Krist Novoselic

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Krist Novoselic
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Novoselic performing in September 2011
Background information
Birth nameKrist Anthony Novoselic
Also known asChris Novoselic
Born (1965-05-16) May 16, 1965 (age 54)
Compton, California, U.S.
Origin Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
  • Musician
  • activist
  • songwriter
  • author
  • director
  • Bass
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • accordion
  • organ
Years active1987–present
Associated acts

Krist Anthony Novoselic ( /ˌnvəˈsɛlɪk/ ; Croatian : Krist Novoselić; born May 16, 1965) is an American musician and political activist, best known as the bassist and a founding member of the grunge band Nirvana. [1] [2] Nirvana achieved massive success, earning multiple gold and platinum awards and touring around the world at sold-out shows. [3]

Croatian language South Slavic language

Croatian is the standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian language used by Croats, principally in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Serbian province of Vojvodina, and other neighboring countries. It is the official and literary standard of Croatia and one of the official languages of the European Union. Croatian is also one of the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a recognized minority language in Serbia and neighboring countries.

Grunge is a rock music genre and subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s in the Pacific Northwest U.S. state of Washington, particularly in Seattle and nearby towns. The early grunge movement revolved around Seattle's independent record label Sub Pop and the region's underground music scene. By the early 1990s its popularity had spread, with grunge bands appearing in California, then emerging in other parts of the United States and in Australia, building strong followings and signing major record deals.

Nirvana (band) American rock band

Nirvana was an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. It was founded by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture.


After Nirvana disbanded following the death of its frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994, Novoselic formed Sweet 75 [4] in 1995 and Eyes Adrift in 2002, releasing one album with each band. [5] From 2006 to 2009, he played in the punk rock band Flipper, and in 2011, he contributed bass and accordion to the song "I Should Have Known" on the Foo Fighters' studio album Wasting Light , along with playing bass and accordion in his current band, Giants in the Trees, since June 2017. [6] [7]

Sweet 75

Sweet 75 was a band formed by Krist Novoselic and Yva Las Vegass in 1995 after the break-up of Nirvana. The band released one self-titled album before splitting up in 2000.

Eyes Adrift was a three-piece rock supergroup consisting of Krist Novoselic, Curt Kirkwood, and Bud Gaugh. They released a self-titled album in 2002, which was a mixture of punk, grunge, and country, taking all of their previous backgrounds and putting them together. They toured the United States in mid-2002. They later broke up in 2003, after their debut album flopped. Kirkwood and Gaugh went on to form the supergroup band known as Volcano. The album is currently out of print. Novoselic went on to record songs with Foo Fighters and become a political activist in Seattle, Washington.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.

Apart from his musical endeavours, Novoselic has been active politically, including the creation of a PAC named JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee). [8] From 2007 through 2010, he wrote a weekly column on music and politics for the Seattle Weekly website. [9] [10] Since 2008, Novoselic has been board chair of the electoral reform organization FairVote. [11]

In the United States and Canada, a political action committee (PAC) is a 527 organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation. The legal term PAC has been created in pursuit of campaign finance reform in the United States. This term is quite specific to all activities of campaign finance in the United States. Democracies of other countries use different terms for the units of campaign spending or spending on political competition. At the U.S. federal level, an organization becomes a PAC when it receives or spends more than $1,000 for the purpose of influencing a federal election, and registers with the Federal Election Commission, according to the Federal Election Campaign Act as amended by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. At the state level, an organization becomes a PAC according to the state's election laws.

<i>Seattle Weekly</i> American newspaper

The Seattle Weekly is a freely distributed newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. It was founded by Darrell Oldham and David Brewster as The Weekly. Its first issue was published on March 31, 1976, and is currently owned by Sound Publishing. The newspaper will publish its final print edition on February 27, 2019, and transition to web-only content beginning March 1, 2019.

Electoral reform is change in electoral systems to improve how public desires are expressed in election results. That can include reforms of:


Early life

Krist Anthony Novoselic was born in Compton, California, on May 16, 1965, the son of Croatian immigrants Kristo and Marija. [12] [13] [14] Kristo was a native of Veli Iž on the island of while Marija originates from Privlaka [ disambiguation needed ]. [15] [16] Novoselic lived in Compton for one year before his parents moved to the ethnically Croatian Los Angeles neighborhood of San Pedro, [17] where he remained for most of his childhood. [18] He has a younger brother, Robert (born 1968), and a younger sister, Diana (born 1973). In 1979, his family relocated to Aberdeen, Washington, the result of surging real estate costs in California. In 1980, his parents sent him to live with relatives in the Croatian city of Zadar. [19] He returned to Aberdeen in 1981. He is partially fluent in Croatian. [20] His earliest memory of listening to music is listening to Chuck Berry with his father. Growing up, he had a severe underbite, for which he underwent corrective surgery. [21]

Compton, California City in California, United States

Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States, situated south of downtown Los Angeles. Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county and on May 11, 1888, was the eighth city to incorporate. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 96,456. It is known as the "Hub City" due to its geographic centrality in Los Angeles County. Neighborhoods in Compton include Sunny Cove, Leland, Downtown Compton, and Richland Farms. The city is generally a working class city with some middle-class neighborhoods, and is home to a relatively young population, at an average 25 years of age, compared to the American median age of 38.

Iž island

is an island in the Zadar Archipelago within the Croatian reaches of the Adriatic Sea. It is situated between Ugljan on the north-east and Dugi Otok on the south-west and is about an hour's ship ride from Zadar. It has an area of 17.59 square kilometres and a population of 615 (2011). Its mineralogy is composed of mainly limestone and dolomite. The island has been settled since prehistoric times; there is a Catholic church dating from the 11th century and records of the first Croatian settlers date from the year 1266.

Privlaka may refer to:

Novoselic was already interested in bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who, Van Halen, Devo, and Aerosmith. He also enjoyed listening to Yugoslavian bands such as Zabranjeno Pušenje, Prljavo kazalište, and Azra. While in Yugoslavia, he picked up an interest in punk rock, and discovered bands such as the Sex Pistols and Ramones when he lived in Croatia at the age of 14 for one year. [22] [23] He has cited Paul McCartney, Geezer Butler, John Entwistle, and Gene Simmons as the fundamental influences of his bass playing. [24]

Led Zeppelin English rock band

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. Along with Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, the band's heavy, guitar-driven sound has led them to be cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal. Their style drew from a wide variety of influences, including blues, psychedelia, and folk music.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

The Who English rock band

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

Novoselic's brother Robert introduced him to his friend Kurt Cobain, who had noticed loud music coming from upstairs. Robert told Cobain that it was his older brother, who listened to punk rock. Cobain eventually befriended the older Novoselic, as the pair ended up sharing similar musical tastes, including a fondness for local band Melvins. The two had several mutual friends and began hanging out shortly thereafter. Krist attended Aberdeen High School and Kurt attended Montesano High School (Washington). At one point, Cobain gave Novoselic a demo tape of his former band Fecal Matter, and asked him to form a band together. After several months, Novoselic finally listened to the tape, liked it, and agreed to start a band with Cobain. [25] After high school, Novoselic worked as a painter and decorator but was eventually laid off. [26]

Kurt Cobain American singer, composer, and musician

Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana. Cobain is remembered as one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music.

Melvins band from the United States

Melvins are an American rock band whose early work was key to the development of both grunge and sludge metal. The band formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They have mostly performed as a trio, as well as a quartet with either two drummers/bassists in recent years. Since 1984, vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover have been constant members. The band was named after a supervisor at a Thriftway in Montesano, Washington, where Osborne also worked as a clerk. "Melvin" was disliked by other employees, and the band's members felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.

J. M. Weatherwax High School, commonly Aberdeen High School, is a public high school located in Aberdeen, Washington, and is part of the Aberdeen School District. The high school mascot is the Bobcat. The school teaches grades from 9 to 12.

Nirvana (1987–1994)

Novoselic with Kathleen Hanna, Bruce Pavitt, and Dylan Carlson at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on Halloween 1991 Pavitt commodore.jpg
Novoselic with Kathleen Hanna, Bruce Pavitt, and Dylan Carlson at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on Halloween 1991

Cobain and Novoselic's first band lasted barely a few weeks before it disbanded, leaving the pair to move on. However, the duo eventually discovered that Melvins could pull $80 a night for one show. Inspired, Cobain and Novoselic started a Creedence Clearwater Revival cover band, in which Cobain played drums and Novoselic sang and played guitar. That band was short-lived as well. [27] Some months later, Cobain and Novoselic met drummer Aaron Burckhard. While the new band never used the name, it was the first incarnation of Nirvana. [28]

Burckhard lasted only a few months and Melvins' drummer Dale Crover filled in until Novoselic and Cobain met Chad Channing. The trio recorded their debut album Bleach , released in 1989. [29] Channing left the band in 1990 and was briefly replaced by Crover and Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters. [30] [31] Novoselic contributed to song writing of various songs, helping out Cobain, such as giving ideas. [32]

Later in 1990, Melvins' singer-guitarist Buzz Osborne encouraged Novoselic and Cobain to check out a punk band called Scream. [33] The pair were impressed by their drummer, Dave Grohl. [34] A few weeks later, Scream disbanded, and Grohl placed a call to Osborne for advice. Osborne gave him Novoselic's phone number, and Novoselic invited Grohl up to Seattle (from San Francisco, where Scream broke up). Grohl passed the audition and joined Nirvana. Grohl was Nirvana's fifth and final drummer. This was after the first few recordings of songs from their Bleach Album. Novoselic spent the following months with Nirvana traveling to various labels as the band shopped for a deal, eventually signing with DGC Records. [35]

In the spring of 1991, the band entered Sound City Studios in Los Angeles to record Nevermind. Novoselic helped write the song "Polly". Upon its release, Nevermind (1991) exceeded all expectations and became a worldwide commercial success. [36] [37] Nevermind had launched the band as a worldwide phenomenon with their hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit". [38]

In 1992, at the MTV music awards show, Nirvana would win awards for Best New Artist in a Video and Best Alternative Video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." At the show, Nirvana performed "Lithium". When Novoselic started playing the opening bass riff, he signaled that he could not hear his bass. Instead of continuing to play, Novoselic threw his bass guitar in the air, to perform a "Bass Toss". He failed to catch it, later stating that he misjudged the height; he further stated that he "faked like he was knocked out." Musician Brian May ran to give him medical attention; he did not suffer any injuries. [39] [40] [41]

In 1992, Novoselic and the rest of Nirvana recorded a compilation album named Incesticide . Novoselic helped write lyrics for the songs "Dive", "Hairspray Queen", and "Aneurysm" on the album. This album was produced by a joint venture between DGC and Sub Pop. [42]

Novoselic (left) playing bass alongside singer Cobain (right) in 1992. Nirvana around 1992.jpg
Novoselic (left) playing bass alongside singer Cobain (right) in 1992.

During Nirvana's 1992 Reading concert, Novoselic sang "The Money Will Roll Right In" with Cobain. [43] Novoselic was an occasional vocalist and backing vocalist in Nirvana, occasionally singing "Scoff" and "Rape Me" at live shows. Novoselic stated that "I kind of discovered my voice for the first time, and the more I did it, the better it got." [44]

In September of 1993, Nirvana's third album In Utero, debuted at number one on the billboard 200. [45] However, the recording sessions mixed by Steve Albini were criticized by the band members, saying some songs "didn't sound perfect", as well as the band agreeing that Novoselic's bass lines sounded "too low". In Utero sold 3.5 million copies in the United States. [46] [47] In November of that year, Nirvana performed on MTV Unplugged with Lori Goldston playing cello, the introduction of guitarist Pat Smear, and Novoselic playing acoustic bass guitar, accordion, and acoustic rhythm guitar. This live performance was released a year later as an album, named MTV Unplugged in New York, which earned a Grammy Award for best alternative music performance. [48] [49] [50]

Nirvana ended abruptly in April 1994 following Cobain's death. [51] For most of the rest of that year, Novoselic retreated from the spotlight. One of a few public appearances came that September at the MTV Video Music Awards, where the video for Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" was awarded for Best Alternative Video. [52] Novoselic took the opportunity to pay tribute to Cobain.

Prior to their 1994 European tour, the band scheduled session time at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle to work on demos. For most of the three-day session, Cobain was absent, so Novoselic and Grohl worked on demos of their own songs. The duo completed several songs, including "Exhausted", "Big Me", "February Stars", and "Butterflies". [53] On the third day of the session, Cobain finally arrived. The song "You Know You're Right" was the band's final studio recording. The band had split up following Kurt's death, with both members going their separate ways. [54]

Novoselic and Grohl continued to support the Nirvana franchise. Novoselic worked on completing the With the Lights Out box set and From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah album, as well as pushing for release of a 20th anniversary album for Nevermind. [55]

Post-Nirvana (1995–present)

After Cobain's death, Novoselic continued to dabble in musical endeavors. He co-formed the band Sweet 75 with Venezuelan musician Yva Las Vegass in 1995, releasing a single self-titled album in 1997. [56] [57]

In 1996, Novoselic joined singer Johnny Cash, guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden and drummer Sean Kinney of Alice in Chains to record a cover of Willie Nelson's "Time of the Preacher", for the tribute album Twisted Willie, released in January 1996. [58]

In 1998, Novoselic directed his first movie, L7: The Beauty Process , a pseudo-documentary that utilizes concert footage taped in 1997 in three American cities. [59] [60] [61] In 1999, he joined Jello Biafra and Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil in the No WTO Combo. [62] [63]

Novoselic in 2007. Krist Novoselic, 2007.jpg
Novoselic in 2007.

In 2002, Novoselic performed uncredited background vocals on Foo Fighters' song "Walking a Line", written as a tribute to Cobain, during the One by One album sessions. The track is included on the One by One bonus DVD, as well as being a bonus track to the album. He then joined former Meat Puppets [64] front man Curt Kirkwood and former Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh to form Eyes Adrift. [65] In Australia, there was another group called "Eyes Adrift", and rather than pay to license that name, the trio called the band and album "Bud, Curt & Krist" in this nation. Eyes Adrift released a self-titled album with twelve songs, with the Japanese version including two extras. Eyes Adrift was the first official release in Krist's career where he sang lead vocals, singing lead on "Inquiring Minds", "Dottie Dawn & Julie Jewel" and "Pasted". [66] They also released a single named Alaska. He also took a highly active role in the songwriting process, co-writing several songs with Kirkwood. [67] [68] They toured mostly around the United States. [69] The group disbanded in 2003.

Following the end of Eyes Adrift, Novoselic announced that he was quitting the music business, noting that he disliked the process of building up publicity for new records. However, in recent years, Novoselic has occasionally worked on music for a possible solo album, noting, "Right now, I'm just doing it for myself, and that's what it's all about." [70]

In November 2006, it was announced that Novoselic would join Flipper, [71] replacing Bruno DeSmartas on bass, for a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland. [72] He was a full-time member of the band and had been working on their new album. [73] On September 22, 2008, because of responsibilities at home, Novoselic announced his departure from the band.

[74] As a result, the band canceled the remainder of the tour. Rachel Thoele then replaced Novoselic. [75]

In 2009, Novoselic played a newspaper vendor in the movie World's Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams. In October 2010, Dave Grohl, former Nirvana bandmate of Novoselic, announced live on BBC radio, that Novoselic would be joining Foo Fighters as a bassist and accordionist on their next album, Wasting Light , which was released in 2011. [76]

Novoselic also played bass on children's music artist Caspar Babypants' 2010 album This Is Fun!, for a cover of the Nirvana song "Sliver". [77] [78] In 2011, he performed "On a Plain" and "Sliver" with the band at the Nevermind 20th anniversary celebration in Seattle. [79] [80]

Novoselic performing in 2011. KristNovoselic2011.jpg
Novoselic performing in 2011.

In 2012, the Nirvana members partnered with Paul McCartney on the song "Cut Me Some Slack", which was composed specially for the soundtrack of the documentary Sound City directed by Dave Grohl. The song was first shown on December 12, 2012, at the 12-12-12 festival, which brought together music stars for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York. [81] The song was received well by critics. Allmusic called it a "tune with an immediate hook [and] melody". [82] The song won the Grammy award for Best Rock Song in 2014. [83] The partnership was called as "Sirvana" by Novoselic, referring to "Sir Paul McCartney". [84]

On April 17, 2016, Novoselic performed with Paul McCartney on "Helter Skelter" in Seattle as part of the One on One tour during the encore. [85]

In November, 2016, Novoselic confirmed through a reply to a tweet that he is writing more new music. [86] His current band is Giants in the Trees, formed in 2017, with band members Jillian Raye, Erik Friend and Ray Prestegard. [87] [88] He is also in the band Filthy Friends, playing bass and accordion. [89] He also collaborates with Lepidopterist and author Dr. Robert Michael Pyle with the musical project Butterfly Launches Off Spar Pole. In late July 2017, Giants in the Trees released their first song called "Sasquatch" which features a music video Krist joked as "costing over 2 million U.S. dollars to produce". [90] [91] The video has 190K+ views on YouTube. [92] [93] Giants in the Trees first album was released in late 2017. [94]

Performance and recording with Foo Fighters

Grohl originally asked Novoselic to join Foo Fighters as a full-time band member, he declined, stating they would call it "Nirvana 2". [95]

Novoselic's first experience with Foo Fighters was during the encore of their show on August 29, 1997 at Memorial Stadium as part of the Bumbershoot festival, where he played bass for the band's covers of "Purple Rain" and "Communication Breakdown". [96] In January 2002, Novoselic performed backing vocals for a non-album track titled "Walking a Line", later released on a special edition of the band's album One by One . [97]

Later, during the encore of Foo Fighters' secret show at Paladino's in Tarzana, California on December 22, 2010, the band, with Grohl on drums was joined onstage by Novoselic and the band's live guitarist Pat Smear for a version of Nirvana's "Marigold" a 1992 Grohl original, which was a B-side on Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box", the first single from In Utero. [98] Novoselic also recorded bass and accordion on the song "I Should Have Known", appearing on Foo Fighters' seventh studio album Wasting Light . [99]

On December 5, 2017, Novoselic joined Foo Fighters on stage at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, to play bass guitar on "Big Me", a song off Foo Fighters debut album Foo Fighters . [100]

Ten months later, on October 6, 2018, Novoselic joined the band during an encore to play several Nirvana songs, with Dave Grohl on drums, Pat Smear on guitar, and John J. McCauley and Joan Jett filling in as their lead singer. [101]

Political and social activism

Novoselic in 2008 Krist Novoselic 15A.jpg
Novoselic in 2008

Novoselic has had an interest in politics from high school. This included the sectarian conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. [102] [103]

In 1992, the Washington state legislature attempted to pass a bill called the Erotic Music Law. The law would allow courts to declare certain albums "erotic" by their content, and would make it illegal to sell those albums to those under the age of 18. A lobbying group called the Washington Music Industry Coalition formed as a response to the bill. Novoselic and Nirvana actively campaigned against the bill and performed a benefit concert for the lobbying group in September 1992. [104] Krist appeared on KOMO-TV 's "Town Meeting" in March 1992 arguing his points and expressing his views with two opposing parties. [105]

In 1995, the Erotic Music Law was reintroduced to the Washington State Legislature as the Matters Harmful to Minors bill. [106] Noting that the music industry had serious clout in Seattle given the success of the scene, Novoselic proposed creating a political action committee, which was named JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee). [107] Over the next several years, JAMPAC fought a number of different issues, including the Teen Dance Ordinance, a 1985 law that strictly limited the ability of minors to attend shows. With JAMPAC, Novoselic began to turn his focus more and more towards politics. [108]

Novoselic remains active in politics making appearances to advocate electoral reform (especially instant-runoff voting [109] and proportional representation) and running the website. [110] He considered a 2004 run for Lieutenant Governor of Washington as a Democrat, challenging an incumbent of the same party, but ultimately decided against it. He also joined the board of FairVote, then the Center for Voting and Democracy, and was appointed chair in January 2008. [111]

Novoselic's first book, Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy , was published in October 2004. [112] [113] It covers Novoselic's musical past, including Nirvana's rise to a worldwide phenomenon of the early 1990s. [114] It also covers his interest in politics, his support of electoral reform, and his belief in the need to return to grassroots movements and clean up politics overall.

Novoselic giving a speech during his political career. KristNovoselicpodium.jpg
Novoselic giving a speech during his political career.

He supported Democratic Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election, [115] and in the primary. [116] He has since broken with the Democratic Party, partly because "it's a top-down structure" adverse to reform from its grassroots. [117] In 2007, he made a donation to libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul. [118]

He withdrew from the campaign for county clerk of Wahkiakum County. [119] He was running under the "Grange Party". He is a member of the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. [120] [ not in citation given ] However, the Grange is not actually a political party. He was running in order to protest Washington State's system, in which a candidate can claim any party as their own (real or fictional) without consent or support from the party. [121]

Novoselic continues to support political reform, even looking at social networks such as Facebook and Twitter as major factors in shaping the political future. [122] He explained his support for fair voting reforms on C-SPAN's Washington Journal in 2012. [123]

In an interview for Reason TV , Novoselic was asked how he described his political views, and he responded, "I'm an anarcho-capitalist, socialist, moderate... I don't know" and continued to say that while his political views couldn't be easily categorized, he finds fault in the political philosophies of both the left and right-wing. [124] On his blog, he supported Lawrence Lessig and his political campaign. [125]

During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign, Novoselic publicly supported and campaigned for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. [126] [127]

In other media

In 2004, Novoselic's book Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy! was published.

In 2014, ahead of Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Krist and Dave made guest appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon . [128]

In 2007, Krist started writing blogs for the Seattle Weekly website. [129]

Novoselic had a brief cameo in Bobcat Goldthwait's 2009 film World's Greatest Dad as a newspaper vendor.

In 2017, Novoselic was the DJ numerous times for Coast radio. [130]

Novoselic has a blog entitled "Dream Journal". [131]

Personal life

In 1989 Novoselic married Shelli Hyrkas, whom he had dated in high school. They divorced in 1999. [132] In early 2004, he married American artist Darbury Ayn Stenderu. They reside on a farm near Deep River, Washington, where they grow their own food. Novoselic stated, "I live out in the country now and it's quiet and it's a place where I can think a lot." [133]

Novoselic is an FAA-licensed pilot, earning a single engine land rating after passing his flight test in April 2002. He went on to earn a multi-engine pilot certificate in February 2018. He has a strong interest in animals, geology, nature, and other sciences. [134] He owns two cats named Einstein and Doris.

In 2016, Novoselic earned a BSc in social sciences from Washington State University. [135]


With Nirvana

With Sweet 75

With The No WTO Combo

With Eyes Adrift

With Flipper

With Giants in the Trees


YearArtistReleaseAdditional information
1990 Mark Lanegan The Winding Sheet Bass on "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" [136]
1995 Mike Watt Ball-Hog or Tugboat? Organ on "Against The 70's" [137]
The Stinky Puffs A Little Tiny Smelly Bit of...the Stinky Puffs Bass on "Buddies Aren't Butts" (live), "Menendez' Killed Their Parents" (live), "I'll Love You Anyway" (live), and "I Am Gross/ No You're Not" (live) [138]
1996 Johnny Cash Twisted WillieBass on "Time Of The Preacher" [139] [140]
1997 Sky Cries Mary Moonbathing on Sleeping Leaves Acoustic Bass on "Gliding" [141]
2002 Aya Senjou no Hana Bass on "Prisioner" [142]
Foo Fighters One by One Backing vocals on "Walking a Line" [143]
2010 Wasting Light Bass and accordion on "I Should Have Known" [144] [145]
2012 Nirvana members and Paul McCartney reunited to play for film Sound City Sound City: Real to Reel Bass on "Cut Me Some Slack" [146] [147]
2014 Kultur Shock IXBass and accordion on "S One Strane Plive" [148]
2015 Peter Buck Warzone Earth Bass on "Long Time Dead" [149]
2016 Melvins Basses Loaded Bass and accordion on "Maybe I Am Amused" [150]
2017 Filthy Friends Any Kind Of Crowd (single)Bass on "Editions Of You" [151]
InvitationBass on "Brother" and "Makers" [152]

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Foo Fighters is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters, released on July 4, 1995 by Roswell and Capitol Records. Dave Grohl wrote and recorded the entire album himself, apart from a guest guitar spot by Greg Dulli, with the assistance of producer Barrett Jones at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. He claimed that he recorded the album just for fun, describing it as a cathartic experience to recover from the death of Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain.

Pat Smear Guitarist, rock and punk musician

Georg Albert Ruthenberg, better known by the stage name Pat Smear, is an American musician and actor. He was a founding member of punk band the Germs, and was the touring guitarist for grunge band Nirvana from 1993 to 1994. After Nirvana ended, its drummer Dave Grohl went on to become the frontman of rock band Foo Fighters; Smear soon joined on guitar, and has since recorded four studio albums and a live album with the band.

<i>In Utero</i> (album) 1993 studio album by Nirvana

In Utero is the third and final studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 21, 1993, by DGC Records. Nirvana intended for the record to diverge significantly from the polished, refined production of its previous album, Nevermind (1991). To capture a more abrasive and natural sound, the group hired engineer Steve Albini to record In Utero during a two-week period in February 1993 at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The music was quickly recorded within that time with few studio embellishments. The song lyrics and album packaging largely incorporated medical imagery that conveyed frontman Kurt Cobain's outlook on his publicized personal life and his band's newfound fame.

Flipper (band) American band

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<i>With the Lights Out</i> Box set album by Nirvana

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In Bloom song by Nirvana

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Sliver (song) song by Nirvana

"Sliver" is a song by American rock band Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain. It was originally released as a non-album single in 1990 by the band's then record label, Sub Pop. The same recording was re-released by DGC on the compilation album Incesticide in December 1992, and a music video for the song was released to promote the album.

"Something in the Way" is a song by American rock band Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain. It is the 12th and final song on their 1991 album Nevermind.

<i>Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!</i> 1994 video by Nirvana

Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! is a home video by the American rock band Nirvana, directed by Kevin Kerslake and released on November 15, 1994 on VHS and laserdisc. It was re-released on DVD on November 7, 2006.

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Dave Grohl is an American singer, songwriter, and musician whose discography consists of 16 studio albums, six live albums, eight compilation albums, six EPs, and four soundtracks, and also includes his other collaborations and work as a studio musician with 26 additional artists. A large portion of his releases have come as the drummer of Nirvana (1990–1994) and as the frontman of Foo Fighters (1995–present).

<i>Icon</i> (Nirvana album) 2010 greatest hits album by Nirvana

Icon is a compilation album by the American rock band Nirvana, released on August 31, 2010.

"I Hate Myself and Want to Die" is a song by the American rock band, Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist, Kurt Cobain. It appears on the compilation, The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience, released in November of 1993. The song was also sanctioned to be released as a b-side to the band's "Pennyroyal Tea" single, but the single's original release was cancelled after Cobain's death in April 1994. In April 2014, it was released, featuring "I Hate Myself and Want to Die," on limited edition 7 inch vinyl for Record Store Day, and charted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart.


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