by Justin Henderson
Grunge took the indie and rock world by storm in the early 1990s–an explosion of sonic angst that spoke to almost everyone under the age of 25 but seemed to come out of nowhere. But the sound and the attitude that defined Grunge were rooted in a very specific and, at first glance, very unlikely place: Seattle.
This book not only tells the absorbing story of how Grunge evolved in basements, bars, and garages across the Seattle area, it also explains why Grunge could have developed nowhere else.
Packed with information and details about the city and the intertwined lives of the members of bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney, Grunge: Seattle also packs a dramatic and emotional punch as it describes the collisions between personalities and egos, artists corporations, suburbs and cities, obscurity and fame.
For those who want to visit the key locations in Grunge’s story and discover what those sites were like when the Melvins and Alice in Chains were playing, practicing, and partying there, this volume is a unique and invaluable guide (it even has maps!). For those who want to explore (without leaving their armchair) the uniquely grungy Seattle spirit, this book will take them there.
Justin Henderson lived in Seattle when Grunge was in bloom, and he offers an insider’s insights and the kind of local knowledge that only a local has. He paints a compelling portrait of a specific place and a specific time.
ISBN: 978-0-9843165-0-2; 116 pages, 3 maps, 15 photos; $14.95 print, $8.95 ebook.
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