What Krist Novoselic Has Been Doing Since Attaining Nirvana

Most people know what Dave Grohl has been up to since his days in Nirvana.

Kirst Novoselic, on the other hand, has stayed out of the public limelight (at least compared to Grohl) – BUT he’s still been a very busy bass player.  He’s played in bands like Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift and Flipper. And he’s also been very active in political…activism.

In 1995 he founded the Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political Action Committee (JAMPAC). The organization, acting as an advocate for the music community in Washington State, helped get rid of the backwards, infamous and evil Teen Dance Ordinance – a measure that had blocked the ability of Seattle music venues to hold all-ages shows since 1985.

Novoselic has also written a book. Of Grunge and Government: Let’s Fix this Broken Democracy was published in 2004. It was intended (according to the back cover as “a missive to young people, calling for engagement in the American political system.”

He’s also got a blog…well he did, at least until today, 21 September 2010. He’s been writing a blog for the Seattle Weekly since 2007 on music and politics…but hanging up his hat as of today to go back to school. An archive of the blog can be found…here.

And he might not have the microphone himself, but Novoselic has still thought of innovative ways to get political messages across through music. One year ago today, 21 September 2009, when Pearl Jam was playing a show at the Keyarena in Seattle, Novoselic asked Eddie Vedder to say a few words about an upcoming local election…

And way back in 1999, when the Battle of Seattle was raging against the World Trade Organization – Novoselic banded together with Jello Biafra, Kim Thayil and Gina Mainwal to perform some timely and appropriate music for those concerned with what the WTO was doing in, and to, the world.

Novoselic’s activism throughout his music career is a prime example of what can be done by becoming engaged in the relationship between music, community, and politics. He tries to get people thinking. It just remains up to them to decide whether or not they are going to listen.

“I’m so tired of polarization. I try to be positive and talk about ideas.
…Democracy is everybody’s business.”

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