New book - Grunge is Dead. Coming in April 2009

In April a new book by journalist Greg Prato will be published, featuring original interviews with musicians such as Chad Channing (formerly of Nirvana), Eddie Vedder, Duff McKagan, Jack Endino and many others. Here's the full press release:

Grunge is dead. Long live grunge! New grunge book release will mark 15th anniversary of Cobainís suicide.

Fifteen years after Kurt Cobainís suicide on April 5th, 1994, comes the authoritative story of grunge. Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music (April 2009, ECW Press) by Greg Prato is the definitive story of the Pacific Northwest music scene of the late '80s and early '90s.

Never before has a book attempted to examine the scene as a whole. Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament says, "Finally, a book about the early years of our little scene in Seattle. I can't wait to hear all the different perspectives from the people that were actually there, not the so-called experts, who didn't show up until the '90s."

Taking the form of an oral history, Pratoís hefty tome contains nearly 130 original interviews conducted for the book over a three-year period. No outside interviews are included and most of the interviews are published here for the first time. Some of these original interviews include:

  • Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam
  • Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam/Mother Love Bone bassist
  • Kim Thayil, Soundgarden
  • Susan Silver, Soundgarden/Alice in Chains' manager, ex-wife of Chris Cornell),
  • Duff McKagan, Guns N' Roses
  • Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, Alice in Chains
  • Nancy McCallum, mother of late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley
  • Mark Arm, Mudhoney
  • Chad Channing, Nirvana
  • Jack Endino, producer Nirvana/Soundgarden/Mudhoney
  • Charles Peterson, photographer
  • Bruce Pavitt & Jonathan Poneman, founders Sub Pop Records.

    Grunge Is Dead begins with a retrospective of the '60s and '70s that explains the rise of the Seattle music scene. Additionally, a large number of previously unpublished photographs appear in color and black and white throughout the book. The result is the complete first-hand history of grunge. Grunge Is Dead will allow rock fans to discover a unique chapter in music history, through the experiences of the people who were actually there.

    Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist whose writing has appearing in All Music Guide, Rolling,, Classic Rock Magazine, and Record Collector Magazine. He has interviewed noted rock musicians over the years including members of Metallica, Kiss, Jane's Addiction, The Ramones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others.

    Title: Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music
    Author: Greg Prato
    Publisher: ECW Press
    Distributor: Independent Publishers Group (IPG)
    Publication: April 2009
    Price: $19.95 US / $22.95 CDN
    ISBN-13: 978-1-55022-877-9
    Available from bookstores and online book retailers.

    NFC will have a review ready of the book soon.

    Posted in NFC news section at on 02-06-2009 @ 9:45 PM (GMT).

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