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Publisher's Summary

Grunge Is Dead weaves together the definitive story of the Seattle music scene through a series of interviews with the people who were there. Taking the form of an “oral” history, this books contains more than 130 interviews, along with essential background information from acclaimed music writer Greg Prato.

The early ’90s grunge movement may have last only a few years, but it spawned some of the greatest rock music of all time: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden. This book contains the first-ever interview in which Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder was willing to discuss the group’s history in great detail; Alice in Chains’ band members and Layne Staley’s mom on Staley’s drug addiction and death; insights into the Riot Grrrl movement and oft-overlooked but highly influential Seattle bands like Mother Love Bone/Andy Wood, the Melvins, Screaming Trees, and Mudhoney; and much more.

Grunge Is Dead digs deeper than the average grunge history, starting in the early '60s, and explaining the chain of events that gave way to the grunge movement. The end result is a book that includes a wealth of previously untold stories and insight for the longtime fan, as well as its renowned story for the newcomer. Grunge Is Dead collects the whole truth of grunge music in one comprehensive volume.

©2009 Greg Prato (P)2021 ECW Press

Critic Reviews

“[Grunge is Dead] is an accomplishment that will find fans as long as the music does. The book is remarkably comprehensive, nearly 500 pages long, and filled with rarely seen photographs, astute analyses of popular culture, insider gossip and interesting, funny and painful stories. Prato keeps the editorializing to a minimum, letting the players (Eddie Vedder, Slim Moon, Kim Thayil, Jerry Cantrell, Kathleen Hanna, Allison Wolfe, Blag Dahlia, Charles Petterson, Riki Rachtman, Chad Channing, et al) speak for themselves.” (Washington Post Express)

“A complete, exhaustive and authoritative account of Music 1.0’s last successful marketing experiment.... Grunge Is Dead is an invaluable record.” (Eye Weekly

Grunge Is Dead offers a definitive oral history of grunge.... Prato, a contributor to All Music Guide and Billboard.com, offers accounts from more than 125 musicians (with the exception of Nirvana), record label owners, and scenesters. The book traces grunge’s meteoric rise out of the 1980s hard-core punk scene - and its decline owing to the growing prevalence of heroin use.” (Library Journal Express

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the best Alice in chains story ever

I been looking for this book 4ever. I love this book. this is the best story of Alice in chains. thank you

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Excellent Book for Rock Fans

This is a book that kept me listening, even though I am quite familiar with the Seattle grunge stuff, being a musician in the Seattle area. I’ve never heard most of these stories! The Narration is different, but works great for the writing style.

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The reader is terrible, the topic isninteresting

I wouldn’t have minded it if either we could have heard the actual voices of the people being interviewed or maybe some actors. The author is absolutely terrible at reading and makes it really hard to get through a book that otherwise might have been interesting .

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why did they pick this guy

I was so looking forward to this book. The content is amazing but it is SO hard to get into due to the way the guy is reading it.

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Terrible

The author reading it SUCKS . Easier to hear nails on a chalk board. Destroyed it for me

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The narration is mono tone and horrible. The format is strange with no flow, just quotes strung together. I regret buying this.

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So, so disappointed.

the narration is horrible. the format of the book, which is all quotes and not context is interesting, but too novel and limited to be actually informative.

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Great grunge stories from those who were there when it happened.

I was a fan of the book when it came out several years back and the audio performance is very faithful to the tone of the original print. Such a great source of info from those individuals who were on the ground at the time when before, during and after Seattle music exploded in the 90’s. Makes me wonder how many great stories and anecdotes we didn’t get to hear.