In 1992, the Washington state legislature attempted to pass a bill called the Erotic Music Law. The law would allow courts to declare certain albums “erotic” by their content, and would make it illegal to sell those albums to those under the age of 18. A lobbying group called the Washington Music Industry Coalition formed as a response to the bill. Novoselic and Nirvana actively campaigned against the bill and performed a benefit concert for the lobbying group in September 1992.
In 1995, the Erotic Music Law was reintroduced to the Washington State Legislature as the Matters Harmful to Minors bill. Noting that the music industry had serious clout in Seattle given the success of the scene, Novoselic proposed creating a political action committee, which was named JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee). Over the next several years, JAMPAC fought a number of different issues, including the Teen Dance Ordinance, a 1985 law that severely limited the ability of minors to attend shows. With JAMPAC, Novoselic began to turn his focus more and more towards politics.
Novoselic remains active in politics as an elected State Committeeman, making appearances to advocate electoral reform (especially instant-runoff voting and proportional representation) and running the website. He considered a 2004 run for Lieutenant Governor of Washington (as a Democrat, challenging an incumbent of the same party), but ultimately decided against it. He also joined the board of FairVote, then the Center for Voting and Democracy), and was appointed chair in January 2008. His first book, Of Grunge and Government: Let’s Fix This Broken Democracy, was published in October 2004. It covers Novoselic’s musical past, including Nirvana’s rise to a world wide phenomenon of the early 1990s. Novoselic also covers how he got involved in politics, his support of electoral reform, and his belief in the need to return to grassroots movements and clean up politics in general.
He withdrew from the campaign for county clerk of Wahkiakum County. He was running under the “Grange Party.” He is a member of The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. However, the Grange is not actually a political party. He was running in order to protest Washington State’s system in which a candidate can claim any party as their own (real or fictional).
Novoselic has been married twice. His first wife was Shelli Dilley; he met her in high school, and they began dating in 1985. They were married in December 1989; they divorced in late 1999. In early 2004, he married artist Darbury Ayn Stenderu, and they have two sons and a daughter from a Krist’s previous marriage. He currently resides near Deep River, Washington, in ruralWahkiakum County, Washington.
He wrote a blog for the Seattle Weekly website from 2007 to 2010. He currently goes to Lower Columbia College.
What a freaking badass man. That’s how I want to be when I’m older. I want to look normal (because funky looking old people are scary) but have the past of a fucking AMAZING person