A fascinating look inside the album that helped flannel trump leather in rock couture
Kurt Cobain and I were born a month apart.
I’ve lived in Seattle my entire life. I can’t watch this DVD without feeling punched squarely in the gut.
There’s nothing unexpected in this straightforward and entertaining rock doc on the making of Nirvana’s seminal record. Interviews feature surviving members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, producer Butch Vig, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman and Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke (the Ron Jeremy of music docs: you can’t shoot one without him). All share their tales in a straightforward manner, free of nostalgia or palpable emotion.
Which is perfect, really, because the archival concert footage burns with images of Cobain tearing through “Drain You,” et al. And
the crowd’s stagediving theatrics seem poignant now—a reminder of a time when you leapt headlong, trusting you’d be caught.