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that seattle sound by v
November 17, 2011, 8:21 am
Filed under: boox, shit i sort of like

Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge is a bit of a mess, albeit an honest and well-intentioned one. The book is ambitious — it clocks in at 500-plus pages — and author Mark Yarm attempts to tell the tale of grunge chronologically, from every angle: the early musicians (Green River, Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden), the founding of Sub Pop, the marketing blitz that followed Nirvana’s meteoric rise and left a sour taste in many a Seattle mouth. It’s capped off by the dissolution of Soundgarden and the slow, sad death of Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley in 2002.

The biggest problem here is that the cast of characters is so enormous, it’s difficult to know who’s speaking at a given point—not to mention the issue of chapters ending at seemingly arbitrary times and people popping into the conversation randomly. If you endeavor to read it, I found the key was to stop caring who was saying what (unless it was an obvious one — the Chris Cornells and the Krist Novoselics) and just take it all in — crazy stage antics, shorts-over-long-johns, bandmate swapping, countless drug-overdose funerals. Though there are plenty of interesting nuggets scattered throughout, the casual grunge fan might find it drags in spots.

But of course, you can always just check the index and look up anything related to Courtney Love — easily the highlight. To wit, here’s Courtney on the ever-present murder rumor:

COURTNEY LOVE: I read recently, Kim Gordon—and she was just trying to fucking get to me, so I ignored it — Kim Gordon going in the NME, “Yeah, Buzz has some theories on Kurt’s death dah dah dah that I agree with.” It’s like Kim, I can’t wait to see you at the Marc Jacobs store. I’m gonna stick my boot so far up your withered ass! Jesus Christ.

And just for fun, some AIC for your Thursday.


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