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Photographer Michael Lavine traces grunge’s beginnings

Grunge: Chris and Katy

Photograph by Michael Lavine courtesy of Grunge (Abrams Image)

Seattle, 1983.

GRUNGE: Dinosaur Jr., 1989

Photograph by Michael Lavine courtesy of Grunge (Abrams Image)

Dinosaur Jr., 1989

"We took this picture in J Mascis' mom's basement in 1989," says Lavine. "Those are romance novels behind the band; J's mother collects them. I remember I didn't get along with the band at all. J was awkward and difficult and you can see Lou [Barlow] has all his hair in his face. But sometimes you don't have to connect with your subject to make a great picture; sometimes being friendly with your subject just gets in the way."

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