Grunge Is Dead by Greg Prato (fully entitled Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music) is a brilliantly revealing book about grunge and Seattle music. It was written based on more than 130 interviews with the musicians and people who were actually in the scene. As a result, Prato successfully delivered an extensive oral history of Seattle underground music scene, pre and post grunge hysteria in the 90’s. From those massive interviews, Prato offered new perspectives on big names of that era such as Nirvana (and Kurt Cobain), Pearl Jam (and Eddie Vedder), Alice in Chains (and Layne Staley), the Melvins, Mudhoney, and many others.
Cover and Details of Grunge Is Dead by Greg Prato (PDF)
- Title: Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music
- Author: Greg Prato
- Publisher: ECW Press
- Date Published: January 1, 2009
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1306034116
- ISBN-13: 9781306034111
Summary of the Book
Grunge Is Dead weaves together the definitive story of the Seattle music scene through a series of interviews with the people who were there. Taking the form of an “oral” history, this books contains over 130 interviews, along with essential background information from acclaimed music writer Greg Prato. The early ’90s grunge movement may have last only a few years, but it spawned some of the greatest rock music of all time: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden.
This book contains the first-ever interview in which Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder was willing to discuss the group’s history in great detail; Alice in Chains’ band members and Layne Staley’s mom on Staley’s drug addiction and death; insights into the Riot Grrrl movement and oft-overlooked but highly influential Seattle bands like Mother Love Bone/Andy Wood, the Melvins, Screaming Trees, and Mudhoney; and much more.
Grunge Is Dead digs deeper than the average grunge history, starting in the early ’60s, and explaining the chain of events that gave way to the grunge movement. The end result is a book that includes a wealth of previously untold stories and insight for the longtime fan, as well as its renowned story for the newcomer. Grunge Is Dead collects the whole truth of grunge music in one comprehensive volume.
Reviews of Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music
“I thought it was really good.” —Mark Arm, Mudhoney singer/guitarist
“It’s pretty much filled with comments and stuff from just about everyone that was around during those years–more of the insider on things than the outsiders attempting to fill in the blanks! Anyway, I do recommend this book. It’s a fun read!” —Chad Channing, former Nirvana drummer
“I like this book. It lets the people who were actually here tell the story directly, without the author having any particular axe to grind.” —Jack Endino, Seattle producer/musician
“The author is not from Seattle, but the book is done in the Please Kill Me style so it doesn’t really matter. It has some cool interviews with the guys from Mudhoney in it and it’s always interesting to read a version of history that you were a part of.” —Tobi Vail, Bikini Kill drummer
“All those records from that time continue to let the world know what things sounded like in our little universe, but if someone wants to know what people were feeling and thinking about the scene as it all transpired, this is where I point them to.” —Robert Roth, Truly singer/guitarist
“(Grunge is Dead) is an accomplishment that will find fans as long as the music does. The book is remarkably comprehensive, nearly 500 pages long, and filled with rarely seen photographs, astute analyses of popular culture, insider gossip and interesting, funny and painful stories.” —Washington Post Express
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