Kurt Cobain, Jason Everman, Chad Channing and Krist Novoselic (from left), 1990.
Like past exhibits at the EMP, "Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses" will feature an interactive experience with video footage, informational kiosks, oral histories from Novoselic, producers Jack Endino and Steve Albini and other key voices in the Nirvana story, plus a day-long ambient score by Seattle musician and producer Steve Fisk that will play throughout the exhibit. "There's recordings for the very first show that Nirvana ever played at a house party in Raymond, Washington, this little, tiny, tiny town where Kurt — and there's photos from that show too — he looks like he's 16, I think he's probably 20 or 21 at the time. But somebody had the forethought to record that," McMurray says. The exhibit will also house a "confessional area" where Nirvana fans can discuss how Cobain's music affected them.