Last week, Nirvana did the impossible: They found an interesting way to join the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. At the Hall Of Fame induction at Brooklyn, the band’s surviving members performed with an all-star, multi-generational cast of women — Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Lorde — filling in for Kurt Cobain. After the show, they also did a secret show at the tiny Brooklyn metal venue Saint Vitus. And now bassist Krist Novoselic has taken to his adorably old-school Blogspot account to talk about the event and how happy he is with how it went down. In a blog post titled “Punk Rock Gender Parity,” Novoselic writes that it was his idea to include Joan Jett and that bandmate Dave Grohl expanded that idea into an all-female cast of guests. Here’s what Novoselic had to say:
Punk Rock Gender Parity
I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well. Earlier that week there were three long days of rehearsals in NYC. I feel we conjured the spirit of the band, and we could not have done that alone. This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.
It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock. Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way. Joan – Smells Like Teem Spirit, Kim – Aneurism, St. Vincent – Lithium and Lorde – All Apologies. I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing! Our set will be broadcast in high quality television in May so check it out.
We also did a club gig afterward that was a lot of fun. I will have more on that soon but thank you to J Mascis and John McCauley for your great contributions!!!!
Our “all female” Hall of Fame set also had me thinking about the political realm (Imagine that!) At FairVote we have done a report regarding the state of women’s representation. I will have more to say about this, especially how at-large districts tend to put more women in office, at another time. Until then, enjoy this short and engaging video about the study narrated by Marie Wilson.
(via This Is Krist Novoselic)
He then included this video:
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