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Everybody Loves Our Town Twenty Years After The Release Of Nirvana S Landmark Album Nevermind Comes Everybody Loves Our Town An Oral History Of Grunge, The Definitive Word On The Grunge Era, Straight From The Mouths Of Those At The Center Of It All In , Fledgling Seattle Label C Z Records Released Deep Six, A Compilation Featuring A Half Dozen Local Bands Soundgarden, Green River, Melvins, Malfunkshun, The U Men And Skin Yard Though It Sold Miserably, The Record Made Music History By Documenting A Burgeoning Regional Sound, The Raw Fusion Of Heavy Metal And Punk Rock That We Now Know As Grunge But It Wasn T Until Five Years Later, With The Seemingly Overnight Success Of Nirvana S Smells Like Teen Spirit, That Grunge Became A Household Word And Seattle Ground Zero For The Nineties Alternative Rock Explosion Everybody Loves Our Town Captures The Grunge Era In The Words Of The Musicians, Producers, Managers, Record Executives, Video Directors, Photographers, Journalists, Publicists, Club Owners, Roadies, Scenesters And Hangers On Who Lived Through It The Book Tells The Whole Story From The Founding Of The Deep Six Bands To The Worldwide Success Of Grunge S Big Four Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden And Alice In Chains From The Rise Of Seattle S Cash Poor, Hype Rich Indie Label Sub Pop To The Major Label Feeding Frenzy That Overtook The Pacific Northwest From The Simple Joys Of Making Noise At Basement Parties And Tiny Rock Clubs To The Tragic, Lonely Deaths Of Superstars Kurt Cobain And Layne Staley Drawn From ThanNew Interviews With Members Of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees, Hole, Melvins, Mudhoney, Green River, Mother Love Bone, Temple Of The Dog, Mad Season, L, Babes In Toyland,Year Bitch, TAD, The U Men, Candlebox And Many And Featuring Previously Untold Stories And Never Before Published Photographs, Everybody Loves Our Town Is At Once A Moving, Funny, Lurid, And Hugely Insightful Portrait Of An Extraordinary Musical Era Much in the manner of previous oral histories see Legs McNeil sPlease Kill Me The Uncensored Oral History of Punk on broadly defined musical movements centered on specific geographic locations, this is a book about a cultural time and place Note while most of the chapters in McNeil s book end and then I caught the clap from Nico, in this one, the analogue seems to be and then Courtney Love threw her shoes at me The chapters detailing the life and evolution of Sub Pop Records are particularly fascinating, and the various perspectives and recollections on the most important events in the Seattle alternative rock zeitgeist confirm the subjectivity with which we are forced to recall history in the pre internet age, but you should read this for the bawdy anecdotes and revealing musical insights by the actors themselves, not for any kind of historical accuracy Though it s a tale suffused withthan its share of tragedy apparently, everyone in Seattle from 1988 until 1998 was, in fact, a junkie, so it wasn t just a Rolling Stone propagated myth Who knew , fans of the music of that time and place will find this a worthwhile read. Please visit www.readrantrockandroll.com for this review and othersI m going to admit right off the rip that I ve been told I m still living in the 90 s I am really My teen years literally consisted of listening to music and playing in band Grunge was and very much still is a large part of my life So, when I recently discovered this book, I had to get it I think when many people hear the word grunge they instantly think of the fourpopular 90 s grunge bands including Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana and Soundgarden Many don t realize that the movement emerged before these big four Deep Sixwas released in 1986 and this is where it all started, of course I didn t discover these bands until years later when they became huge and I was a little older There s a lot to learn in this book that was going on prior to Nirvana and Pearl Jam It starts in the 80 s and progresses up into 2011.I loved the oral history format the author used for this book The way it s written, you re basically reading quotes from scads of different people including band members, producers, managers, photographers, roadies andYou ll learn about some of the stuff they did, places they went, relationships they had with each other, pain they endured from deaths, andThere are pictures included, but I wish there wereHow sad is it when listening to a favorite online grunge hits of the 90 s music station, I m reminded of the fact that the singers from the last four songs I ve just heard are dead, and all from drugs It s very depressing, but at the same time, I remind myself that grunge is not dead at least not to me I ll be ninety and still listening to this stuff Many of these bands went forward and continued to be successful including, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl from Nirvana , Candlebox, and Alice in Chains, even with Layne and Mike gone, they re still going There are things you ll never know about the grunge movement if you don t read this book Some of the artists that I believed had it all together, really never did Some never finished school, many performed drunk and high, barely hung on, died, and some fought like crazy You had band members switching around to different groups It s wild and adventurous If you listen to grunge or have been a fan in the past, read this5 This should be compelling for anyone who likes grunge, 90s music, or just reading about the lives of musicians and creative people in general The first couple of hundred pages or so were admittedly somewhat less compelling for me, at least initially, just because I didn t know who a lot of these early bands were The U Men, Green River but I gradually came to appreciate the scope of the story the author, Mark Yarm, was trying to tell, recreating the feel of Seattle in the late 80s, beforea cowboy town back then , as Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden puts it, not known for a history of music, a blank slate through a fugue of conflicting memories, old resentments and nostalgia The day Reagan was elected, I got on a Greyhound bus to Seattle , one of the minor players remembers, and the book allows you to vicariously experience that sense of romance feeling as though you have an infinite amount of time in front of you, and heading as far west in America as you can get that s the beauty of Greyhound, as well it might not be quick or glamorous, but it gets you where you need, or want, to go, at least within the contiguous 48 and parts of Canada One of the book s blurbs, from The Wall Street Journal, describes the Seattle music scene as a revolution that ate its own children I guess that would make Kurt Cobain Lenin Chris Cornell Trotsky they even looked somewhat similar, or is that just me Stalin would be, well, heroin, or maybe Courtney Love and Axl Rose would be Nicholas II Speaking of whom, by the way, Axl Rose that is, these guys really, truly did not like Guns N Rosesnot that I blame them There s a funny anecdote recounted by Susan Silver, who was both Soundgarden s manager and married to Chris Cornell I had a box of T shirts, some new designs And I was so excited Oh my God, I was so excited Hey, guys I have something to tell you We got an offer today to go on tourWITH GUNS N ROSES They the members of Soundgarden didn t say a word After about 30 seconds it felt like an eternity one of them said, what s in the box It would be silly to stretch the WSJ s analogy too far The diffusiveness of the voices here belies the idea that there was some shared ethos that everyone in the scene believed in also, as many people have noticed, Nirvana and Alice in Chains, for example, just don t really sound all that similar And yet there was a commonality, aside from the fact that they were all from the same city most of them, anyway Screaming Trees were from central Washington, after all, not Seattle even if the bands differed from each other stylistically, their music shared a vision of spiritual alienation that contrasted sharply with the superficiality of the hair metal that was so en vogue in the late 80s Kurt Cobain has become such a mythological figure that his inner life seems especially inaccessible to me, no matter how much testimony we get from people who knew him but the impression I got from the book is not very different from the impression that I had before he was a gifted and introverted songwriter who, practically overnight, achieved a level of fame he probably never could have imagined, became the voice of a generation by his mid 20s, and, as a real artist, felt ambivalent about what was not just fame or attention, but reverence As Krist Novoselic, Nirvana s bassist, remembers We were these young people from southwest Washington, ill equipped We didn t have the emotional support and the experience at all to deal with this And we were just whisked away whiskedup into it, and it went up and up and up, like the spaceship Challenger And then it explodedDave and I landed, right But Kurt didn t.Cobain also had serious stomach problems he mentions his stomach in his suicide note , and became addicted to heroin along with his wife Courtney Love, who never seems to have experienced any ambivalence at all about fame or attention Years later, she s still bitching that Kurt should ve been on the cover of Time, goddammit, instead of Eddie Vedder They were all riding Kurt s coattails Kurt wasn t some small dicked beta male her words At one point she very strongly insinuates that Buzz Osbourne of The Melvins attempted to murder Cobain with an overdose of heroin, and the author gives Osbourne the opportunity to respond that is a complete fabrication made by someone who is insane TheCourtney spoke, and theapparent it became that she was incapable of telling an anecdote that didn t in some way reflect positively on herself, thedubious I became of anything she had to say She also hates Candlebox and Alanis Morissette To be fair, it sounds like everyone hated Candlebox, and a short chapter is devoted to treating them with the kind of derision reserved within these pages only for Bush and Stone Temple Pilots every revolution has its johnny come latelies, after all, and none of the interviewees seem very open to the suggestion that Comedown and Glycerine might actually be great songs But I decided to look up a couple of Candlebox s singles on YouTube, unable to remember what they sounded like or even if I d ever heard them, and I have to say that Far Behind and You aren t half bad Either one at least, if you happen to have spent the 90s listening to Jersey Shore s 95.9 The Rat or some equivalent, will cause you to mumble, oh, that song Mark Arm, of the band Mudhoney, remembers traveling with Kurt Cobain.Kurt and I were on the bus between Davenport and Chicago, and Kurt said something like, I don t know how you do it Kurt was just fuckin loaded on pills, and I said something like, You just gotta want to do it bad enough What I regret not saying is, You need to dump your junkie wife, because you re not going to be able to do this while you re in a partnership with someone who s also an enthusiast A number of the interview subjects wrestle with the idea that there was something they should have done or said to help a friend escape addiction Alice in Chains is my favorite of the Seattle bands, and so it s especially sad to read about Layne Staley and what was essentially his prolonged suicide He died in 02, but started using heroin in the early 90s with his girlfriend Demri As a friend named Johnny Bacolas remembers,Layne and Demri told me they started doing dope and how wonderful it was, and right then I knew they were goners You can just tell with certain peoplethey re lifers Someone don t want to say who brought Layne some heroin because they couldn t find any coke And he tried it, and he said that was the first time he really thanked God He literally looked up to the sky and said, thank you for this feeling By most accounts, Staley was a sweet, humble and unassuming guy who really was tortured Bacolas remembers a night they spent together at Lake Chelan, in Washington Layne was trying to kick heroin that weekend, as well That was really the reason he went on that camping trip, to try to clean upone night, he drank quite a bit, and him and I are on this beach We ended up sitting at this little bridge over the lake He was very, very depressed it was basically the withdrawals and he just grabbed me and started crying And he told me that he wanted to kill himself He, in my mind, was considering doing it right then and there at that bridgeWe ended up going to this parking lot, and there s probably 30 cars there, all blasting music People smoking weed and drinking beer All teenagers We had the windows down, we were just parked, smoking cigarettes Some kids recognized Layne, and they were like, Dude, there s Layne Staley And the other guys were like, no, it s not He wouldn t be in Lake Chelan And they all came up to the car, probably 15 kids, and they re like, If you re Layne Staley, prove it And Layne was just looking straight ahead Sunglasses on, 2 o clock in the morning, wouldn t even acknowledge them Finally, one of the guys pulls up in a truck, cranks No Excuses , and he goes, If you re Layne Staley, sing along And Layne started singing Verse, chorus Nailed it, exactly like it sounded on the record All the kids were like, holy shit, it s fuckin him and then Layne s like, Let s get out of here And then we drove off A few years later, after the band s success is behind them, Nick Pollock runs into Layne, now around 30, in downtown Seattle I was in such shock because he was like a skeleton His skin was gray I don t remember him having any teeth We had a nice conversation let s get together , the usual things people say but this is surreal This is a nightmare I don t even know who I m talking to My friend, but not my friend.I d prefer to picture him that night at the lake, though There were survivors, of course, or provisional survivors Chris Cornell of Soundgarden had gotten clean and eventually created Audioslave with the former members of Rage Against the Machine Like a Stone was always nice to hear on the radio in the mid 00s and had seemed to transition into that phase of life when the days of self hatred and compulsiveness were behind him, and he d made it through or it might have at least seemed that way to younger people like myself, who would like to believe in the existence of such a stage of life But he hanged himself in a hotel room in Detroit in spring of 17, possibly having taken too much or the wrong mixture of prescribed medications I still don t really understand what happened, and I m not sure that anyone does Less than a year later, Dolores O Riordan of The Cranberries, whose voice was just as distinctive as Cornell s and puts me just as much in mind of the 90sso, actually, even though The Cranberries obviously were not from Seattle, considering that The Rat used to play Zombie and Ode to My Family about 10x as often as Outshined and Black Hole Sun , died in a hotel room in London, drowned in her bathtub while drunk, which seems to have been an accident But then there s someone like Mark Lanegan, singer of the Screaming Trees and one of Kurt Cobain s closest friends, reflecting years later there was a time when I thought I didn t have any choice in the matter, when I spent almost a year in various situations jail, rehab, halfway house And just through the sheer fact that I wasn t able to get outside, so to speak and also because I really just did not want to live that way any longer for me it wasn t hard It was the end of a nightmare that had lasted for years and years I had always hoped that I would be able to stop, but I never was able to Eventually, I was A lot of that had to do with changing my way of thinking on a great many thingssome battles you just have to give up I was pretty stubborn, I thought I could do a lot of things myself but the smartest guys I knew are not around any, because they thought they could think their way out of an unthinkable situation.Never heard of Mark Lanegan I hadn t, either But that s okay He didn t become especially famous, didn t become the voice of a generation, but he got to stay alive Or, as an Alice in Chains song goes, but that don t last forever,something s gotta turn out right. I nearly gave up on this book shortly after I started it I was born in late 1980, so I was only ten years old when Nevermind hit the stores and brought grunge into mainstream America, so during the years that grunge was vital and relevant, I was a little too young to connect with it My friends cool older siblings liked Soundgarden and Nirvana and Pearl Jam although the fourth big grunge band is consistently listed as Alice in Chains, I have never had a personal relationship with anyone interested in that band , and I had a couple of Pearl Jam CDs on my shelf collecting dust because my mom had heard somewhere that all the cool kids liked Pearl Jam, and she wasn t going to tolerate a kid who wouldn t even try to be cool , but I was never really an active grunge fan I mean, I liked flannel because it was a style that was kind to fat kids, but I didn t personally connect to the music Even today, I generally reference Kurt Cobain when I m helping people who want clarification on how I spell my name, but I m certainly not a devoted Nirvana fan And the first 100 150 pages of this book are largely concerned with the regional roots of grunge Many vapid observations about bands you ve probably never heard of Man, I went to that U Men show at that venue, and I was sooooo drunk Yeah, there was a dead cat at that one show, and it was crazy Yeah, I met this member of my new band in my high school, and we smoked pot at his mom s house, then I met this other member of my new band in my high school and we smoked pot at my mom s house It was a bunch of people telling inane stories about when they used to be cool in their hometown And with no connection, I was prepared to give up on the book and write a polite review about how it s only geared toward those who are already intense grunge fans.And then Courtney Love showed up.Into a world of rational observations and shallow analysis, Yarm starts sharing quotes from Courtney Love, who thunders in like a hostile unicorn stomping around in an uncovered septic tank She spills her trash mouthed crazy sauce all over the pages of this book and turns it into something amazing.I recognize that Love is generally portrayed negatively, with different figures complaining about her toxic influence, and her own quotes being almost unfailingly agitated and disrespectful And in the context of the whole book, she has a small role, only a few quotes and a fewreferences to her by other participants in the project Still, the book changes at a fundamental level when she appears It gets wild and unpredictable, especially since that s about the point where the narrative picks up speed Bands start taking off on a national level, and the sources interviewed start sharing not only their thoughts but also their responses to the ways they were portrayed at the time The book develops a sense of purpose, an epic scale like a collection of Shakespearean tragedies, and a grand historical perspective, and Yarm s gifts as an historian really begin to shine.Yarm is, by all the evidence in this book, a phenomenal historian The range of perspectives is simply astounding nearly every member of every significant band, plus the music executives, the venue owners, the roadies, the random fans In a few haunting moments, Kurt Cobain even speaks, as Yarm shares contextually appropriate excerpts from Cobain s suicide note and his journals Yarm also shows a great deal of precision and care as he takes disconnected interviews and weaves them together to make clear moments and clear timelines Yarm s sense of humor is wicked and brilliant, as he often juxtaposes contradictory memories or allows his stars to laugh about what their friends have said about them After the first rough couple of hundred pages, I loved this book at a level I can t really explain I was excited for band members who would enjoy things that they did well, and when tragedy would occasionally strike, usually in the form of an overdose and a gripping memorial service beautifully captured with reverent memories of the participants, sharing pain that hasn t really gone away in twenty years , I almost always had to put the book down and walk around the house for a while before I could get centered enough to return to the story Band members still mourn the emotional wounds inflicted by their record companies, and producers still regret the hard choices that they had to make Some people still nurse grudges, but most have grown enough to try to forgive those who hurt them twenty years ago This book was honest and it was wise and it was powerful, and I recommend it to anyone The long introduction is really only for fans of grunge and its origins, but the rest of the book is for fans of humanity, and this book is a treasure.

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