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Nirvana at the EMP

Today, I took my dad to the EMP! This was his very first EMP experience, and what a great debut: the new Nirvana exhibit opened today at noon. To welcome the new gallery, us folks who run Sing Along Dance Along rocked out to grunge hits in the newly renovated Sky Church (my dad even danced in his own way). The new Sky Church screen is really amazing…basically a MASSIVE movie theater screen, instead of a series of panels like it used to be. While we self-moshed on the dance floor, images of the Nirvana band members loomed in the back of us. It felt like we were dedicating our dance to them.

The Nirvana exhibit is really stellar. There are so many obscure items within it: where does all of it come from, and how did the EMP get it? That’s what I want to know! For example, the angel figurine off the album In Utero stares at you from behind the glass as you walk by their concert equipment gallery.

Sure, she’s a little bit beat up from old age, but who wouldn’t be. More surprisingly rare items a ratty cardigan Kurt Cobain wore during one of his photo shoots, a garage-recording of a song he wrote when he was fifteen years old (titled Spank Thru), and drawings he made when he was in high school. The whole crowd walked around the gallery in silence, although there were no rules about keeping an “inside voice”. I’m sure they were feeling the same combination of awe and respect that bubbled in my heart. Walking through the exhibit was like being the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future; you can see where Nirvana started, what they became, and how they still impact society. All the photos and equipment leave you with an eerie feeling as you leave, as if you personally witness the rise and the fall of one of the world’s greatest bands.

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Comments on: "Nirvana at the EMP" (2)

  1. Hello, first comment. After reading this, my need to go see the nirvana exhibit has increased dramatically. It sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to visit!

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