The end of Nirvana has been told many times, but almost always in a truncated form. The story usual begins with Kurt’s overdose in Rome and then ends with his death a month later. But all those accounts come in as pretty standard narratives. Surely there must be an oral history that can be written, featuring the remembrances and opinions of people who were actually there.
Now there is. I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana by Nick Soulsby features interviews with over 150 musicians who were in some way associated with the band—and he learned some interesting stuff. There were more than a dozen people considered for the position of drummer until Dave Grohl showed up. He talked to the guy who hosted Nirvana’s first-ever gig. And there’s some really interesting stories from tours through Brazil and Argentina. I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana by Nick Soulsby is available now.