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Nirvana's Infamous "Nevermind" Cover Shoot Like You've Never Seen

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Remember Nirvana's iconic album cover for Nevermind?!?

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In 1991, before the massive swarm of fame and publicity swept the band into legendary status, an Austin, Texas-based photographer named Kirk Weddle was commissioned to shoot the band's cover for their upcoming album Nevermind.

Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery

Being an accomplished underwater photographer, Weddle came up with an idea to toss the entire band into the pool with instruments and all.

Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery
Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery
Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery

Although having just finished a series of West Coast concerts, the band was tired and worn out from the tour.

Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery

Kurt Cobain was so exhausted that he even took a nap on set.

Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery

That day, over 200 photographs were taken — many of which have never seen the light of day.

Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery

"I've just kept them stacked in a closet, unorganized," said Weddle.

Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery

Many of these unseen photos have been released for the first time in a special exhibition in Austin and featured in the HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, released this month.

Kirk Weddle / Modern Rocks Gallery

They will be on view at Modern Rocks Gallery in Austin from May 30–June 27. To learn more, check out the website at modernrocksgallery.com.

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