20 classic albums that are 30 years old in 2021 — Kerrang!

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The six weeks between August 12 and September 24, 1991 might just be the greatest in the history of heavy music. All-time classics like Nirvana’s Nevermind, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jams Ten, Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion duo and Metallicas Black Album all dropped during that heady summer spell, and still feel as important now as they did back then. Looking back at the year’s news stories, however, confirms that it was a whole generation ago.

The first Gulf War was arguably the biggest headline-grabber of an indisputable annus miserabilis, with the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait triggering the Operation Desert Storm counteroffensive by UN and U.S. troops, which started in earnest in January 1991. By the end of February, American President George H. W. Bush…

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