The Story of Nirvana’s Unexpected Hit

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Smells Like Teen Spirit
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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.

New Jersey’s National Bartenders School Educates Aspiring Bartenders

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National Bartenders School
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Max Edelsack is a licensed bartender based in Westfield, New Jersey. Max Edelsack obtained his bartending license from the National Bartenders School in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Established in 1984, Woodridge, New Jersey’s National Bartenders School is an independent, owner-operated bartending school licensed by the New Jersey Department of Education. To obtain a bartending license, students must attend 10 days’ worth of morning, afternoon, or evening lessons; each daily lesson is 4-hours long to make up the required 40 hours needed to complete the course. Lessons consist of both lectures and practical experience behind a full-service bar. Enrollment in the course includes a textbook that contains: over 200 drink recipes, liquor inventory standards, information on setting up and breaking down the mixing station, and Responsible Alcohol Awareness Protocol.

Upon completion of the 40-hour bartending course, the National Bartenders School offers students lifetime job placement assistance through access to the school’s private employment webpage. Former students are also permitted to return to the school, free of charge, to refresh their bartending skills.