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If you know me, you know I love grunge. In fact, I strongly believe it was the last significant rock music movement - as there has been no other group of bands since that not only shifted the musical climate, but also affected culture, fashion and politics the way that certain Seattle bands circa '91-'94 did. And I will be forever be grateful to bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam for helping put an end to all that horrific hair metal that was being showcased by MTV (which sadly, has reared its ugly head again years later).

Before I became a writer, I always sought a book that told the entire story of grunge - from before its inception through to the modern day. But the few books that were out were either outdated (penned during the early to mid '90s, before several key events took place) or hard to follow. So, I set out to write a book that told the entire story, and on April 1, 2009, the fine folks at ECW Press issued my third book overall, Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music.

I conducted over a hundred interviews for the book (including such renowned musicians as Eddie Vedder, Kim Thayil, Jerry Cantrell, Mark Arm and Duff McKagan), learned a whole lot I didn't know beforehand, and truly feel like I put together the definitive story of the grunge movement.

Below is a quiz based on facts from the book - can you separate the truths from the untruths?
~Greg Prato
Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music is available for purchase here.
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Comments: 3

  • Charlie Ledger from Celaya,mexicoGrunge is not dead.
  • Howard from Levittown, PaAmen, Greg. That was a big burst then and after seeing the Pearl Jam doc, I'm sorry I wasn't a bigger fan.There hasn't been a major renewal since the early-mid 90s. Since all the sources have been used up, I doubt there will be.another. That's why I'm calling for(with my small voice)for the RRHOF dinners to end by 2020 if not sooner. Coldplay, White Stripes, Black Keys, et .al would have to settle for their own plaque ceremonies.
  • Santiago Parera from ArgentinaSeattle Rock Rules!!!!!!
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