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Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Remembered 20 Years Later by Cartoonist Jonathan Bennett

As the 20th anniversary of Nevermind approaches, music website and magazine SPIN has been assembling an impressive variety of coverage honoring the seminal grunge record by Nirvana. In addition to archival material from the magazine’s past and new testimonials from artists both contemporary and classic, SPIN commissioned The Believer and Mome cartoonist Jonathan Bennett to create a short autobiographical comic strip about his history with the album, which you can read below.

Bennett, who doesn’t have a website but posts occasionally at Blog Flume, credits Nirvana’s Nevermind with having a massive impact upon him, even after just the first listen. He discussed the record and his Nevermind comic at SPIN’s Facebook page:
“I still have the copies of SPIN that I bought in high school that have Nirvana on the cover,” says Bennett. “‘Nevermind’ remains an embarrassingly huge deal to me and I probably could have written a graphic novel on the subject. Luckily I only had one week and two pages to pour my heart out.”

Bennett’s final work is “just a transcription of my first impressions of the record,” he says. “‘Nevermind’ affected me in a way no other art or music had up to that point in my life. I tried not to be ‘cool’ about it, just embarrass myself with the weight of the album’s impact if necessary to make the point.”

For more Jonathan Bennett comics, be sure to check out Mome from Fantagraphics as well as The Believer. For more on Nirvana’s Nevermind than you ever thought you could read, head over to SPIN.com’s Nevermind portal.

















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