The secrets behind Kurt Cobain‘s guitar tone on Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit

Kurt Cobain
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The effect that Nirvana’s sophomore album Nevermind had upon popular music a few months after its release on September 24, 1991, cannot be overstated. 

By January 11, 1992, it knocked “the king of pop” Michael Jackson out of the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart while simultaneously hammering a final nail in the coffin for hair metal’s reign as grunge began to dominate hard rock in the early '90s. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.