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In Buddhism the state of release from the bondage of Karma and rebirth where desire and lust have been ceased to have power and no renewal of existence will take place after death. To gain Nirvana was the goal which the Buddha set before his followers as a supreme end to their efforts and longings. The northern school of Buddhist teaching has interpreted Nirvana to mean an actual paradise of existance after death attained as the reward of a saintly life on earth.

2. Nirvana is also a band. The core of the band Nirvana was Kurt Cobain, lead guitarist and vocalist, and Krist Novoselic, bass player. After going through many many different name changes and member changes, Kurt and Krist met Chad Channing, who became their drummer for their debut album. Some of the other notable people that were in the band, or its earliest incarnations, were Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover of the Melvins and Danny Peters of Mudhoney, among others.

Nirvana recorded their Bleach album for about $600, a dark, crunching album containing simple, guitar driven like Negative Creep and School as well as more sophisticated songs like About a Girl, and a modified version of Shocking Blue's Love Buzz. It was released in June of '89 by Sub Pop records. After recording, Nirvana went on tour after the addition of guitarist Jason Everman. Jason was added because Kurt wasn't sure he could handle singing and playing guitar at the same time. Jason also helped contribute quite a bit of the money to record the debut LP.

After touring and and looking for another label, Nirvana was bought out of their two year contract by DGC, David Geffen's record label. They recorded their Nevermind album in May of '91 at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin. It was released on September 13, 1991 and went platinum in about three weeks, mostly due to the song Smells Like Teen Spirit, which has been labeled as the anthem of generation X.

After a massive tour in support of Nevermind, Nirvana came back to the states. A collection of B-sides and rarities, called Incesticide was released, and sold well despite very little fanfare. After touring constantly, Nirvana once again returned to the studios in March of 1993 to record their long-awaited new album, In Utero.

Originally, DGC was not pleased with the album at all. Their first comment upon hearing the recording was, "Nice demos. When can we expect to hear the finished album?" They thought that it had no commercial value at all, and would let Nirvana's fans down after the slick, radio friendly Nevermind album. A few of the songs were later remixed or rerecorded, but the majority of the album stayed the same. One of the reasons why it may not have sounded quite as great as Nevermind is that In Utero was recorded in two weeks. Most of the vocals were done in one day, with the help of a lot of cough syrup, and a lot of the songs were recorded in one take. It was also plagued with problems regarding Krist's bass playing, which was frequently inaudible.

But, after working out their difficulties with their company, In Utero was released on September 14, 1993 in the United Kingdom. Due to an unforseen delay, it was released in the United States on September 21, 1993. The foreign version also contained a secret track, Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip. It was labeled as a "Deflated American Dollar Purchase Incentive Track," and is now available on bootlegs and import CDs only.

Nirvana returned to the road, playing in the states and overseas. On January 8, 1994 Nirvana played their final American show in Seattle, Washington. They then toured Europe, playing their last show on March 1 in Munich, Germany.

After returning to the United States, Kurt Cobain dissapeared after jumping the wall at the Exodus rehabilitation clinic, where he was undergoing rehab for a heroin addiction. Several days later, on April 8, his body was found by an electrician at his house in Seattle, Washington. Kurt had been dead for several days, the victim of a self inflicted gunshot wound. He left a suicide note near his body, explaning why he had killed himself. Fans still didn't accept his death, and many haven't still.
1. Monk: I have been meditating for a long time, but finally have i reached Nirvana.

2. -I like this music, what's the band called?
-the band is called Nirvana.
by Max March 10, 2005
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The best band ever. How ironic that apathetic Kurt Cobain could inspire so many. They saved the music industry from racist bands like Guns and Roses, from bands worried more on their look and how much money they'll make than on the soul of the music. If Kurt was still alive none of us would have to go through the torture of bling-bling rappers or meaningless good charlotte.
when I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions; Never met a wiseman if so it's a woman; just because you're paranoid don't mean they're not after you;;
by Anonymous November 07, 2003
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1. Nirvana is a Hindi word, but it is not where Hindus go after making it through reincarnations. That is a common mistake. In Hinduism, Moksha is the equivalent of Heaven.

2. The highest state of spiritual enlightenment and the goal of most Buddhists.

3. The most popular grunge band of all time.

4. My name.
Guy: "Hey, what's your name?"
Me: "Nirvana."
Guy: "No way! That's wicked!"
by Nirvanakelly May 10, 2006
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A band often claimed to be over rated by idiots who don't recognize talent (most commonly Nu-Metal fans, hip hop fans, etc.) Put an end to shitty music for a few years, but then it inevitably returned when Cobain comitted suicide.
by Jo June 25, 2003
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A band that would have never existed if it weren't for Pixies, as admitted by Kurt Cobain.
Nirvana was more popular, but Pixies allowed them to exist.
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Simply the best thing ever, whether it be the band or spiritual enlightenment
Nothing is as good as Nirvana
by kymcleod November 08, 2003
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A band that consisted of Kurt Cobain,Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl through the most part of the 90's. Known most for their album "Nevermind". Cobain may not have played the best guitar in the world but there is no denying that Nirvana despite what most people say was one of the better if not best band of the early 90's if not the 90's in general. Through Kurt's well crafted lyrics and their sound they attained fame. When their hit song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" got massive MTV and Radio airtime they were launched into the mainstream. Over the next few years they would get even more popular.Their next major record In Utero is a work of art for the lack of a better term containing some of their best songs.In April of 1994 Kurt's body was found. Though pronounced suicide by a shotgun shot to the head reading the articles on justiceforkurt.com have changed my perspective on this. Band members have moved on to form their own bands. Nirvana in short was one fo the best bands we have been privledged to hear.
"I'm worst at what i do best and for this gift i feel blessed. Our little group has always been and always will untill the end." Kurt Cobain-Smells Like Teen Spirit
by Funnyboy December 10, 2003
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