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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: Soundgarden, 1990

Photograph by Michael Lavine courtesy of Grunge (Abrams Image)

Soundgarden, 1990

"That's a toy gun," says Lavine. "I just had props like this around the studio. Soundgarden were the funnest band to shoot because everyone was just so cool. They enjoyed the process. They came over and hung out, we got drunk, we took a lot of photos."

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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