by Brian Zylstra | December 19th, 2013
Krist Novoselic and Secretary of State Kim Wyman at “Grand Coulee to Grunge” exhibit launch last September. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle)
It isn’t every day that a band or artist from our fair state of Washington is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That alone is cause for celebration. But it’s even more special when one of the 2014 inductees is a friend of this office.
That’s the case with grunge icons Nirvana being chosen to join the Hall of Fame next April in New York. The bass player for the group from Aberdeen is Krist Novoselic, who was the subject of an oral history by Legacy Project State Historian John C. Hughes. The oral history, called “Krist Novolselic: Of Grunge and Government,” focuses on his transition from being part of the most popular rock band in the world 20 years ago to becoming a political activist and Master of Grays River Grange No. 124 in Wahkiakum County.
In 2009, Novoselic was the guest speaker of a “Brown Bag” lunch event that our office held in the Legislative Building’s Columbia Room. His talk centered on his growing involvement with politics.
Last September, Novoselic was one of a handful of luminaries who spoke at the launch of the “Grand Coulee to Grunge” exhibit that is on display in the Secretary of State’s front lobby on the second floor of the Legislative Building until next September.
Congratulations to Krist and fellow Nirvana member Dave Grohl for this long-awaited honor for the band.