Thoroughly recommend this book for real Nirvana fans. It is essentially just a book of pictures but there are some lovely ones in there, lots of candid shots and personal photos, the book is presented lovely and great quality. Mine did have half a page ripped out for some unknown reason but I'm sure I just got a bad one!
This is a wonderful book and a great historical document on the early days of of grunge. Most of the photos are taken by Bruce Pavitt (Subpop co founder) during eight days of the Subpop 'heavier than heaven' Nirvana/Tad/ and Mudhoney late 1989 tour. Some of the shots are out of focus as the author explains that he shot them in a rather unprofessional spontaneous manner but the majority of the images are superb and extremely insightful of the period.
The book is essentially a tour diary with images and commentary. Thanks to Bruce Pavitt's photography we as the reader really do get to feel the atmosphere of the clubs that Nirvana/Tad and Mudhoney played in as he took pics of some of the venues and the crowd which really captures the tone and atmosphere of the tour. Some of the pictures are also quite intimate , especially of Kurt, looking tired/jaded and vulnerable in places. The author also took photos of the cities he travelled in revealing the architecture and fashions of the time. One of the best pictures in the book is from Rome (during a day off) which adorns the front cover. It is a fantastic image and is blown up in the book for a lovely page spread.
Furthermore some of the best Nirvana pictures of all time are presented in this book thanks to Steve Doubles highly professional and stylised b/w crisp photos of Nirvana performing at the London Astoria (3/12/89). All three bands had by then gained UK press exposure and some article excerpts are featured towards the end of the book. The book then finishes on an article written about Nirvana in the December 1989 edition of the Rocket (the bands first cover story in the paper). I really recommend this book to Nirvana fans as it really captures a terrific piece of micro-history in their career before the fame came. Lovers of early Subpop records and grunge will love it! Thank you to the author for releasing this book!