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I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of Chris Cornell. I thought of myself as being knowledgeable when it came to Chris Cornell, but I learnt so many new facts about him and the events in his life. It covers the entirety of his life in great detail.
Big Chris Cornell fan but perhaps didn't get into him till his latter career era and not so big on the back catalogue of Soundgarden. This isn't the longest book in the world by any stretch of the imagination, however, it took me an absolute age to get through cause just over 50% of the book goes through the formation and life and times of Soundgarden's first time through the mill rather than the stuff a lot fans who were not sound garden fans loved about Chris Cornell. The latter half of the book, I though moved really quick on the other hand and crammed a lot in that I'd have loved more detail on. As I started to enjoy Corbin Reef's account of what happened during the life of Chris Cornell, the book was over and left me wanting more. Ironically this perhaps mirror's the life of the person the book is about and how it tragically ended.
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.
I was disappointed with both the style and content of this biography of Chris Cornell. The book reads more like a simple account of his musical accomplishments, and not an exploration of his life and development as an artist. It was clear from the content that the author has cobbled together biographical material that is readily available online and in existing biographical sources (Grunge is Dead, Everybody Lovers Our Town, Spin, etc.). There is very little (if any) new information or in-depth interview material that sheds light on his character, personality or emotional essence. 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.
The beauty of this book is it's both a biography, but also a back catalogue - as it's narrative adheres closely to the music of Chris and Soundgarden - you find yourself re-listening to his entire career and musical legacy as you read through the book -
Love Cornell and was hoping for some new insight. As others have mentioned, this is basically a compilation of readily available interviews. 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".
This book was well written and well researched. I respect that it was written from the point of view of a fan, but it doesn’t beat the reader over the head with with fetishism. I followed the author through Chris’s story learning, feeling and adding my own reminiscing to the impact. It’s like talking with a friend about something you both were passionate about. This biography does Chris Cornell justice. This should be a definite read for music fans, especially those who grew up with the music of the nineties.