This Day In Music 16.05.2016
Krist Novoselic best known as guitarist and member of Nirvana. Novoselic was born on May 16 in 1965, in Los Angeles, CA, to Croatian immigrants, he and his family remained in California until 1979, when they moved to the tiny logging town of Aberdeen, WA. Novoselic had changed the spelling of his first name to "Chris," although he would go back and forth between the spellings throughout the years. Novoselic discovered such classic rockers as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath, later he discovered punk rock and began listening Sex Pistols and Ramones.
He has cited Paul McCartney and Gene Simmons as the fundamental influences of his bass playing. He learned to play guitar playing along to blues records. Novoselic's younger brother brought home a new friend one day, Kurt Cobain, who was impressed with the fact that Novoselic was a punk fan. The two had several mutual friends and formed a band called Nirvana.
The new group specialized in stripped-down punk rock, and was a complete reaction against all the horrible glam metal that had been glutting the charts and the airwaves for years. Nirvana would abruptly come to an end with Cobain's tragic suicide in April of 1994. After Nirvana, Novoselic was offered the position of playing bass in a new band, Foo Fighters, with friend and former bandmate Dave Grohl. Instead, Novoselic formed the band Sweet 75 in 1995, releasing a single self-titled album in 1997. In 2002, he performed uncredited background vocals on Foo Fighters' song Walking a Line, written as a tribute to Cobain, during the One By One album sessions.
In 1998, Novoselic directed his first movie, L7: The Beauty Process, a pseudo-documentary that utilizes concert footage taped in 1997 in three American cities. Novoselic also teamed up with ex Dead Kennedy's frontman Jello Biafra and ex Sound Garden guitarist Kim Thayil for a 1999 protest show in Seattle against the World Trade Organization. He also formed the band Eyes Adrift which disbanded in 2003.
Novoselic after Nirvana also began political activism and created a political action committee which was named JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee), which fought against Washington State bills that threatened to limit the distribution and sale of music that certain government groups deemed obscene. Novoselic remains active in politics as an elected State Committeeman making appearances to advocate electoral reform. In October 2004, Novoselic's first book, Of Grunge An Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy was published. . It covers Novoselic's musical past, including Nirvana's rise to a worldwide phenomenon of the early 1990s. It also covers his interest in politics, his support of electoral reform, and his belief in the need to return to grassroots movements and clean up politics overall. Novoselic about his political views and said: “I'm an anarcho-capitalist, socialist, moderate...I don't know” and added that while his political views couldn't be easily categorized, he finds fault in the political philosophies of both the left and right-wing.