The Road to Nirvana: The Roots of the Grunge Scene – Part 2: The Rise Of Seattle

This is the second part of The Road to Nirvana, a BBC 6 documentary series about the roots of Nirvana and the grunge scene. Listen to the previous part here: Part 1: The Birth of College Rock.

seattleAmerica, mid-80s. College rock bands are budding all around the country. But something different seems to emerge from the northern city of Seattle. Plagued by hard drugs, high suicide rates, dirty  hair and plaid shirts, its a dismal place to form a band. But it’ll soon become the home of one of the biggest rock’n roll movement ever.

Local bands Green River and Screaming Trees are among the first to define that mix of punk and heavy metal that will form the characteristic sound of grunge. They’re soon followed by others, like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Mudhoney. The newly created Sub Pop record label promotes the city’s very active scene. But it’s a bunch of guys from the small town of Aberdeen who’ll be the first to really make it and achieve world domination: Nirvana, and their charismatic singer Kurt Cobain.

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 The Road to Nirvana – Part 2

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