“Cornell’s Soundgarden were the first to achieve real fame, playing their first London gig in 1989, one year before Nirvana released their first album and Pearl Jam were even formed. Cornell captured the attention of the mainstream media, and the mainstream crowd, and was the first grunger to make workers’ clothes look cool. Soon, big boots and flannel shirts, used to protect poor Seattle natives from the harsh climate, would become the trademark of a generation looking inward, not outward.”
I’m a big fan of the Seattle music scene. It began in the 90′ with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden; who inspired me to learn how to play guitar and find a new depth to music. Living in Seattle and finding out that Chris Cornell passed away connected me with both gratefulness and sadness. Thank you Chris for being a pivot.
Above photo is of the Black Sun sculpture in Volunteer Park, Seattle, said to be the inspiration of the Soundgarden song Black Hole Sun.