the “Funki Dred”. It grows and changes every season, infusing all Jazzie’s endeavours with a unique and vibrant brand.
Jazzie reinterpreted the Broadwick silhouette, a classic LACOSTE court shoe, working in a vulcanized sole that gives it a clean-cut look.
For the upper material, Jazzie chose to work with classic hairy suede in a charcoal shade of grey, lending a sophisticated, clean, retro look to this casual design. In keeping with Jazzie’s trademark style, the ‘Funky Dred’ is foil embossed on the left heel, and ‘Jazzie B’ signature on the right. To further customize the look, each pair comes with two sets of interchangeable laces, one grey and one white. A suede embossed ‘Funki Dred’ tab is attached to the right foot.
An inspirational new footwear design project, LACOSTE Legends brings together six legendary collaborators from the worlds of music, media, design and retail, to create an exclusive footwear collection.
Sharing the LACOSTE values of tenacity, authenticity, modernity and effortless style, together the six contributors are the LACOSTE Legends.
The story of Legends begins with René Lacoste. Reigning tennis champion of the 1920s known as ‘The Crocodile’ for his on-court tenacity, René was a true legend of his time. Famed for his sportsmanship, his spiritedness, elegance and enduring sense of style, René went on to found the eponymous LACOSTE brand that over 75 years later still bears the much-beloved crocodile emblem.
As a prolific inventor off the tennis court, René created the ubiquitous L.12.12 Polo Shirt, utilising state-of-the-art technology to craft it from breathable cotton known as petit piqué. To this day the Polo Shirt remains an icon of the brand, synonymous with quality and style.
Inspired by the legacy of René and the LACOSTE tradition of innovation, the story lives on through the Legends footwear concept that unites six contemporary Legends to pay homage to the great man and the iconic L.12.12 Polo.
Fusing the collection together, each shoe has a tongue crafted from petit piqué cotton, incorporating a woven LACOSTE-branded tab finished with a mother-of-pearl button, referencing the intricate detailing found on the L.12.12 Polo. The six designs reflect the broadly diverse personalities and creative talents of each of the contributors, and confirm their legendary status as the foremost trend-setters and opinion-leaders from across the globe.
The Legends collection goes on sale with selected global distribution on 12.12 - the 12th December 2010.
Located in Boston in the US, Bodega is an iconic spot for urban youth. Hidden behind a traditional “bodega” (convenience store) is a secret sneaker store. A faux Snapple vending machine activates a hidden sliding door – inside is an ultra-modern sneaker store carrying limited edition styles as well as street wear and books on art and design. A truly legendary and fresh approach to retailing with second-to-none consumer care.
For Legends, cult sneaker store Bodega has fashioned a masterful version of LACOSTE’s Broadwick – a court-inspired tennis cup shoe, and one of our most coveted styles.
On the uppers, the Bodega design features a sophisticated woollen pin stripe in deep navy. Contrasting this rich tone, the tan leather trims around the heel tab, collar and lining give an overall feeling of refined styling and clean-cut elegance. Bodega’s signature is embroidered on the heel.
Destination Paris fashion store colette first opened its doors in March 1997, situated at 213 rue Saint-Honoré. Its philosophy is aimed at reinventing the concept of retail, and the tag line “styledesignartfood” is the mantra through which colette has flourished.
colette’s inspiration for their Legends creation came from the LACOSTE crocodile. A sublimation crocodile-skin photoprint design has been superimposed on LACOSTE’s iconic 1963 René Lacoste tennis shoe. Mimicking the scaly reptilian contours of the croc, luxurious colours can be detected in the print including deep lilacs, sky blues and flashes of dark yellow, all intertwined with piping in colette blue. colette’s two-dot logo completes the design adorning the woven heel tab.
Multiplatinum hip-hop artist Soulja Boy, who has 2.5 million Twitter followers and has over 500 million views on YouTube, stopped by The Wall Street Journal to speak with Lee Hawkins as part of “WSJ Weekend Conversations. ” The 20-year-old rapper discussed his strategy when it comes to marketing his new single, “Speakers Going Hammer,” and gave the crowd of fans an unforgettable live performance. The complete interview and live performance can be seen on WSJ.com.
“Speakers Going Hammer” will appear on Soulja Boy’s highly anticipated third studio album, The DeAndre Way, available everywhere November 30th!