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April 29, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
No matter how fierce your devotion to popular culture, odds are you've never heard of Samuel Bayer, who makes his feature directing debut Friday with the reboot of "A Nightmare on Elm Street." But you're almost certainly familiar with his work. A prolific commercial and music-video director, Bayer has been responsible for some of the most memorable images of the last 20 years: Kurt Cobain thrashing around a gym in Nirvana's music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; the bespectacled girl in a bumblebee tutu finding elusive companionship in Blind Melon's "No Rain" video.
"I don't want my daughter to grow up and someday be hassled by kids at school . . . I don't want people telling her that her parents were junkies." Kurt Cobain, the 25-year-old leader of the acclaimed and hugely successful rock group Nirvana, is sitting in the living room of his Hollywood Hills apartment, holding Frances, his and Courtney Love's 4-week-old baby. It's Cobain's first formal interview in almost a year, and it takes time to open up.
"Nirvana," the giddy new installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Tokyo- and New York-based artist Mariko Mori, seamlessly fuses East with West, tradition with iconoclasm, and ancient philosophy with modern ideals, all in heady and ingratiating ways.
January 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Amid the splintered drum sticks and empty coffee cups littering his Northridge recording studio, Dave Grohl contemplated the enormous mixing desk before him. The Foo Fighters frontman looked at the seemingly endless rows of faders and dials on the console, admiring it like a car lover might a vintage Aston Martin. "I consider that board to be responsible for the person I am today," said the former drummer of Nirvana. "Had it not been for that board, who knows what 'Nevermind' would've sounded like.
August 30, 2009 | Krista Simmons
The previous night's winter storm has subsided, and the rising sun now punctures holes in the morning mist, casting the lush karri forest in a gentle silhouette. With the windows open, I cruise down the eucalyptus-lined highway. My eyes are on the road, but my mind is on the mission. I am prospecting for black gold. And I will find it here in Western Australia, 3 1/2 hours south of Perth. This is not the outsized outback of red dirt and snapping crocs and sweltering heat. South-Western Australia is a distinct territory -- verdant, enchanting and largely untouched . The treasure lies in the Great Southern Forests region, in groves of oak and hazelnut trees, away from the typical tourist spots of Oz. Sometimes, I think I am the sole proprietor of this secret, but then I remember that Thomas Keller, Ferran Adrià and Michael Mina know it too -- so well that they're already using Western Australia's Périgord black truffles, this black gold, this diamond of the kitchen, in their restaurants around the world.
January 11, 2004
Robert HILBURN makes a comparison between Nirvana's massive success and the relatively small sales of bands like the White Stripes, Strokes and Hot Hot Heat, stating that their slack performance is largely the result of being muscled out of the charts by hip-hop ("Can Rock Come Back?," Jan. 4). The reason these bands aren't selling as much as Nirvana is simple: Their songs aren't as widely appealing. Nirvana's songs are some of the greatest popular tunes (as in Cole Porter, Bacharach, Lennon-McCartney)
July 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A business management and accounting firm has sued Courtney Love for nearly $1 million, claiming she failed to pay them a share of profits from the sale of Nirvana's publishing catalog. Love is the widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. The five-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week claims she sold a portion of his share of Nirvana's publishing catalog for $19.5 million. Los Angeles-based London & Co. alleges Love broke an oral contract to share 5% of any of her earnings or those from her company, the End of Music.
November 27, 1993
Is Depeche Mode in danger of becoming obsolete? ("Mode's Unsatisfying Success," Nov. 22.) Possibly. They are in danger of being outdated, just as is any other rock group such as Nirvana or Pearl Jam, but Depeche Mode has been around for 13 years and survived the different phases of rock, such as the new romantics (early '80s), bubble-gum rock (Bon Jovi, Poison; mid-'80s), rap, Manchester, techno and now the grunge phase. Robert Hilburn is under the false impression that Depeche Mode has copied U2 in the way they have staged their new tour.
December 26, 1993 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Nirvana, whose breakthrough collection "Nevermind" finished second to U2's "Achtung Baby" in 1991's album-of-the-year poll, hits the top in 1993 with its follow-up, "In Utero." The Seattle trio and the close-second Smashing Pumpkins spearheaded a resurgence of alternative rock in the annual balloting of The Times' pop music contributors.
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