Book Review: Experiencing Nirvana


Experiencing Nirvana
By Bruce Pavitt
(hardcover) $34.95

Written by Sub Pop Records’ cofounder, this large, hardcover book features two dozen never-before-seen black and white photographs of Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad by renowned photographer Steve Double, taken the breakthrough night of Sub Pop’s LameFest UK, held at London’s Astoria Theatre, on Dec. 3, 1989. The book is an inside look into a crucial eight-day period in the touring life of Nirvana. In this brief period, the young band goes from breaking up in Rome to winning over the influential British music press, setting the stage for their imminent popularity. Both the live performance shots and candid snaps are, after all these years, a real kick to behold.