‘I Want My MTV’: The Year Nirvana Broke

When Nirvana’s music video changed the rules: Aidin Vaziri | In the excellent new oral history “I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution,” authors Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum focus on the golden age of the music video network when it, like, actually played music videos. The credo for the time was big budgets, big ideas and big hair. That is until 1991 when a video debuted by a band that set out to destroy everything that came before it. The following excerpt describes the firestorm that circled Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
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