I apparently am still in the denial stage about the news about Chris Cornell. I won't say it doesn't seem possible, but it still seems unreal.

I never really knew him, but the Seattle music scene in the late 80s / early 90s was an incredibly small world. I ended up at basement shows and house parties with a lot of people who went on to become famous in the grunge scene, and I will always have a lot of emotions tied up in that music.

One of the best concerts I ever went to was the KISW Rising Star show on November 17, 1988. The lineup:

Mother Love Bone*


Jane's Addiction

Today's news also sent me on a weird search for the existence of a Soundgarden t-shirt that I owned long ago, bought at the show they headlined for Bumbershoot 1990. I found it on a Japanese vintage clothing shop, where apparently it sold for almost $200. My shirt has long since vanished, thanks to one of my exes. I'm connected to him on FB; I'm a tiny bit tempted to message him and see if he still has my damn shirt, because I want it back. But I think I'll let that bit of the past go, and just think fondly of the concerts. (Not of the ex, that's for damn sure.)

*(And I still have moments of being mad at Andy Wood for the waste of his life and talent.)
sistawendy: (weirded out)

From: [personal profile] sistawendy

I may have been at that show in 1990. I definitely did see Soundgarden at Bumbershoot in the early '90s. It's probably for the best that I didn't meet you until this century, though; I spent most of the '90s denying utterly who I am.

I didn't know about Chris Cornell's struggles with depression, but listening to his lyrics now, I can only say, 'Duh.'
solstice_lilac: (DJ)

From: [personal profile] solstice_lilac

I was never into grunge music either although a summer spent in Seattle in 1992 also saw me at a lot of grunge shows. That was after Nirvana and Soundgarden and other big bands were already big--but I remember thinking there were a LOT of bands and a lot of small clubs in Seattle even then. It was an extraordinary scene and time.

I hadn't reacted much to Chris Cornell's passing except a sort of sad reflection on the day he died, until this morning. The marquee of the Aladdin Theater read, "Rest in power, Chris Cornell." Something about that just hit me hard and made me realize the power his music had, that it found presence and feeling even for me who was in college in the late 80s and early 90s and was checked-out of almost all new media at the time that wasn't coming out of 4AD or Projekt Records.

And it made me think about his struggle, and how so many people in "our age group"--we who came of age during the Cold War, "Generation X," now pushing fifty or just past it--are struggling with our health and our work and our sense of purpose and our finances... and we are looking for answers in between our parents' generation and the new, between the technologies, medicines, and means of communication that have changed so much in our lifetimes.

This is probably worth its own journal entry. But the feeling remains. Rest in power, Chris Cornell.
carmenbeaudry: (Default)

From: [personal profile] carmenbeaudry

For me, grunge was a symbol of the start of the really big changes to Seattle. Before grunge, we still had a fairly small town vibe. After grunge took off, we started to become a City, with all the good and bad that entails.

That's why my post on FB was not only a goodbye to Chris, but to Seattle-that-was.

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