Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged Sweater” Auctioned

  A graduate of Marist College who earned his degree in sports communication and psychology, Max Edelsack has a passion for rock music and was merchandise manager with Stickup Kid in 2014. One of the bands that has influenced Max Edelsack the most is Nirvana, and the band’s frontman, the late Kurt Cobain, continues to make headlines 25 years after his death.

As reported in Rolling Stone, Julien’s Auctions recently announced Cobain‘s iconic green cardigan, which he wore for his seminal Unplugged performance, will go on the auction block for the second time in four years. Never washed, the sweater combines acrylic, Lycra, and mohair, is missing a button, and has several cigarette burns.

The sweater was given to Frances Bean Cobain’s nanny Farry by Courtney Love after Cobain’s April 1994 death, less than six months after he performed in it for MTV in New York. With the sweater starting at $200,000, it is considerably more valuable than the sweater Cobain wore at his final Nirvana photo shoot, which went for $75,000. That sweater sold for double its original estimate, which points to a resurgent market for memorabilia associated with the still-relevant progenitor of grunge.

The Varied Discipline of Voice Acting and Voice-Overs

Max Edelsack is a music and sports enthusiast who graduated from Marist College and completed a degree in psychology and sports communication. During his undergraduate years, Edelsack did sports play-by-play announcing on his college’s FM radio station, and he has a longstanding interest in voice acting.

The latter discipline encompasses a wide range of voice-over work in mediums that include video games, anime, commercials, television shows, and movies. One of the most common uses is during introductions of live broadcasts such as talk shows and award ceremonies, as well as sporting events where competitors are announced.

Voice-overs may be found in nearly any type of film, including classics such as Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. Voice acting is most prevalent in documentaries, which can range from nature programs to biographies of prominent historical figures.

Voice-over artists are also utilized within a wide range of digital communications systems, from direct telephone prompts to GPS systems that provide driver directions.The key, then, for the successful voice-over artist is versatility, as she or he must be able to authoritatively embody the production without actually appearing on the screen.

The Story of Nirvana’s Unexpected Hit

Smells Like Teen Spirit pic
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Image: nirvana.com

Max Edelsack received his bachelor’s degree in sports communication from Marist College in 2016. A music lover, Max Edelsack’s favorite band is Nirvana.

Formed in 1987 in Aberdeen, Washington, Nirvana has turned out to be one of second-generation punk’s most successful acts. After the release of their sophomore album, 1991’s Nevermind, Nirvana changed alternative rock, bringing the genre into the mainstream.

The band’s iconic song is Smells Like Teen Spirit, the lead single from Nevermind. At the time, the song was considered an unlikely hit.

The dominating artists on the 1991 pop charts were singers like Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey. Compared to the current hits, Smells Like Teen Spirit was considered loud and unintelligible, yet the song reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

NPR columnist Guy Raz believes that Smells Like Teen Spirit became a hit because it appealed to the so-called “slacker generation.” While the song was expected to resonate with angst-ridden teenagers, it became a crossover anthem that was popular with the mainstream audience.