Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The first comprehensive biography of iconic singer-songwriter Chris Cornell.
Total F*cking Godhead is the complete story of the complex and enigmatic artist, Chris Cornell. It's the riveting account of a blue collar, high-school dropout emerging from Seattle, Washington, to become one of the greatest singer-songwriters and voices of his generation. With input from people who knew and worked with him - together with Cornell's own words - the book recounts in great detail the rise of his immortal band Soundgarden as they emerged from the 1980s post-punk underground to dominate popular culture in the '90s alongside other Seattle bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana.
Long-time Seattle resident and rock writer Corbin Reiff examines Cornell's dynamic solo career as well as his time in Audioslave. He delves into his hard-fought battle with addiction, as well as the supercharged reunion with the band that made him famous before everything ended tragically.
This is the story of an artist who channeled his own inner turmoil into songs that touched the hearts of millions around the world and turned Chris Cornell into one of music's greatest icons.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 55 minutes|
|Narrator||Michael Butler Murray|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 July 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,494 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
6 in Rock Music (Books)
7 in Biographies of Rock Musicians
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If you're an early Chris Cornell Soundgarden person, defo the book for you and you can tell Reef writes with passion, regret, dismay and portrays genuine grief during sections regarding his own perspective on what happened. If you're an Audioslave, Songbook tour kinda person, you'll read it but it'll be a bit of a slog.
As I mentioned, found it a real effort the first half of the book for the most part. There was some good stuff in the first half don't get me wrong but it was quite slow until the point when Soundgarden was coming to it's end. Nonetheless, feels like a must buy for any fan of Chris Cornell. The less is more word choice/ count used to describe how it ended for Chris was also quite powerful too.
Chris Cornell was one of the most creatively charged and multi-talented musicians to come out of the late 80's and early 90's modern music scene. He almost single handedly drove the musical entity that was Soundgarden. The rest of the band are all excellent musicians in their own right, but it was Cornell who was at the creative core of the band, and whose songwriting and performing skills catapulted them above the rest of the Seattle music scene.
This book does little to delve into the life events that fueled his ascendancy to musical genius, nor provides insights into how his personality was shaped by the people and circumstances he encountered in his youth. It provides almost no in-depth details on his personal relationships with the rest of Soundgarden or Audioslave, members of the musical community or his manager/first wife. There was also no exploration of the circumstances behind the controversy that erupted between his widow and the remaining members of Soundgarden after his death.
Unfortunately it will probably be some time before a detailed, introspective biography of Chris Cornell appears, most likely by someone within his inner circle who decides to come forward and provide the world with a more personal and insightful look into this amazing and complex man's life, and tragic death.
Worst of all are the spelling mistakes throughout the book. I seems nobody bothered to proof read this- from uses of "too instead of "to" to downright ridiculous mispellings of commonly used words, it made it hard for me to take this book seriously at all if no one involved in it's making did.
Save your money and read the first 10 articles that pop up on google when you search "Chris Cornell interview".