May 16, 1965

On this day in 1965, Krist Anthony Novoselic was born in Compton, California to Croatian parents, Krsto and Maria.

The Novoselic’s moved to Aberdeen, Washington in 1979. Novoselic says that everything from classic rock group’s such as Led Zeppelin, to punk group’s like The Sex Pistols were influential in his bass playing.

He bought a guitar in his senior year of high school and around this time, Novoselic’s brother Robert had a friend, Kurt Cobain, whom he introduced him to. Novoselic played in a few local groups, including a CCR cover band with Cobain. The pair soon started working on a new band.

That band would become (after many name changes) Nirvana. In 1987, they started playing house parties and small gigs in Olympia. The next year, Nirvana had its first single, “Love Buzz,” released by Sub Pop Records. The Seattle music scene was starting to boom, and Nirvana released their debut album, Bleach, in 1989. That same year, Novoselic married his longtime girlfriend Shelli. On September 24th 1991, the now legendary record Nevermind was released and Nirvana quickly took over the ears of teenagers all over the world. Nirvana is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide, as the bassist of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic was a part of the music revolution.

Shelli and Novoselic divorced in 1999, and in 2004, Novoselic married artist Darbury Stenderu. They reside in Wahkiakum County, Washington. Novoselic attended Lower Columbia College and studied pre-law. On May 4,2016, he announced that he had completed his pre-law course.

Novosleic is still actively playing his accordion and bass.


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