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Nirvana

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  • Year:
    2014
  • Inducted by:
    Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2014

David Fricke

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.’”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2014
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It is the highest calling for an artist to capture a moment, to embrace and define their time.

Michael Stipe

Photography: Getty/WireImage

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