Ongoing History Daily: The almost-merger of Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr.

The cool thing about music history is that we can always learn something new about what happened in the past. J Mascis heads up indie darlings Dinosaur Jr.

They were heroes to so many up-and-coming bands in the late 80s. That includes Kurt Cobain. He was such a fan of what J was doing that he asked him to join Nirvana not once but twice. J was flattered but turned Kurt down. And why not? Dinosaur Jr was a much bigger indie band than Nirvana at the time. However, this turned out to be a good thing for Nirvana. It’s suggested by some that since Kurt couldn’t have J in the band, he’d try to start writing more like him. And when Dinosaur Jr signed to a major label, it made Kurt feel better about eventually doing the same thing.

It does, however, make you wonder what Nirvana would have become if J Mascis had joined the band.

Friday’s Ongoing History Daily post talked about some weird ancient censorship ideas.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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