Cobain starts a band


Formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987

1st demo

January 1988

Nirvana recorded its first demos in



"Blew" was written in 1988 by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. The song was recorded in December 1988 and initially appeared as the first track on Nirvana's 1989 debut album Bleach.

Record their 1st single "Love Buzz"

November 1988

Nirvana recordered a cover version of "Love Buzz", a song by Dutch group Shocking Blue, and released it as their first single in November 1988 on the Seattle independent record label Sub Pop.



Nirvana releases their first album, Bleach.

First national tour

June 1989

Nirvana embarked on its first national tour.

Grohl joins the band


Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990

Signed to DGC Records


Nirvana signed to DGC Records in 1990


September 24, 1991

Nevermind is the second studio album by the American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991

Reorganization of the group's songwriting royalties

March 1992

Cobain sought to reorganize the group's songwriting royalties (which to this point had been split equally) so that they were more representative of the fact that he wrote the majority of the music.


December 1992

Released the compilation album "Incesticide" in December 1992

"In Utero"

September 13, 1993

In Utero is the third and final studio album by the American grunge band Nirvana, released on September 13, 1993, on DGC Records

Kurt Cobain found dead

April 8, 1994

Pearl Jam

Vedder joins the band

October 13, 1990

Andrew Wood, lead singer of Seattle band Mother Love Bone overdoses on heroin in March 1990. Bandmates Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament start over with San Diego import Eddie Vedder on vocals. They name the band after NBA player Mookie Blaylock.

Mookie Blaylock becomes Pearl Jam


Mookie Blaylock changes its name to Pearl Jam in 1991, but calls its debut album Ten after Blaylock’s jersey number.


August 27, 1991

Ten is the debut studio album by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1991 through Epic Records.



Pearl Jam makes a cameo appearance in Cameron Crowe’s 1992 Seattle-set movie, Singles, portraying Citizen Dick, the fictional band fronted by Matt Dillon’s character, Cliff.

Boycott of TicketMaster



In 1994, the band institutes a boycott of TicketMaster to protest added service charges. Two years later, they start using TicketMaster again (thoughthe feud sustains through the end of the decade).