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Of Grunge & Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!by Krist Novoselic
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Although Krist Novoselic will undoubtedly be forever best known as a member of Nirvana, his accomplishments go far beyond that remarkable achievement. Nirvana was a band with a conscience, and as a major label act they regularly played benefits — the first Rock For Choice show, a major concert in support of gay rights, and a legendary gig that raised money for the Balkan Women's Aid Fund.
In 1995, Novoselic founded JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political Action Committee), a proactive organization that advocated on behalf of Washington state's music community. Novoselic's work with JAMPAC helped Seattle club owners find ways to host all-ages shows, and was instrumental in helping to overturn the infamous Teen Dance Ordinance. And sometimes making music and making a statement go hand in hand, as when Novoselic, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, and drummer Gina Mainwal backed Jello Biafra as the "No W.T.O. Combo" at a show performed during the World Trade Organization conference held in Seattle in 1999.
There have been other musical endeavors since Nirvana, as well as new causes (Novoselic is a strong supporter of electoral reform, an issue he writes about extensively on his website). The one constant is Novoselic's desire to continue making progressive contributions to the community — and to keep on making good music.
"[L]ucid, unpretentious and, as the architect Louis Sullivan once described the ideal of democracy, 'thrillingly sane.'" Sarah Vowell, The New York Times Book Review
One part memoir, one part political platform, the bass player of Nirvana — the most heralded and influential rock band of the past twenty years — tells the story of his own musical and political coming-of-age. From his relationship to Kurt Cobain to his evolution as a political activist, Novoselic's passion, intelligence, and integrity come shining through in this moving and inspirational book.
A founding member of world-famous rock band Nirvana demands representative democracy.
Cultural Studies. Music. One part memoir, one part political platform, the bass player of Nirvana-the most heralded and influential rock band of the past 20 years-tells the story f his own musical and political coming-of-age. From his relationship to Kurt Cobain to his evolution as a political activist, Novoselic's passion, intelligence and integrity come shining through in this moving and inspirational book. Though Krist Novoselic will undoubtedly be forever best known as a member of Nirvana, his accomplishments go far beyond that remarkable achievement.
About the Author
Krist Novoselic was born in Compton, California, in 1965 and grew up in Croatia and Aberdeen, Washington. He was a founding member of the legendary rock band Nirvana. Along with bandmates Kurt Cobain and David Grohl, Novoselic helped to change the course of music history in 1992 when Nirvana snapped up Billboard Magazine's number one spot with their highly acclaimed album Nevermind, which went on to sell millions of copies around the world. Nirvana opened the doors for a new generation of musicians and bands. After Nirvana, Novoselic went on to become one of rock music's most politically minded musicians. He has committed himself to numerous community projects and is now an influential political voice in Washington State. Of Grunge & Government is Krist Novoselic's first book. He currently lives in Southwest Washington State.
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