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Friday, July 27, 2007

Who turned you on to Nirvana?

I was just reading the Chicago Reader email newsletter, and I came across this story about Chicago photographer Jason Lazarus and his Nirvana Project. Lazarus is collecting found photos of the "cultural mavens" who first introduced a generation of kids to Nirvana. Here's an excerpt from the story (I think it's from the Reader's music column):

Lazarus is mostly dealing with people in a narrow age range, from their late 20s to early 30s — old enough to have cared about the alt-rock explosion, but young enough to have needed a gatekeeper to guide them through their first revelatory experiences of nonmainstream culture. His Nirvana Project focuses on that gatekeeper — the boyfriend, the friend of an older sibling, whoever — as a way of addressing the universal adolescent experience of developing an independent personal identity. Each piece is a blown-up print of the original photo of somebody's "culture maven," accompanied by Lazarus's handwritten version of the tale behind it.

Sounds very cool. There's an email address where you can contact him.

July 27, 2007 at 02:47 PM in House Rules | Permalink


It's kind of an odd project. Did anyone really need a "confidant-in-the-know" to be turned onto Nirvana? Nevermind was the #1 album in the country. It was everywhere. Radio, MTV, blasting out of cars, etc. It's sort of like doing a project on who turned you onto Michael Jackson.

If Lazarus wanted to focus on that time period and generation, he should have done a Pixies Project rather than a Nirvana Project.

Posted by: Murf | Aug 2, 2007 1:01:36 AM


Although I bought Bleach on cassette when I was a sophomore -- just 'cause I liked the cover. I was kinda shocked when a year or so later the goodie-goodie kids were rocking "Teen Spirit."

But I guess we should save this kind of nitpicking for our music blogs...

Posted by: casey | Aug 3, 2007 5:34:37 PM

I first heard about Nirvana before it was the #1 band in the country. Although I can't remember if it was my older cousin or my dorky friend who later became a born-again Christian who turned me on to them...

Posted by: Cathy Resmer | Aug 5, 2007 10:52:35 AM

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