When grunge came along in the 90s, it changed rock music forever. Along with punk, it’s the still a driving force in the creation of new music today. And like punk, it’s one of the most romanticized eras in the history of rock’n’roll. With music from the 90s hot again in some quarters, it might time to brush up a little on the history of grunge.
I’d start with a book called Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Grunge Music. Author Greg Prato has collected quotes and recollections from people–famous, infamous, and barely known–in a book that runs almost 500 pages. There’s lots of stuff here that I hadn’t seen anywhere else, especially about the late Layne Staley of Alice in Chains. Grunge is Dead is available through ECW Press.