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The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore  during the recording of  Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged show in  1993 was sold with stains and cigarette burns. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

A cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s appearance on MTV Unplugged has sold for $334,000 (€301,430) at auction, making it the most expensive (...)

Daniel Johnston: an unlikely recipient of a major-label deal. Photograph: Frank Mullen/WireImage/Getty

Of all the artists signed in the post-Nirvana gold rush – a brief and bizarre period when the US music industry, wrong-footed by Nevermind’s unexpecte(...)

Daniel Johnston: the singer-songwriter and visual artist was acclaimed as one of the United States’ most gifted outsider voices. Photograph: Bryan Schutmaat/New York Times

Daniel Johnston, a singer-songwriter and visual artist whose childlike, haunted songs brought him acclaim as one of the United States’ most gifte(...)

Shirley Manson of Garbage on stage at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Photograph:  Kieran Frost/Redferns

It’s almost 25 years since Garbage released their debut album, called Garbage, the cover of which still sums the band up: a rawly spray-painted black (...)

A Clockwork Orange: Ronnie Barker’s Porridge offered more biting satire

There are no sacred cows. Once something gains such status it has begun to atrophy. You may as well sling it in a gallery and put a red rope around it(...)

Lot 53: Bronze death mask of Robert Emmet (€800- €1,200) at Whyte’s.

The phone lines at Whyte’s on Molesworth Street have been hopping since the catalogue for its forthcoming Eclectic Collector sale was issued last week(...)

Baxter Robot (centre) pictured with his Happyalone bandmates, Slee and Paperclip Photograph: Zach Cronin.

I remember listening to Nevermind when I was seven or eight-years-old on my father’s Creative Zen MP3 Player and instantly wanting to buy the album. (...)

Snail Mail: “Avril Lavigne got me into music … into alternative music.” Photograph: Michael Lavine

Ellicott City, Maryland, has a hard-won reputation as the US’s most haunted town. At night a “demon truck” is rumoured to prowl the highways, like a g(...)

In 1993, Nirvana contributed an outtake from the Nevermind sessions called Verse Chorus Verse to an AIDS relief benefit album. The title was a pithy d(...)

Penneys was dead to me from the moment it left me with my trousers around my ankles in Greystones. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Penneys was dead to me from the moment it left me with my trousers around my ankles in Greystones more than a decade ago. To be honest, I didn’t much (...)

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