Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum announced a major Nirvana exhibit this week. “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” will run from April 16, 2011 to April 22, 2013, and here is a list of a few of a few artifacts that will be on display, excerpted from the announcement on EMP/SFM’s web site:
• 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.