Nirvana, ‘Kurt Cobain Live at Motorsport International Garage, No.IV’


By Ian Tilton
Seattle, U.S.A 1990
Digital archival print hand signed by the photographer
Limited Edition of 25
Paper size 20h x 16w inches

Nirvana played an all-ages show with local punks Derelict, Dwarves, and Melvins at Seattle’s 1,500-capacity Motorsport International Garage. The gig was a huge deal for the band: It was by far their biggest hometown headline show to date, and Sub Pop had flown Ian Tilton from Sounds magazine across from London to capture it.

Ian Tilton is an award-winning rock photographer based in the north-west of England, he began his career in the eighties taking photos of bands as diverse as Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Iggy Pop, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays, The Cure and Oasis. He has since spent years shoving himself in front of the loudest rock’n’roll speakers in the world and in the process captured some of music’s most iconic moments.

His shot of an exhausted and tearful Kurt Cobain was hailed by Q Magazine as one of the six best rock photographs of all time – while his photo of the Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown with an orange in his mouth has gone down in rock n roll photographic legend. Ian Tilton documented the birth of the Grunge scene and was one of the last people to see Kurt Cobain alive. In addition to his continuing interest in music photography, Ian has become a sought-after theatrical photographer, working regularly in theatre across the UK.

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