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Everybody Loves Our Town

Mark Yarm

Grunge, also known as the ‘Seattle sound’, is the sludgy fusion of punk rock and heavy metal that emerged from the Pacific Northwest in the early part of the 1980s. But it was the unexpected, seemingly overnight success of Nirvana’s single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ in the fall of 1991, that made grunge a household word and launched an American music movement on par with punk and hip-hop.

20 years later, Mark Yarm captures that era in the words of those at the forefront of the movement (and the music’s lesser-known champions). Everybody Loves Our Town will tell the whole story: the founding of originators like Soundgarden and the Melvins, the early successes of Seattle’s Sub Pop record label, the rise of powerhouses Nirvana and Pearl Jam, the insane media hype surrounding the grunge explosion, the suicide of Kurt Cobain, and finally, the genre’s mid-to-late-’90s decline.

 

RRP: £16.99

Published: 09/08/2011

ISBN: 9780571249862

Length: 608 pages

Format: Paperback

About Mark Yarm

Mark Yarm is senior editor at Blender. He has written for numerous other publications, including Wired, Esquire, FHM, Spin, the Village Voice and Salon.com.


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