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Westfield Dad Writes Nirvana Book

From the band’s genesis in Seattle to their superstardom and untimely ending, Nirvana FAQ (March 25, Backbeat Books, $24.99) by John D. Luerssen provides the most in-depth look yet into the history of the band that put grunge on the map.

Founded by friends Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, Nirvana had a rocky start and a succession of drummers, but by the end of 1990, its debut album, Bleach, had garnered international attention and the group's sixth drummer, Dave Grohl, had joined the fold. Following its mentors Sonic Youth to Geffen Records, Nirvana had hoped for modest success. Instead came unexpected wealth and fame on the strength of 1991's Nevermind and its iconic, breakthrough single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Success didn't sit well with Cobain, who began to numb the stresses of rock stardom with heroin. Despite 1993's hit album In Utero, Cobain's unhappiness became increasingly apparent. His suicide in April 1994 shocked the music world and put an end to a band at the height of its popularity.

In Nirvana FAQ, Luerssen answers such questions as: What guitar teacher did Cobain and Novoselic have in common? Where did Cobain record his first demo? What was the cause of his first arrest? How was second guitarist Jason Everman hired and fired? What was the name of Grohl's first band, and where did he meet Cobain and Novoselic? Who is “Teen Spirit” about? How did Nirvana's war with Guns N' Roses begin?

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Released in time for Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, Nirvana FAQ just may be the only book about Nirvana you’ll need own.


John D. Luerssen is an award-winning author and a regular contributor to Rolling Stone. He also has written for Billboard, Spinner, and American Songwriter. His other books include Bruce Springsteen FAQ and U2 FAQ (both published by Backbeat Books) and Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story.  Luerssen lives in Westfield, N.J.


March 25, 2014                   $24.99                   Paperback           6” x 9”                   428 pages            978161734500

B&W photographs throughout


Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group


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