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Exclusive extract from Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge

September 12, 2017 | by Hannah Marshall

Tags: Dave Grohl, Everybody Loves Our Town, Grunge, Kurt Cobain, Mark Yarm, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Soundgarden

Few music scenes have had as much influence on international culture as the one that exploded in Seattle in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And few books have managed to document the rise of grunge better than Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town, an oral history that includes contributions from nearly all the major players who were involved in the Seattle music scene at the time.

In this extract Dave Grohl recounts his first telephone conversation with Kurt Cobain and the founders of the legendary indy record label Sub Pop remember losing some of their biggest bands, including Nirvana and Soundgarden, to major labels.

Read ‘Good luck in your future endeavours’ from Everybody Loves Our Town


Everybody Loves Our Town, By Mark Yarm

Everybody Loves Our Town

Mark Yarm

Grunge, also known as the ‘Seattle Sound’, emerged from the Pacific north-west in the early part of the 1980s. With the unexpected success of Nirvana’s single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’…