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'Experiencing Nirvana': Check out never-before-seen photos of Kurt Cobain on Nirvana's first tour of Europe - EXCLUSIVE

Most of the narratives associated with legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain are steeped in tragedy: He was painfully self-conscious about selling out, suffered from a debilitating undiagnosed stomach ailment, struggled with drugs, and ultimately took his own life, leaving an infant daughter behind.

But all those tales came after Nirvana became the biggest band in the world following the overwhelming success of 1991’s Nevermind. There are plenty of stories to be told about the band prior to its ascendence, when they were just another loud bunch of punk kids from Seattle making noise because it was fun.

One of those narratives arises in Experiencing Nirvana, a new ebook (available Tuesday, November 13) featuring photos and recollections by Bruce Pavitt, who co-founded Sub Pop Records, Nirvana’s original label. The book centers around a series of pictures taken by Pavitt over the course of an eight-day run across Europe in the fall of 1989.

Nirvana was on the road with fellow Sub Poppers Tad, both of whom were on a collision course with Mudhoney as part of the label-curated Lamefest UK at London’s Astoria Theatre. The show ended up being a definitive moment for Nirvana; they managed to capture the attention of the taste-making British music press, an accomplishment that built buzz exponentially and started a domino effect that eventually led to the hugeness of Nevermind.

Pavitt’s photos, taken on the fly with a pocket-sized Olympus, reveal a would-be superstar still in development. READ FULL STORY

Woody Guthrie sings on NYC streets: Check out a cool photo gallery from 1943

woody-guthrieImage Credit: Life.comThis Sunday, Oct. 3, is the anniversary of Woody Guthrie‘s death at age 55 in 1967. In honor of the great radical folkie, has put together an amazing gallery of photos from their archives.

Taken in 1943 by photographer Eric Schaal, these rare images show Guthrie singing to the young and old citizens of New York City in subway cars, pubs, and playgrounds, accompanied only by his fascist-slaying acoustic guitar. Everyday places like these, rather than a spotlit stage, were his true element. How many rock stars can say the same today?

Yet Guthrie’s fearless protest music has inspired generations of activists and singers, including many famous names. Without him, the careers of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Wilco, Phil Ochs, and Billy Bragg would have looked very different, to name just a few. So take a moment today to browse these photos and remember a late legend in his prime.

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Justin Timberlake makes his directorial debut with tequila ads: Exclusive photos!

Justin Timberlake has scored some choice roles as an actor lately — did you catch him in that trailer for The Social Network? But he’s never gone behind the camera until now. Timberlake is making his directorial debut with a new ad campaign for 901 Silver Tequila, the liquor brand he launched last year. The “At Liberty” campaign features three spots directed by the singer. And we have the first-ever sneak peeks of Justin on the set right here.

justin-timberlake-ad-1Image Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Yarbrough/901 Silver TequilaIn the first image, above, he’s sitting in the director’s chair for a spot called “Improved by Use.” According to press materials, this ad “singles out one man among a crowd of followers. Surrounded by the ordinary, his presence symbolizes superior quality and the desire to strive higher.” READ FULL STORY

Live Aid 1985 photo gallery: What's your favorite?

Madonna-live-aid-1985_l Twenty-four years ago today, the original Live Aid concerts brought an impressive lineup of stars to London and Philadelphia to raise money for hunger in Africa. Now, you might argue that the appropriate time to commemorate this event would be next July 13, Live Aid’s proper 25th anniversary. But why wait when EW’s corporate sibling, Life, has just put together such a cool gallery of photos from the 1985 concerts?

Click over for an assortment of youthful-looking megastars. Bono chatting up some policewomen while wearing a ridiculous hat! Ozzy Osbourne bathing in purest Evian! Paul McCartney striking a pose with David Bowie! And, of course, Madonna rocking a serious hairdo and an even serious-er tambourine (pictured above)!

Go check out all 35 snapshots, then weigh in: Which ones are your favorites? Were any of you there at the original Live Aid shows back in ’85?

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New York Dolls, Hold Steady go yum-o at Rachael Ray's SXSW day party

Rachael Ray’s second annual day party (sponsored, everyone should know, by Rose’s Mojitos) was set to kick off at noon on Saturday, and half an hour before the doors were scheduled to open, the line stretched literally around the block. I was about to write “inexplicably stretched literally around the block,” but it’s not hard to figure out how this event has become a SXSW powerhouse. You can start with the free food and drink — this year, chilaquiles shared stomach space with those infamous mini burgers — but then go ahead and throw in a consistently excellent lineup of bands that make it hard to dislike the lifestyle maven, despite her blatantly transparent agenda. I mean, her husband does front a rock band. And if you had the ability to let your husband’s rock band open for, say, New York Dolls and The Hold Steady, would you not use it?

Indeed, John Cusimano was the luckiest guy in Austin today, as his unfortunately named band The Cringe scored a prime slot on a patio packed with fans of those two better-known groups — though jury’s still out on whether he managed to do anything particularly memorable with it. The downstairs stage, meanwhile, played host to a flock of worthy up-and-comers including Ra Ra Riot and Airborne Toxic Event, smartly cross-programmed against NYD/THS in order to give the kidz something to enjoy. “If I’m drinking coffee at a show, isn’t that way too f—ing early?” asked Thermals singer/guitarist Hutch Harris during their opening set of repetitive but bouncy rock. The answer might be found in the way I recoiled at the near-dozen members of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros: I like enthusiastic L.A. hipsters funnying about with the 1960s as much as the next girl, but they were way too merry for that hour, even if their expansive soundcheck (“Okay, now can I hear the trumpet?”) was decent entertainment in and of itself.

Details of New York Dolls — declared by Ray to be “possibly the greatest band on the planet” — and the Hold Steady after the jump…


Metallica not-so-secretly rock SXSW: EW photo blog!

It was the worst-kept secret of the week: Activision’s Guitar Hero: Metallica premiere at Stubbs Friday night would not simply feature a “special appearance by members of” the veteran metal band, as the posters suggested, but would in fact consist of a big ol’ rock show involving instruments free of primary-colored buttons, and men made not of pixels but skin. SXSW is infamous for producing outlandish rumors — omg Tom Morello and David Byrne are playing a set of Pink Floyd covers at the Perez Hilton party tonight! — but the enormous trucks and trailers parked outside the humble barbecue restaurant were all the proof anyone needed that this one would turn out to be head-bangingly true, and kids were lined up pretty much all day to get in. “Surprise,” drawled frontman James Hetfield sarcastically as the band took the stage, wasting little time before using “Creeping Death” to whip everyone into the obligatory chorus of “Die! Die! Die!” … but it was a cheerful chorus, as fans and band alike had a tough time wiping the awkward wow-you’re-close-to-me-right-now grins off their faces.

After a quick demonstration of the new video game courtesy of three contest winners introduced as “the luckiest virgins you will ever see in your life,” the real Metallica motored through a fairly predictable 90 minute set of songs for the 2000+ fans, journalists, Sandra Bullocks, and formerly dreadlocked members of N’Sync who packed the backyard, as well as the hundreds who didn’t make it through the gates but lined streets and nearby rooftops to catch a distant whiff. Oldies like “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Sad But True” flanked newer material like “Cyanide” with everything at its usual gut-rumbling level of intensity, and it was hard not to giggle halfway through when Hetfield asked the crowd if they were “ready for heavy,” as though he’d been playing Colbie Caillat covers or something before. Could the sweetness of the southland and the elbow-rubbing culture of SXSW turn one of rock’s tetchiest bands all hippie and soft? Nah. I am proud to announce that as soon as “Seek and Destroy” came to its inevitable end, the four members of Metallica walked off stage, out the back door of Stubbs, and into four separate black SUVs that pulled away before half the folks assembled on the sidewalk could get their flip cams turned on. Guess that means me and Lars aren’t hitting the taco truck later.

Pictures have disappeared from this blog thanks to a server transfer adventure, but do visit the author’s Flickr page for photographic proof that what Hetfield called a “young, struggling band from Norway” might make it big someday…


Decemberists debut 'The Hazards of Love' at SXSW


SXSW ’09 kicked off under sunny skies Wednesday as the music industry descended on Austin to see new bands, meet new people, and spend more time milling around a convention center in four days than most people do in a lifetime. Though the effects of the ongoing recession could perhaps be felt in the (blissfully) feather-light weight of the annual swag bag, the lines for wristbands and credentials still snaked long with skinny-jeaned attendees poking at their iPhones, and 6th Street — closed to traffic a day early, if I’m not mistaken — hosted plenty of cacophonous day-party-meets-spring-break nonsense well into the early morn.

The de facto main event for Night One was the NPR Music party at Stubbs, where, sitting in the spot occupied last year by a little band named R.E.M., we found the always-ambitious Decemberists setting out to play their new album/rock opera, The Hazards of Love, from start to finish. I purposely did not listen to my advance stream of this, instead counting the days until I could witness Colin Meloy and his able shipmates — now featuring Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden — do it live on stage. I’m so glad I waited: Though I have no earthly idea what the story is about, I’ve rarely felt so compelled to concentrate on the sounds exploding in front of me to the exclusion of all else (including the drunk guy trying to fall off Stubbs’ roof), and a quick glance at the rapt, upturned faces of the backyard crowd confirmed I wasn’t alone. There was just something hypnotic about the challege of a performance that swirled together harpsichord and steel guitar and chimes and thunderous drums and a (pre-recorded) children’s choir and two gorgeous guest-ladies in costumes as, out front, the newly mutton-bechopped Meloy guided us through with his fairy-tale voice to a climax that swelled to the heavens.

It was a ride I can’t wait to take again, and you can take it, too: Thanks to the magic of the intertubes, the whole show will be archived on NPR’s site at some point soon. Be sure to tune in for opening sets by the always kick-ass Heartless Bastards and the Avett Brothers. Actually, I wasn’t sure what I thought of the latter’s Appalachian punk thing at first — Dave Grohl fronting a jug band? Flogging Molly if there was no electricity? — but once they quit with the hollering and sang pretty songs, I liked them much better. Anyway. Pictures after the jump!

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