Nirvana: The Recording Sessions

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“… manna from heaven” Kerrang!

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  • Nirvana: The Recording Sessions
  • Author: Rob Jovanovic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Price: £14.99
  • Publication Date: 20 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780956642066

Praise for the original hardback:
“… a brilliant overview of the band’s musical output” – NME
“Exhaustive and impeccably researched” – Metal Hammer
“… manna from heaven” –  Kerrang!

Most books about Nirvana concentrate on Kurt Cobain’s short tragic life and suicide. This one puts Nirvana’s music centre stage and traces the evolution of their songs.

Over 40 recording sessions, including private recordings, made between 1982 and 1994 are painstakingly analyzed, from Kurt Cobain’s first bedroom four-track demos and early rarities such as the legendary Fecal Matter tape all the way through to the “new” tracks including the With The Lights Out box set, Live At Reading, the 20th Anniversary Edition of Nevermind and the expanded Bleach.

The author draws on hours of interviews with those who worked on Nirvana’s sessions, including engineers, producers, guest musicians and other collaborators.

When first published in hardback by Helter Skelter in 2004, Nirvana: The Recording Sessions gained a prestigious Certificate Of Merit from the American Association For Recorded Sound Collections in the category for Best Rock Research. This new paperback edition published by Soundcheck Books brings the story bang up to date and includes an updated discography in addition to the “new” recordings information.

Rob Jovanovic is a well-respected full-time music writer having published books on Beck, R.E.M. and the Velvet Underground amongst others. He has worked with publishers as diverse as Orion, Aurum and Piatkus, as well as numerous music magazines. He lives outside of Nottingham and, as a Forest fan, lives life in a state of perpetual disappointment.

For more information or for author interviews, please contact Phil Godsell at Soundcheck Books; email him at or call on +44 (0)7880 792259