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Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 09/23/2011

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)
Nirana’s “Nevermind,” the album that steamrolled pop music in 1991, turns 20 years old this weekend. To celebrate, Universal Music will issue a deluxe edition that promises to pour a fresh layer of cement atop the mythology of “Nevermind” as the Last Album That Changed the World.

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.


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