Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! documentary

Cobain wanted the film to loosely chronicle the band’s rise to fame, but when Cobain died, the video lay unfinished until remaining Nirvana members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, stepped in to finish it. The film features a performance in which Cobain gets into a physical altercation with an aggressive bouncer and several intimate shots […]

MTV Unplugged in New York

The first album released since the death of Cobain is an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City for the television series MTV Unplugged. By 1997, the album was certified 5x platinum.


A funeral ceremony is held for Cobain. A Buddhist monk chants as daughter Frances Bean scatters Cobain’s ashes into McLane Creek.


MTV Unplugged: Nirvana

Cobain commits suicide in his home in Seattle, Washington. He is found with a shotgun, visible head wound, and nearby suicide note.

Public vigil

A public vigil is held for Cobain at the Seattle Center. Seven thousand fans attend to hear prerecorded messages from Krist Novoselic and Courtney Love. Love reads portions of Cobain’s suicide note to the crowd.

Cobain suicidal, Love calls police

Love calls the Seattle police, informing them that Cobain was suicidal and had locked himself in a room with a gun. Police confiscate several guns and bottles of pills from their residence.


Love finds Cobain overdosed on champagne and Rohypnol. After five days in the hospital, he is released. Love claims the incident was Cobain’s first suicide attempt.

First issue of Tokyo Classified published

After months of planning the first issue of Tokyo Classified is published. Mark designs and lays out the magazine while Mary sells the ads. Classified ads are collected from various noticeboards throughout Tokyo and through a Macintosh-based voicemail system linked to a premium-rate telephone line. The four-page sheet is handed out in about 15 locations where foreigners […]


Strobe laser

Run trance parties under the name Strobe and rent out a laser that Mark had built to other party organizers.

Sells out of company

The Michelangelo fiasco destroys McAfee’s reputation within the company, and he is forced out. He cashes out most of his stock for $100 million. He purchases a 280-acre compound in Woodland Park, Colorado for $25 million. The estate includes a 10,000-square-foot mansion, two apartments, and nine guest cabins. Under a new company called Tribal Voices […]

Foo Fighters form

Foo Fighters

Following the death of Cobain, Grohl forms a one-man project in Seattle; Foo Fighters. Prior to the release of the debut album, which features Gorhl as the soul member, he recruits bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, as well as fellow Nirvana touring mate, Pat Smear, as guitarist.