We're a nonprofit and so our farmers' market is cool because we don't take any percentage from anybody. | He was under a lot of pressure and he made a bad choice. Then you have lawmakers who are pandering to people because they’re afraid they’re going to lose their seat. reason: Is part of the appeal of Kurt Cobain that he was too beautiful, too sensitive for this world? And so I went and I sat down and there was a suggested donation, so I gave like a hundred bucks or whatever because I thought it'd be the decent thing to do instead of just like bumrushing or crashing the party. Well, don't tell me what to do with my music. Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. From the January 2021 issue, Robby Soave PS: Some (I won’t say how much) of Nirvana’s legendary status was due to the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain which occurred at the group’s peak. It just captures the imagination. And for better or for worse, what Trump is saying is resonating with a lot of people. 2. Dave Grohl being the most talented- seeing as he actually founded the group and drove it musically. You live in Washington, D.C., an urban area, maybe if you have some kind of local law that you want to have gun control, maybe that's the way to go instead of broad-based protections. One of the other 3 American Questions addresses people’s confidence in the government. Krist Novoselic is best known as the co-founder and bassist of Nirvana, one of the most influential music groups of the past quarter century. We talked all about that. What kind of effect is technology having on the music industry? That was a big part of his [1994 suicide]. It's like: Music should be free, but computer software shouldn't. The U.S. House has built this wall around itself, and it’s just really hard to get these changes through. | I'm like, "Ohhh, I'm in trouble.". This is absurd and I am myself a drummer. 12.17.2020 5:18 PM, © 2020 Reason Foundation | Did you and Kurt Cobain or Dave Grohl or Pat Smear, the great guitarist for The Germs who toured with Nirvana, share the same politics? Barack Obama's Favorite Songs of 2020: Springsteen, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Bobby Keys Remembered: Jerry Castle Talks ‘With the Band,’ One of Stones Saxophonist’s Last Sessions, Ozzy Osbourne Writing 9-Minute ‘Really Crazy Journeys’ for New Album, Producer Says, ‘RS Interview: Special Edition’ With Serj Tankian. I was not a fan at all of Nirvana in the 1990s. Krist Novoselic is the former bassist for Nirvana. Grohl founded Foo Fighters. Politically FairVote probably won't get anywhere. Novoselics proposals on government reform amount to putting a silky populist glove on the iron gauntlet that beats you. Novoselic: There was a shared politics. You were born in 1965, so you're coming up on that. reason: In an interview, you once said that the Republican Party should really have been embracing anarchy if it was true to its rhetoric. reason: You are almost 50. Novoselic: Globalization's a great thing. We want a non-partisan primary. ... “USA politics have gone bonkers. Their music most definitely does not suck, and did represent a turning point in popular music (although to listen to most radio stations now it would be hard to tell). “‘But it’s not every day in Iceland that we divert roads for elves. People can be really cynical and corrupt because they look for ways around the state or they don't trust the state and you couldn't speak out against the state and so things could get kind of sketchy. He has served as president of the Joint Artists and Musical Promotions political-action committee, been elected as a State Commiteeman, considered a run at Lieutenant Governor of Washington, and been politically active in various campaigns on both the local and national level. Sounds like a plan, as long as there’s an IQ test of some sort involved. It’s just in this case we were warned that elves were living in some of the rocks in the path of the road – well, we have to respect that belief. It's communication and people speaking. Give him a column. That’s a cautionary tale to his former colleagues. It's semi-proportional. It can be frustrating. Novoselic: I'm doing social sciences and I'm working toward the degree in social sciences. Krist Novoselic Biography, Life, Interesting Facts Childhood and Early Life. can become their own class bent on protecting their interests at the expense of the public seems not only plausible but obviously true.”. Where do they stand on political reform? I grew up in Los Angeles, California. Relax, guys. Does it make sense to even be talking about Democrats and Republicans in this context? Christian Britschgi “ It’s like, prog rock was good, but in the ’ 70 s certain bands became institutions. reason: In your book Of Grunge and Government, you talk a little bit about the difference between Kurt Cobain as an individual and then as a kind of iconic savior. To date there’s no evidence that it did. If politics ever gets dehumanizing for me, I’ll just get out. Novoselic: I did. I'm not going to put it down. Have you spoken to Trump supporters?One of my neighbors is a Trump supporter, and he was telling me one of the reasons he supported him was that because Trump doesn’t take money from corporations. Their best album is Unplugged. You can’t be an expert at everything. Krist is an active member of his local democratic party, the Wahkiakum County Democrats. Want more Rolling Stone? Well, he denies that the climate changed. We can have a woman Grange Master because the family is a big part of the Grange life and the farm life is what they do. Krist Novoselic's Alternative Politics The Nirvana bassist on voting, farming, anarchism, heroin, and Kurt Cobain. I just enjoyed a partial sector of their work. It’s breathtaking how cavalierly bloodthirsty so much of our political class is. Their professional careers are based on studying the scene. Alberto Korda was the photographer. The school was really hard. And then I spoke to another neighbor, who’s supporting Sanders, and he told me the reasons why he was supporting Sanders, and one was that he doesn’t take money from corporations. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has praised Donald Trump for the “law and order” speech he gave on 1 June in response to protests sparked by … With a polarizing election season underway, and seats in the House and Senate becoming available later this year, Novoselic tells Rolling Stone he was eager to help the campaign. Krist Anthony Novoselic (born May 16, 1965) is a American rock musician best known as the bassist for Nirvana. Grunge-rock pioneer Krist Novoselic says he may run for lieutenant governor in what would be the next step of a transition from rock star to politician. The genie's out of the bottle. If I were a commercial farmer, that's a tough business. You can do whatever you want to do. Was that real or is it part of his myth? reason: It's changed intellectual property law as much as practice. People tend to do that, to create a deity. | Everybody wants to repeal Citizens United — they want to have some other campaign financing — so I’m like, “Well, what is this?”. The politician had served alongside a Republican from South Carolina, Bob Inglis, who had voted on a bill that would address global warming and, Novoselic says, was subsequently voted out. Meredith Bragg is the director of special projects at Reason TV. 12.18.2020 11:45 AM. It seems like every time we turn around, there's lead paint on the wall that's killing us. Novoselic got involved when retired Congressman Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington State and a friend of the bassist’s, reached out to him. It’s pretty good for a troll. They had this radical idea that not only are we going to allow women members but a woman can hold any office in the Grange. It was supposed to be a Constitutional Republic. Krist and Politics Sections. Beautiful vegetables from Peru and California in December and January. It's one thing in the Grange, because that's a voluntary association, or a band. 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What's happening right now is with our dysfunctional Congress, gridlock, all the cynicism, people are looking at FairVote reforms. It's a killer.". Yeah. They speak to American values. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Things are really out of whack and the lawmakers, they've circled the wagons. Well, I mean, you just have to look at the science. I don't think that corporations are these big bogeymen that a lot of people paint them to be. I was 14 years old when I moved to Aberdeen, Washington, and I wasn't functioning very well and so my parents were concerned. There's so much cynicism and people are angry. Israel is one big district. How would you answer the climate-change question yourself?I just do the basic things, like just consolidate trips, and saying, “Let’s just not go anywhere.” I could see nature clear-cut, looking out my window here. It has to do with psychology and dreaming. What have you made of the presidential campaign so far? I don't want to take all the Nirvana songs offline. There's all these barriers to voting and ballot access and this gerrymandering. With 3 American Questions, the idea is to get past the sound bites. Are you guys getting big cheques from Koch Industries? Sign up for our newsletter. February 19, 2015 Music. Nirvana rules. Their best song is obviously the cover of Where did you sleep last night. It has a promise to bring opportunity and information to all corners of the world. reason: As long as they cross a minimum threshold? I’m not studying climate change right now or the debt. 12.17.2020 5:33 PM, Billy Binion Before Nevermind blew up: Poison and guitar solos After Nevermind: No more power ballads. | Novoselic, the son of Yugoslavian refugees, used to cleverly sabotage school assemblies. I really don’t have time to watch these spectacles. reason: Can we still be ecstatic in America today? It's a top-down structure. You have a double standard. Novoselic: We elect these representatives and they do nuances. http://www.Fox81.com. We grew up against Reagan because our punk rock scene was so anti-Reagan, "Bonzo goes to Bitburg" and "Let Them Eat Jellybeans," that whole thing. Populism, sometimes we vote for things that maybe should've been thought through a little better. All you can do is try and reach the one person who has one vote. There's tons of other bands out there. “I know many of you can’t stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech,” Novoselic wrote. I can hire somebody to help with the garden. Novoselic: I just left. Like in Europe, you vote for a party. I'm optimistic if we can keep the Internet wide open. Krist Novoselic called the president’s speech “strong and direct,” adding that the president’s message of strength “speaks to many,” according to screen shots of the deleted Facebook post included in published reports. You own guns? I wanna know what it’s like to not be threatened by a vagina. Nevermind is one of the few records ever made that has absolutely no filler. There were people in Seattle that I knew in the Seattle music community that died around the same time and I'm just like, "Who would ever want to do heroin? Novoselic: I've never done hard drugs because they never really appealed to me. Novoselic: There's an adaptation. Tuccille I think they're a good tool to have out in the country, and I should be able to protect my home and my family. | If people are fighting for better wages or whatever, environmentalism, the sea turtles, trying to save animals, I like that. He accidentally identified the problem in the title. I’m pretty sure all of my recycling goes to the plasma jet power generator at the dump. Farmers are isolated and they're getting exploited and we need to do something. Novoselic: I like my guns, yeah, because it just makes me more comfortable. Whatever your values are and your beliefs, that's your business. So 3 American Questions is about urging people to just look into these things. Marx espoused communism but he was off by a suffix. By all means. Much love to those vaginas – and even more to their owners. C- go back to your school under the bridge. It's a money conduit. Most other people didn't like music like Flipper. Why does anyone give a flying fuck about what Krist Novoselic thinks about politics? Yea, I really do want to watch an hour-long interview on the political views of a fucking musician who is border-line incoherent, and doesn’t know the difference between a democracy and a republic. It's simple. Some people want background checks and some people don't want to have background checks, or the gun show exclusion. It's more just a chemical thing—he was probably drunk or high or tripping? But if you want to buy the good stuff, then you buy the booklet with the great paper, the photographs, the DVD, the remix stuff. Novoselic: All the time. Not rockstar grilfriends or the ‘unwanted’ success in the music biz. Bummer alert: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is not one of us. That's the only reason I did it. 12.17.2020 11:40 AM. I had the time to do it. So there's a balance there. It's a luxury, so the luxuries that I choose are not necessarily a Lear jet or a Palm Springs second home. Too much was made of Cobain’s suicide, IMO, and at the.time I couldn’t muster a care one way or another. I think there are a lot of people who have a double standard. He's active in his local chapter of the fraternal farmer's organization, the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, proving you can go from grunge to Grange. But instead of complaining about it, what I did as Grange Master, I started a farmers' market. You forgot to answer the question. very broadly defined ? Since his tenure as the bass player for Nirvana, he has established himself as a leading advocate for electoral and grass roots political reform here in the United States. Bassist Krist Novoselic, however, has stepped back from the limelight. Is globalization a good thing? Novoselic: Well, it seemed like it was violence. Right? Individually and in organized groups, people are pushing back against lockdown orders. We'd be anti-government but we really didn't complain a lot. Novoselic: It was one of the best years of my life. It doesn't do partisan politics. "Krist Novoselic's Alternative Politics," produced by Nick Gillespie and Meredith Bragg. You can keep the rest of the catalog. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has responded after his initial defense of Nickelback following the Donald Trump controversy. What are the voting reforms that you champion and how do they accomplish that idea? its awesome,,, Start working at home with Google. and he yelled back, "Fuck you!" It means it takes 25 percent of the vote to get elected. Every day there’s some kind of new meme. Novoselic: I've been doing this since 1997 and we've made so much progress. That's all there is to it. 12.16.2020 2:20 PM. You have Trump on one side, and then you have Bernie Sanders on the other, and they’re basically storming the establishment. When you returned, did you recognize the greater space in America to be DIY? “Of the Bureaucrats, by the Bureaucrats, for the Bureaucrats, “The naked self-interest of the government-worker class, “For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted its opponents. Microsoft could have intellectual property but a musician can't? You need a shotgun. Rand did a good job on Meet the Press, again. In the decades since Nirvana ended, bassist Krist Novoselic has become an outspoken voice for political reform. Because I’m doing this for free and if they’re willing to put me on the payroll…. His newest band is called Giants in the Trees. Krist Novoselic. reason: Do you feel that the experience energized you to become part of a do-it-yourself movement? Novoselic: Yeah. Novoselic: That's their business. There’s no sunshine and rainbows hidden in that institution, which will come out if only we could tweek our glorious democracy this way or that. Active Democrat. But they were obviously talented musicians — there’s a reason that MTV Unplugged sold a billion copies. There were too many to concisely address. So they started these Granges up. Or… Nirvana was just a shitty Pixies and REM rip-off band led by a charismatic heroin addict that MTV pushed to a generation of soft-headed teenagers. Krist Novoselic Gets a Column The bassist for Nirvana followed his career with the seminal grunge band by talking a long stroll down a political path. Nice. Nick Gillespie and Meredith Bragg | … You are going to college now, so you still have time to work toward a pension. Excerpted from Carl Wilson’s new book, Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste (Bloomsbury) . Novoselic: You have people making their own way and making these structures, and there're these megachurches and they have their own day care, they have auto repair, they offer people benefits, insurance, and so they're making these structures. If you want to dig a little deeper into these three issues, it could really be a resource for you. I guess that’s what I’m interested in right now. Since the 1994 suicide of band leader Kurt Cobain, Novoselic has continued to play with various groups, including a stint with the legendary post-punk band Flipper and sporadic collaborations with former Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl. These people are like, "You've got to give your music away." They're promoting ranked choice voting, a type of proportional representation. Novoselic is a political activist, student, hobby farmer and musician who has recorded and performed with a number of artists in recent years, including Paul McCartney. I don’t really need that, you know? His latest venture is collaborating with … After Nirvana it seems there is only alternative music and alternative culture, a transformation that is both liberating and anxiety-producing. reason: You gave money in 2007 to Ron Paul. We’re trying to help. Some people refuse to believe that, though. I earn up to $100 a day. These are systems that are in use in the United States that are constitutionally protected and they have an American flavor. reason: Talk about the Grange. I went to the gymnasia and it was pretty neat. 3 American Questions is the opposite of running covert attack ads on any individual candidate. Nick Gillespie and Meredith Bragg Yeah, and your heart sinks.Yeah, like, “Oh, my God.” Then you start looking at the facts, and it’s like, “How much is the debt payment on this thing gonna be? How are we gonna pay it off?” When you bring it up, you get a thousand-yard stare from people, because it’s not a sexy issue. Novoselic: Apotheosis is a word. Which presidential candidate do you like?[Sighs.] Did he admit that religion is now the litmus test for political leaders (as he clearly said)? Novoselic has been involved in politics and activism for years, founding the Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee and even considering a run for Lieutenant Governor of … politically incoherent and committed to fouling the air around democracy. Their strategy is just to circle the wagons. I just keep going back and forth. 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