Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

by Mark Yarm
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Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge by Mark Yarm

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 1986, 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 more than 250 new 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, L7, Babes in Toyland, 7 Year Bitch, TAD, the U-Men, Candlebox and many more—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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307464453
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 206,635
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

MARK YARM is a former senior editor at Blender magazine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Bonnie, and is in no way related to Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm.

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Anonymous 5 months ago
Good story. But can you add in a player that is trapped by siege also. His name is storm and he has a unzipped black jacket over a blue shirt black jeans and blue eyes with brown hair. He is a teenager 15 years old. And he has a crush on snowfox. He is a good guy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Yarm did a fabulous job of piecing together an insightful narrative about the rise and fall of grunge. I was fortunate to have been in Seattle at the time and pretty much saw all the bands discussed multiple times. I discovered through this book that I was pretty naive. I knew some bands were using H, but it seems it was as pervasive as the "hyperbole" of the time averred. What a bunch of glorious train wrecks.
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