Almost twenty four years ago, photographer Kirk Weddle shot the cover of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind,’ an album that would later come to be regarded as one of the greatest in rock history, and one that defined a generation.

Shortly after, Weddle shot promotion images for the band in a closed swimming pool in Los Angeles, but not without its pitfalls; Kurt was nowhere to be seen, and after arriving two hours late, promptly fell asleep. “Flat on the pavement” Weedle told Culturemap Austin in 2011 “We put a bathrobe on him and took some pictures.”

Kirk Webble Nirvana Nevermind out-take

Whilst some of those pictures have been hidden in the depths of the Internet for some time, they have been brought to new light and new precedence with the release of the documentary, ‘Montage of Heck,’ hailed as a thoughtful portrayal of Kurt Cobain as a husband, a father, and a troubled soul beneath his iconic status. Webble’s underwater images feature throughout, helping to tell the visual story of a band on tour, on the cusp of fame, and a long way from home. For the first time these evocative out-takes are available to purchase in limited run and as signed editions from Modern Rocks Gallery, Austin where they are currently on exhibition.

Nirvana’s historic rise to fame, and Cobain’s untimely death three years after the release of ‘Nevermind,’ helped cement Nirvana’s status as the forefront of grunge— definitive of a 90’s youth, and propelled Weddles’ career as a photographer. As he himself candidly remarked in his interview with Culturemap, “If I had shot this photo of a band that went nowhere, you wouldn’t be talking to me right now.”

The Nevermind exhibit is open at Modern Rocks Gallery now until June 27 and prints can be bought online http://www.modernrocksgallery.com/nirvana-nevermind/

Kirk Webble Nirvana Nevermind out-take

Kirk Webble Nirvana Nevermind out-take

Kirk Webble Nirvana Nevermind out-take
Kirk Webble Nirvana Nevermind out-take
Kirk Webble Nirvana Nevermind out-take
Kirk Webble Nirvana Nevermind out-take

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