Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic fears “Nevermind” masters are “gone forever” in Universal fire; R.E.M., Hole react

Geffen RecordsNirvana's Krist Novoselic has reacted to Tuesday's The New York Times Magazine report on the 2008 Universal Studios fire, in which more than 100,000 master recordings owned by Universal Music Group were destroyed.

Responding to a fan on Twitter who asked if the Nevermind masters were lost, Novoselic replied, "I think they are gone forever."

Meanwhile, artists including R.E.M. and Hole, both of whom also reportedly lost recordings in the fire, are sharing their reaction. 

"We are trying to get good information to find out what happened and the effect on the band's music, if any," R.E.M. tweeted. "We will detail further as and when."

In a statement to Pitchfork, a rep for Hole says the band was "not aware" of the reported damage until the morning of the NYT story.

According to the report, other artists whose master recordings were destroyed include Guns N' Roses, Tom Petty and the Heartbrakers, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Chuck Berry, The Police, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Eminem.

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