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

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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.

 

About Mark Yarm

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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.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Crown Archetype. 594 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case: Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr—one of the narrative’s most memorable voices—died of an overdose soon after the book was completed, a sad coda to a book that pays homage the beauty and horror of modern rock.

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On 8 April 1994, the day that Kurt Cobain's body was discovered in his Seattle home, sparking the biggest rock news story of the decade, local journalist Charles R Cross picked up the phone to hear CNN's Larry King bellowing: "Tell me, what is grunge music?"

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Some 15 years after grunge's moment passed, with rock barely able to get on the airwaves—New York City lost its last major station that played new rock music when K-Rock went to a lamestain format called "Contemporary Hit Radio" in 2009—it's impossible not to think that today's autotuned, interch...

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Examiner

Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge is the second oral history focusing on the Northwest music scene to be published in recent years (the other is Greg Prato’s Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, published in 2009).

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The Telegraph

It does not set out to answer why Seattle, previously a backwater of the American music scene, suddenly produced a clutch of bands, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, that would change the sound of rock music and capture the attention of the world.

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And music journalist Mark Yarm's fantastic new book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, features more than 250 interviews with the scene's charter members, earliest champions and biggest superstars, all of whom now seem more than willing to open up and tell their story.

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Alternative Control

Since almost everyone was signed to a major label post-Nirvana, a good chunk of the second half of the book is filled with great stories about bands having to take off their cheap flannel shirt at photo shoots only to be outfitted with the $400 Marc Jacobs version and the now classic story of the...

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