1991: Nirvana and Metallica change rock forever

Here’s this week’s feature for Gibson.com. This is a topic I’ve been thinking of writing about since I was a kid and I noticed the clear divide between kids who played Nirvana songs and kids who played Metallica songs. Here’s a teaser:

“It’s generally held that 1967 was a landmark year for rock music. Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced, Cream’s Disraeli Gears, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – all of those albums were released that year and they all had an instant and jarring effect on music history, with particular impact on guitarists. A similar impact was felt around the world in 1991 with the release of several extremely influential albums – U2’s Achtung Baby, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jam’s Ten, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica). Among this elite crop were a pair of very different but equally epoch-changing records: Nirvana’s Nevermind and Metallica’s self-titled album (often referred to as theBlack Album due to its distinctive monochromatic cover).”

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