They do this by combining personal artifacts, such as handwritten lyrics and personal photos, with more recognizable pieces, such as singer Kurt Cobain’s iconic sweater. The exhibit’s many interactive elements allow you to go deeper into the materials. The oral histories are outstanding, and listening to bassist Krist Novoselic talk about his own experiences is pretty cool. Among the many other incredible oral histories from those involved in the scene at that time are accounts from Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop Records, Mark Arm of Mudhoney and Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, just to name a few.
The curators kept the context of the Seattle sound by including other bands, such as Green River, Pearl Jam and the Melvins. Two truly unique aspects to this exhibit are the audio guide, which Novoselic narrates, and the exhibition soundtrack, which Nirvana producer Steve Fisk composed.