Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Inducts NirvanaMichael Stipe of R.E.M. Inducts Nirvana at the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Inducts Nirvana00:06:12
Nirvana Acceptance Speeches00:09:01
Hall of Fame Essay
This is what Nirvana singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain thought of institutional honors in rock & roll: When his band was photographed for the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time, in early 1992, he arrived wearing a white T-shirt on which he’d written, “corporate magazines still suck” in black marker.
The slogan was his twist on one coined by the punk-rock label SST: “Corporate Rock Still Sucks.” The hastily arranged photo session, held by the side of a road during a manic tour of Australia, was later recalled by photographer Mark Seliger: “I said to Kurt, I think that’s a great shirt... but let’s shoot a couple with and without it.’ Kurt said, ‘No, I’m not going to take my shirt off.’”
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