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Friday essay: Nevermind 30 years on – how Nirvana's second album tilted the world on its axis

By Dean Biron, PhD in Cultural Studies; teaches in School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology
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For many of us back in 1991, it felt as if the planet tilted slightly further on its axis when Smells Like Teen Spirit — the lead single from Nirvana’s Nevermind album — began to dominate the airwaves. The song’s compelling fusion of blast furnace punk, whimsical melody and inscrutable lyrics was unlike anything else commercial radio had embraced up to that point.

Friday September 24 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Nevermind. Materialising apparently out of nowhere,…

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