Seattle’s Grunge Landmarks

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As we approach the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Kurt Cobain, the legacy of Seattle’s grunge movement is once again in the spotlight. Though the grunge era has long since ended, it defined the culture of Generation X, and effectively started the alternative rock movement of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Grunge also drew the eyes of the world to our rainy little corner of America, helping to make Seattle the independent music powerhouse it is today. Grunge is still one of the most famous elements of Seattle’s culture and history, and this list highlights some of the spaces and places critical to this era.
Black Sun, Seattle, WashingtonBlack SunSeattle, Washington“Black Sun” is a sculpture by Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi, which was installed in Volunteer Park in 1969. This sculpture is believed to...Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WashingtonReciprocal RecordingSeattle, WashingtonThis building was the Reciprocal Recording Studio from 1986-1991, a studio run by Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek. Nirvana recorded their first demo...Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WashingtonMuseum of Pop CultureSeattle, WashingtonThe colorful Frank Gehry-designed building in the shadow of the Space Needle is the Experience Music Project, a museum dedicated to music history...The Crocodile, Seattle, WashingtonThe CrocodileSeattle, WashingtonWhat was formerly The Crocodile Cafe (now just “The Crocodile”) is a prominent fixture in the Seattle music scene. Most of the major players in the...Viretta Park, Seattle, WashingtonViretta ParkSeattle, WashingtonThis bench, located in the park adjacent to the house where Kurt Cobain died, has long served as an unofficial memorial to the iconic Nirvana...O K Hotel Apartments, Seattle, WashingtonO K Hotel ApartmentsSeattle, WashingtonNow an apartment building by the same name, the OK Hotel was a popular grunge era music venue. Nirvana’s first performance of “Smells Like Teen...Re-bar, Seattle, WashingtonRe-barSeattle, WashingtonRe-Bar, still a popular Seattle club, played host to Nirvana’s album release party for “Nevermind” in 1991. The band was kicked out of their...El Corazón, Seattle, WashingtonEl CorazónSeattle, WashingtonThen known as the “Off Ramp,” this venue (currently another music venue called “El Corazon”) hosted shows by many major bands of the grunge era,...Terminal Sales Building, Seattle, WashingtonTerminal Sales BuildingSeattle, WashingtonThis office building housed the original location of iconic Seattle independent label Sub Pop Records from 1988-2003. Sub Pop is well-known for...Object, Seattle, WashingtonObjectSeattle, WashingtonPearl Jam used to practice in the space below the artisan Blacksmith Shop once located here, called Black Dog Forge. The Alley behind the building...VAIN, Seattle, WashingtonVAINSeattle, WashingtonWhat is now trendy hair salon Vain was once a venue called The Vogue, which is where, in 1988, Nirvana is widely believed to have played their...Music Bank, Seattle, WashingtonMusic BankSeattle, WashingtonThis vacant lot once housed Music Bank, a warehouse that was used as living and practice spaces for several Seattle bands in the 80’s. Alice in...The Sound Garden, Seattle, WashingtonThe Sound GardenSeattle, WashingtonNature & art, hidden out at Sand Point on NOAA property. Apparently recent changes have re- opened the walking path from 11:30 - 1:30 on normal...Neumos, Seattle, WashingtonNeumosSeattle, WashingtonStill one of Seattle’s more popular venues, Neumos has booked a mile-long list of incredible acts over the years. In 1996, Moe’s played host to the...
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            Love this tour. I walk by these places all the time. Thx!
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            Thanks @Jason Karas! Glad you like it :)
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            i love seattle! please text me. bye bye, amy penn
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            A few others...The Vogue, Colourbox, Rckcndy, Sit-n-Spin, Crocodile and of course the Mural Amphitheatre in the Seattle Center.
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