Australian cyclist recreates Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ cover using GPS

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An Australian cyclist has celebrated the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ by recreating the famous cover art using GPS tracking.

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Pete Stokes, a national park project manager, cycled nearly 150 km on a single-speed bike through the streets of Adelaide, using the exercise tracker Strava to sketch the outline of the swimming child featured on the 1991 album artwork .

talking to GuardianStokes, who regularly photographs mapping software via Cycling, said it took about eight hours for Nirvana Kid to complete, with a bakery stop in between.


“This is what my fans felt at the time. Nirvana has a place in my record collection,” he said. “I was in high school when this album came out — I was about 14, and that’s when you got the music. building his love for him.”

In addition to the ‘Nevermind’ cover, the 45-year-old cyclist has drawn sketches of dinosaurs, dragons, foxes and even a selfie alongside Ludwig van Beethoven to mark the composer’s 250th birthday.

Nirvana’s genre-defining LP was released on September 24, 1991 and included the hit singles ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Come As You Are’. It brought alternative music into the mainstream, inspiring three generations of music lovers and musicians around the world.

The band has announced a special re-issue of ‘Nevermind’ to mark the 30th anniversary of the album. High-resolution 192kHz 24-bit from the original half-inch stereo analog tapes will be remastered for a series of reissues, releasing on November 12th.

Spencer Alden – who posed as a naked child floating on the cover – has said he wants his image to be censored upon re-release.


Elden, now 30, is currently suing the surviving members of the band and the estate of Kurt Cobain, among other individuals and entities. The lawsuit alleges that the use of Alden’s image on album art when he was a few months old amounted to “commercial child sexual abuse”.

Meanwhile, the BBC recently celebrated 30 years of ‘Nevermind’ (1991) with a new film about the time of Nirvana in Britain. Topic When Nirvana Came to Britain, it can be streamed Here Via BBC iPlayer.

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