Nirvana’s “Nevermind” at 20: Change kept coming after the album that changed everything

Is this really the last album that changed the world? (Courtesy of DGC Records)

It’s not.

Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic blew America’s unwashed hair back when Nirvana’s major-label debut arrived on Sept. 24, 1991, but “Nevermind” wasn’t the last album to profoundly change popular music. Dr. Dre and Garth Brooks were already reshaping the landscape alongside the Seattle trio. Even if “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” failed to make the same rumble as “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the tectonic plates of culture were still grinding.


Read the full story from this Sunday’s Washington Post by clicking here.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.


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