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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.
Arrived in time & in excellent condition. Ordered the hard cover copy. I haven’t read it yet but looking forward to it. I purchased it more as a collection item as a fan of Chris Cornell and related music. Good purchase experience.
This is a fascinating look into the life of Chris Cornell, from his early family life to his final days. The author gives us insight into his strained relationship with his father and his deep love of music and records. Chris dived into the Seattle music scene as grunge had just started to become a separate music genre. He played with many of the talented musicians of the day, all of them forming bands, then breaking up and re-forming into different groups.
When Chris finally got together with the band mates who would become Soundgarden, we are treated to details of the writing and recording process they used to create their unforgettable sound. The sheer number of gigs they played is a testament to their commitment to the music. Their later touring schedule was brutal in its scope and the areas covered.
I was also interested in the formation and, not long after, dissolution of Chris’ involvement with Audioslave. Although they made some great records, there just wasn’t the camaraderie he enjoyed with his band mates in Soundgarden.
The one thing that I found hard to read about was the too frequent deaths of other musicians in their circle. Far too many incredibly talented young men succumbed to the pressures of fame and fortune. Every death appeared to take a toll on Chris as he battled with depression and substance abuse.
Reading about his final days was heartbreaking. Chris had everything he wanted and had worked so hard for, but the demons in his head were too much to live with. The world lost the voice of a generation when he passed, but his music lives on.
The writer did a good job in his research and writing about Chris Cornell's life and covering the bands he was a part of. The book was easy to read and understand. The only negative I would say is leave the "Politics" out of your book. I could give a rats butt if Chris "hated" President Bush or was saddened by Trump's election. To me these were very negative points and should have been left out. Hating people does not need to be high lighted and mixing politics in such a good story diminished the man and the story. The way he lived was outstanding, but the way it ended was sad and my feelings go out to his family, don't add hate to the mix, too much of that in our world already.
This book has quite a few little down facts about what the late Chris Cornell went through. I guess it's tough to be a rock star. Lots of pressure and expectations of fans and family pressure. Then you've got the depression piece. Tough stuff.