From the Stacks

From the Stacks: Nirvana Bootlegs

Nirvana Beautiful Demise front

Nirvana is one of those bands whose bootlegs I always pick up, and I’m not entirely sure why.

I was never a Nirvana super fan, though I liked them. The whole “voice of a generation” thing really put me off. Their songs were great, though, no denying that.

I think it comes down to this: Their career was so short that every show seems valuable. There just weren’t that many. Also, I really enjoy bootlegs, but that’s too simple of an explanation.

In this pile we have the following:

  • Beautiful Demise: This one captures a 10/26/1993 show at Milwaukee’s Mecca Auditorium and 9/23/1993 rehearsals for their appearance on Saturday Night Live. Value: $30-40
  • Come As Your Are Unauthorized: There are a few boots named “Come As You Are.” This one is pretty common, and is pulled from the SNL rehearsals, the MTV Unplugged gig, and a 12/13/1993 Seattle gig at Pier 48 for a show called MTV Live and Loud. Value: $5-8
  • Limited Single Rare Tracks: A pretty cool 20 track compilation, most (if not all) of which are available elsewhere. Value: $20-25
  • New Year’s Eve: Here we get early Nirvana, specifically a 12/28/1988 show at Seattle’s Hollywood Underground, and a later New Year’s set from 12/31/1993 at Oakland Coliseum. Value: $15-20
  • Pay to Play: A great collection of demos, studio outtakes, and Courtney’s eulogy for her husband. Value: $10-15
  • The Masquerade: A 5/6/1990 show at Altanta’s Masquerade. Chad Channing is on drums here, so that’s kind of cool. Kurt death scene photos? Not so cool. Value: $20-$25


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