Interviewer: "What and who is Nirvana? How would you describe your music?"

Chad Channing: "Me and two friends, Kurt and Krist. Nirvana, well, I can give you the meaning. It’s kind of like, it’s like the freedom from, like, all pain and desire, you know? Just a perfect place between peace and your mind, I guess. I would describe it more like Heavy Pop."

Kurt Cobain: "A three-piece underground alternative grunge rock band from Seattle, Washington, or the outskirts of Seattle, Washington. That’s about it. That’s what we are. We play very powerful high-energy type of rock and roll. We move around on stage a lot, and just scream with an abandon, I guess."

Krist Novoselic: "Three guys from Puget Sound area: Olympia, Bainbridge Island and Tacoma. Nirvana is a seven letter word and Nirvana is a, concept. We play rock ‘n’ roll music without inhibition and without distraction, just like pure stuff. That’s a heavy question."

Donovan and Alice Cooper, working on the track “Billion Dollar Babies,” 1972.

I was making Cosmic Wheels with Mickie Most at Morgan Studios in 1972. Alice Cooper was downstairs making an album; I didn’t know who he was. Word came up that a band was downstairs and that they would love to meet me. 

Alice introduced himself and he played me the track, and it had this huge sound to it. Alice said, “Would you like to try a vocal?” I thought he meant a background vocal. I said, “It is very hard to climb on top of those guitars. I am going to have to do a falsetto.” Alice told me to have a go at it. I went in and sang this piercing falsetto and sang, “Biiillllion dollllar babbbbieeeees.” Alice said, “That’s it man, let’s record.” I think I did about half the vocals on that song.

The rest of the interview here.

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Iron Maiden |

"Sun and Steel"

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Pagan Altar: “In the Wake of Armadeus”

Demo, 1981

Masterful stuff.

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