Nirvana and Tad, ‘Manhattan Apartment Road Crash Pad’


By Ian Tilton
New York, U.S.A 1989
Digital archival print hand signed by the photographer
Limited Edition of 25
Paper size 16h x 20w inches

‘A young band has just played one of the most intense rock gigs I’ve ever seen. The band is Nirvana and they were playing at Maxwell’s in Hobokon, just over the river from Manhattan. Tad and Nirvana were touring together. We were to be staying in the tiny Avenue B in Alphabet City flat of Janet Billig who went on to work closely with Curt and his future wife Courtney Love. The flat was the on the road crash pad for Tad and Nirvana. It was sweltering hot and we slept on the floor with no bedding, using our rucksacks as pillows. Being big fellas Tad took up most of the space and snored like wounded bears while Nirvana were squashed up at the other end of the room. Kurt was curled up in ball in the corner most of the time and seemed worn out by something which we guessed was tour fatigue at the time.’ John Robb

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