Nirvana’s hometown: come as your are

Nirvana Aberdeen Street Sign

 was formed in 1987 by Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington. The town has historically been dependent on the timber and fishing industry — and known for its rough personality. In the 1900s, it was even called the “Hellhole of the Pacific.”

Kurt-Cobain-BillboardIn 2010, I drove south of Seattle to Olympia, then took a hard right to the west to learn more about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. It seems the town, which at first didn’t embrace its rock star natives, now acknowledges its place in music history — even posting the lyric “Come as You Are” on the roadside welcome sign.


I filmed the two videos below in close order to the Walking Tour provided by the Aberdeen Museum of History. As a fan of music history, I understand the importance of capturing these sights, making them available to fans around the world who may never travel to the Pacific Northwest.

To learn the history behind these places, go to:


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