By Hayden Bagot



A Conversation with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic at the 2017 SXSW Conference [Video]

"Seattle music was selling music world-wide to international acclaim and then we were getting basically shut down by the state and city . . . we started to advocate a message with legislators that our music community is an asset and not a liability and we bring cultural and economic vitality to the region and we started to change perspectives . . . and that’s how I got my civic education." – Krist Novoselic

Krist Novoselic, bassist of legendary rock band Nirvana and Board Chair for FairVote, joins us for this Featured Session at the 2017 SXSW Conference for a conversation with John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of The Daily Beast, and a CNN political analyst.

This conversation provides an entry point for anyone interested in learning more about proposed election and voting reforms in the United States election process. FairVote, a non-profit that seeks to make democracy fair by reforming voting processes, seeks to re-incentivize the democratic process to combat the political apathy that develops in groups that feel under-represented in democracy. Novoselic, an influential part of the Northwest political scene, and Avlon cover the key components of reform such as preferential balloting and independent redistricting commissions, while keeping the conversation accessible to those who are new to the concepts.

Watch the full SXSW 2017 Featured Session in the video above featuring a conversation between Krist Novoselic (Nirvana, FairVote) and John Avlon (The Daily Beast), and an extended Q&A session with the audience. In the Q&A, Novoselic opens the conversation up to cover anything the audience is curious about, including his music career.

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By Hayden Bagot