Earlier this year, I promised to add this article to the archives of this site: my 1993 cover story for Details on Nirvana. I delayed for a variety of reasons–first among them that I find it a hard article to put in context. Reading the piece now, I’m acutely aware of my own youth and inexperience when I wrote it, and of the things Kurt Cobain told me that turned out not to be true. On the other hand, there’s lots of original reporting on one of the major bands of our time, interesting portaits of its members (particularly Dave Grohl, who has become a very different figure since then), ideas that had not yet turned into cliches (I’m thinking particularly of the fan telling Cobain that his music saved his life, and that seeming novel and overwhelming to Cobain), an after-midnight rehearsal, long-forgotten mini-controversies, an extended visit to Cobain’s house, and Grohl’s odd dream about Eddie Vedder.
Anyway, it’s finally up, for the historical record. You can read it here.