That time Chris Cornell explained the rise of grunge to me

By Steve Newton

It’s been a week since grunge-rock icon Chris Cornell passed away, and fans are still trying to come to grips with the loss.

Over the last seven days a lot of folks have been playing their fave Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog tunes, and shaking their heads in sadness and disbelief.

I only got to interview Cornell once, back in 2008, but I came away from that brief chat with a good impression of him as a thoughtful guy who knew what he was doing.

At one point in the conversation I asked Cornell about his standing in the grunge-rock history books, and he offered a bit of a rundown on how the Seattle scene came to be, and what led to the huge successes of groups like Soundgarden (and Nirvana).

And that led him to comment on the irony shown by the immense popularity–remember, it was 2008–of games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Have a listen:

 

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