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Come As You Aren’t: Nirvana at Isle Of Calf Festival, Oslo

Everett True, Melody Maker, 25 July 1992

THEY DON'T DESERVE THIS. Forget any reports you may have heard that rock is alive and kicking. The world’s only credible arena rock band is close to cracking. Kurt Cobain is barely able to cope with the restraints of his position, the kids who are out there watching his band because Guns N’Roses aren’t in town till next week and Bryan Adams was on yesterday. His band are afraid to play any new songs, knowing that – if they do – bootlegs will hit the streets running. So, numbed by the intensity of their unlooked-for role as some kinda spokesmen, Nirvana attempt to inject meaning into the old as best they can.

Total word count of piece: 1767


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