Guthrie Govan Shares His First Thoughts About Kurt Cobain And Nirvana

The famous English guitarist and guitar teacher Guthrie Govan opened up about the rise of grunge in the early 1990s during an interview with Ultimate Guitar, as well as revealing his opinions about one of the best representatives of that era, Nirvana and late frontman Kurt Cobain.

As many of you know, grunge music managed to hit the mainstream in the early 1990s with legendary bands such as Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and most importantly Nirvana especially with its major label debut album, ‘Nevermind’ which was an unexpected and extraordinary success that popularized grunge.

There’s no doubt that Nirvana’s early works had a great impact on the music that was dominant, ending the dominance of ‘hair metal’ so to speak, therefore, grunge has a before, after, and during the age of Nirvana, making the band one of the most influential music acts of all-time. As a result, other legendary musicians’ opinions about Nirvana’s power have always been a matter of curiosity.

That’s exactly why Guthrie Govan who has been widely known for his virtuosic guitar playing technique that stood out in the dominant grunge scene in the early 1990s was asked about his first opinions on Nirvana and lead vocalist Kurt Cobain when he first heard their music during a recent interview.

Apparently, Guthrie Govan liked Nirvana and Kurt Cobain back in the day despite his fans may have expected him to think otherwise. Furthermore, the legendary guitarist found some of the band’s songs pretty good as well as admiring the performances which were refreshing and emotional, according to Govan, rather than finding grunge and bands like Nirvana threatening, he appreciated them.

Here is what Govan said:

I actually liked it; I thought some of the songs were really good and the performance and delivery aspect felt refreshingly visceral and uncontrived.

Anyhow, I certainly didn’t see grunge as any threat to the kind of virtuosic guitar which I found most fascinating in the early ’90s. Immediately prior to the advent of Kurt Cobain et al, the most crazy, futuristic rock guitar playing I had ever heard came not from MTV but from ‘underground’ cassette tapes of guys like Shawn Lane and Bumblefoot.”

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