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Nirvana Nevermind outtakes
by Kirk Weddle

Exclusive to Modern Rocks Gallery, buy museum quality, limited edition prints from the famous "Nevermind" swimming pool photo shoot with Nirvana by Kirk Weddle.

On October 28, 1991, just as Nirvana were tearing up the rock'n'roll rule book with their major label debut Nevermind, Austin photographer Kirk Weddle was commissioned to shoot the band for photos to promote the impending blitz. His idea? Toss the band into a swimming pool to mimic the album's infamous naked baby cover image he’d shot a few months earlier.

But when the band showed up for the session at a Los Angeles pool, they were hardly in the mood. Call time was 10am. The weather was unseasonably cold for an outdoor swim. Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl were wiped out from a string of West Coast concerts. (Cobain was so exhausted, he even took a nap.) "I remember Kurt was like, 'Fuck! I have to get in the pool?'" recalls Weddle. "He was not a water guy at all."

But Weddle, known as one of the industry's best underwater photographers, was able to convince the band to take the plunge - many of which have never been ,made available before. "I've just kept them stacked in a closet, unorganized," says Weddle.

We're proud to be able to present this exclusive collection of outtakes from the Nevermind shoot, many of which have never been available to purchase until now. Some of the images feature in the movie Montage of Heck and in the anniversary box set of Nevermind. This is a unique collection, exclusive to Modern Rocks Gallery, which isn't available to buy elsewhere, printed to the highest museum quality, signed and hand numbered.

NEWS - now available, XL 30"x40" large format prints of some of the prints.
Click on the button below to see these XL prints, with a limited edition of on 15 available on each image.

Quote: Steven Walker, Owner of Modern Rocks Gallery: 

"These images are incredibly important. They're an important piece of rock history, and they also mean a lot to me personally as a musician and as a fan. They show a band on the verge of changing the face of music, a band about to conquer the world, a band about to release something that was to become one of the most influential albums of our time. But they also show a band on tour, a band that are tired, a band that are probably homesick and a little bit grumpy too. And a band that has just been thrown in a swimming pool on their day off because someone from the record company told them thats what they had to do….and thats why I love them! 

As a music fan first and foremost, I'm so pleased to be able to make these photographs available to both Nirvana fans and music fans alike because they show so much more than 3 blokes in a band floating in a swimming pool. The almost surreal images of Kurt Cobain literally hanging in the water, sometime looking lost, sometimes looking totally insane, are the ones that I love the most. Nevermind kicked down the doors when it arrived on the scene,  everyone knows the floating baby front cover, but these outtakes are as unique as they are cool."



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