This is the fourth and final part of The Road to Nirvana, a BBC 6 documentary series about the roots of Nirvana and the grunge scene. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: The Birth of College Rock, Part 2: The Rise of Seattle, Part 3: The Explosion Of Grunge.
With Nevermind’s huge commercial success, Nirvana had shattered the glass ceiling: it was finally possible for alternative bands to be successful and make a living out of their music. Without it, most of us would have never heard of bands like The White Stripes or The Foo Fighters.
But after Kurt Cobain’s death, grunge fans could only sit and watch in horror at what “alternative” american music was becoming. Greedy and impatient record labels were pushing unimaginative bands to replicate Nirvana’s success. Even metal hair bands – grunge’s nemesis – were dropping glitter for flanel shirts in order to join the bandwagon. Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park… Were they all Nirvana’s fault?
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The Road to Nirvana – Part 4