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Did I Listen to Nirvana Because I Was Angry? Or Was I Angry Because I Listened to Nirvana?

Did I Listen to Nirvana Because I Was Angry? Or Was I Angry Because I Listened to Nirvana?

Ladies and gentlemen, the opening chapter of A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock n Roll:

I had tickets to see Nirvana in concert when Kurt Cobain killed himself. My friend and I had been looking forward to the show for months—it had already been postponed once—so the news of his death threw me even more than it might have otherwise.

I’ll never forget where I was when I heard: riding on a train in Germany, where my family was living at the time, and spying the headline in the newspaper of the passenger sitting next to me. I…

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Be Not Afraid, O Ye Stone Temple Pilots

Be Not Afraid, O Ye Stone Temple Pilots

I don’t think anyone ever expected Stone Temple Pilots to be more than a 90s punchline. But here we are, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Core (their worst record), and as derivative as the band may have initially appeared, their music has dated infinitely better than that of their humorless post-grunge peers. They’re no nostalgia act. In writing about their 2003 singles collection Thank You, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of All Music Guide put it well:

“[Other bands] certainly had more indie credibility, but great pop music isn’t about credibility; it’s how the music sounds, and STP made music…

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