The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 759: Nevermind, the Recording Sessions

On September 24, 1991, DGC dropped a recorded called Nevermind into the stores, shipping exactly 46,521 copies to stores around the world. There were modest hopes of the release. If it managed to one day sell 100,000 units, that would be considered an unqualified success.

That didn’t happen. Nevermind soon started selling 300,000 a week and by January would be the #1 album in the world, bumping Michael Jackson out of the top spot on the charts. Nirvana’s second record–now considered a classic–ended up changing everything.

For the 25th anniversary of its release, I thought we’d go back into the studio with Nirvana to see how Nevermind was made. We’ll look at the recording sessions that went into making this iconic album, the actual methods used in capturing these songs, track by track. You may never listen to the record the same way again.

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We’re still looking for more affiliates in Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

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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