Following the Lamefest UK show at London’s Astoria Theatre, the three bands on the bill—Mudhoney, Tad, and Nirvana—went to an in-store signing event at Rough Trade Records, perhaps the most influential independent record store in the world. “I thought that was such a powerful image,” says Pavitt of the picture of Cobain signing albums and chatting with fans. “You’ve got one of the world’s most famous rock stars ever, and here is this innocent period where he’s just talking about music. It’s a very sweet image, and to go back in time to see people just relating to each other as bands, as friends, as community, it’s really powerful. This is the big rock-star moment of the whole book, and it’s him signing an autograph in a tiny story to a handful of customers. He wasn’t cleaning toilets in Aberdeen, he was signing his record. That’s a big lifestyle shift in six months.”
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