Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE SYMPHONY PAYS HOMAGE TO SEATTLE’S MUSICAL LEGACY TONIGHT

The Seattle Times
Sonic Evolution is a new and ambitious undertaking by the Seattle Symphony. The 6-year-long project features composers from around the world creating new symphonic music based on the work of legendary Seattle artists, with the results performed by the Seattle Symphony. Those being honored include Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana, among many others. By presenting the project, the Seattle Symphony hopes to bring popular music of major historic significance to symphonic audiences, and attract a new audience to the concert hall. Up-and-coming Seattle artists will be given the chance to work alongside the Symphony, performing their new work during the series as well. The first pieces commissioned for this season will debut TONIGHT, October 18th with a guest performance by Hey Marseilles.

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VIDEO FROM EMP’S NEVERMIND 20TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT SHOW

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Last night, music fans gathered at EMP to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s seminal album, Nevermind. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic hosted the affair, which saw performances by local bands like The Presidents of the United States of America, The Fastbacks, Ravenna Woods, The Long Winters, and many more paying homage to the album that help put Seattle on the map as a City of Music. The event was also a fundraiser for local luminary Susie Tennant, who is battling ovarian cancer. Above is a video of last night’s concert, which was recorded via livestream.

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JON STEWART INTERVIEWS REMAINING NIRVANA MEMBERS
August 25, 2011, 2:16 pm
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New York Times
As a way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, Jon Stewart has invited the living members of the legendary music ensemble to his XM radio lair.  Stewart, along with band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as Nevermind’s producer Butch Vig, will all be present for an open conversation, which will touch on topics like the caliber of success the famed band reached, Grohl’s transition to lead singer of the Foo Fighter, and surely much more.   The interview is all in preparation for the Nirvana-centric SiriusXM radio station, Nevermind Radio, launching in September for several days.

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KURT COBAIN HONORED WITH PATCH OF LAND
July 29, 2011, 12:52 pm
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One Thirty BPM
City Council in Aberdeen, Washington, had an atypical decision to make this week. Efforts to name a bridge where late Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain could be found sleeping in the height of his glory days were squashed; the council voted 10-1 against the proposal. Although titling the initial landmark was vetoed, his legacy still made the cut elsewhere in his small hometown. A petite patch of land in the Wishkah River, a location that inspired the title From The Muddy Banks Of Wishkah, is now named after the famed and troubled talent. Die-hard fans rejoice!

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SPIN CELEBRATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF NIRVANA’S NEVERMIND
July 28, 2011, 10:21 am
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SPIN
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind was released, forever changing our musical landscape. The August issue of SPIN is a big love letter to Nevermind and gives a lengthy retrospective of how the album and the band affected both musicians and popular culture alike. It even explains Nirvana’s influence on the rap scene. Included online is a free download of a Nirvana tribute album curated by SPIN titled Newermind. It features covers from some of Kurt Cobains personal heroes like the Meat Puppets and the Vaselines, along with newer artists such as Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood, Amanda Palmer, Seattle’s own Telekinesis, and many more.

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JIMI HENDRIX AND KURT COBAIN MEMORABILIA AUCTIONED OFF ONLINE
July 13, 2011, 9:52 am
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The Seattle Times
The Gotta Have It! Rock & Roll Auction is auctioning off a collection of rare items from some of music’s most celebrated artists. Seattle-based rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain both have a slew of memorabilia up for sale. Hendrix’s guitar strap from the guitar he burned onstage at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival is currently going for $50,000; there are also authentic arrest documents from a visit to Sweden, signed photographs and ticket stubs, handbills and photo sets up for auction. One of Cobain’s smashed guitars from 1993 is on the block as well (for a cool $50,000), in addition to a Nirvana set list hand-annotated by the tragic frontman and original photos of the band.



EMP SCREENS ICONIC GRUNGE DOCUMENTARY NEXT WEEK

EMP
Hype! came out in 1996 soon after the, um, hype surrounding grunge music pushed the genre into the mainstream and simultaneously thrust Seattle into the national spotlight. Director Doug Pray masterfully captured the history and development of the movement and how the subsequent media exposure eventually led to public backlash. Documented are key interviews and performances by bands that put grunge on the map, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Tad, Fastbacks, and many more. An excellent companion piece to the EMP’s current exhibit, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, the museum will screen Hype! next week with Pray in attendance to participate in a post-screening Q & A.

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