Week in Review: Behind the Scenes of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Reissue

Also: Grant Morrison on the death of comics, Evanescence's new album and more

August 26, 2011 6:15 PM ET
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Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana in 1991.
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This week Rolling Stone went behind the scenes of the 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind, which will include previously unheard demos, mixes, live recordings and more. Bassist Krist Novoselic and producer Butch Vig provided some insight into the band's work process, and teased some of unreleased content. "The boombox recordings are some of the coolest stuff for hardcore fans," says Vig. "They sound super low-fi and dirty and trashy, really primal."

Brian Hiatt's profile of superstar comic book author Grant Morrison in the latest issue of Rolling Stone provoked a lot of controversy on the Internet this week, mainly for this collection of outtakes from the interview in which the Scottish writer ripped into many of his peers and predicted the doom of the comics industry. If you're not already familiar with Morrison and his work, we also put together a guide to his best books.

Photos: Steve Jobs' Musical History

Rolling Stone also talked to Tommy Stinson about the possibility of a Replacements reunion, previewed new albums by Evanescence, Everlast and DJ Shadow, and chatted with Peaches, Erykah Badu, Stephen Malkmus, the Hold Steady, Anthrax and Nikki Sixx about their latest activities.

Photos: Nikki Sixx, Photographer

Plus, jazz guitarist Madeleine Peyroux performed a brief set at our office, we got excited about this week's tour kickoffs, we analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, we reviewed all the week's biggest new releases. We also mourned the loss of songwriters Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford and wondered why Lil Wayne could not stop the leak of his latest album.

Photos: A Tribute to Motown Great Nick Ashford

On the pop culture front, Peter Travers ranted about Hollywood releasing way too many awful movies in August and lamented the Curse of Paul Rudd, and we recapped the latest episodes of Jersey Shore and True Blood.

Photos: Random Notes

Finally, our question for you this weekend is: What is the worst song of the Nineties? Any genre is game! You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

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