Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music

Prato, Greg

  • 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 over 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.

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  • Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based writer, who regularly writes for All Music Guide,, and Classic Rock Magazine (among others).

  • Published: April 2009

    ISBN: 9781550228779

    Dimensions: 6.75 x 9.75 in.

    Pages: 488


“[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

Grunge Is Dead offers a definitive oral history of grunge … Prato, a contributor to All Music Guide and, 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

“By approaching the subject as an oral rather than a written account, [Prato] gives the story back to Seattle... a multifaceted portrait of the music that pretty much defined the decade.” — Blurt Magazine

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

“Prato really earns his stripes when he gets his hands dirty tracing the roots of this sound to the mid-’60s Northwest, with the Sonics and the Wailers, and up to the punk rock and post-punk years of the U Men, the Fartz and undeniable outside influences like Black Flag, DOA, Flipper, Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth and Redd Kross.” — Montreal Mirror