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5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful but very sad, 2 Sept. 2009
I owned this as a 15 year old generation x-er who was obssessed with Nirvana and watched it all the time completely unaware of what it actually depicts.
If you were a fan back in the day then get this: it is the last time a genuine musical act made it big and when long hair and being trashy wasn't some pre packaged emo crap that every one in or insert the name of any pseudo-relevant student town was wearing. The best bits are the bits that would never be allowed today - Territorial Pissings instead of Lithium on The Jonathan Ross show, mimed Teen Spirit on TOTP. These are the acts of a band who, despite of course actually wanting to be successful, were trying to genuinely make a point as to the percieved plasticity of the ever evil 'industry'.
The thing about this though is that you totally understand what happened to KC, as a kid I wasn't deep enough but it shows someone who has strong beliefs and a clear ethic being ruined by success. Its clihe I know but it's true. They look so lost at those massive arena shows when they are clearly much more suited to smaller venues.
In summary, this was a great visit back to my days of learning their entire back catalogue on guitar and giving pretend concerts in my bedroom but mostly served as a big slap in the face. Never again will genuinely passionate guitar music be so hugely in the media spotlight. It is sad that we are stuck now with bands like Oasis, Kings of whatever, Razorblah, the Killers or whatever nonsense is purged annually into the embarrasingly overblown 'alternative' scene.
It is a great watch and essential to anyone who ever was into them.