Ongoing History of New Music Daily: The name “Soundgarden”

C’mon. You must have wondered where the name “Soundgarden” came from?  I mean, those are two unusual words to stick together.  And what does a garden have to do with a grunge group? 

To find the answer, you have to go to Seattle, specifically 7600 Sand Point Way.  That’s where you’ll find this huge metal sculpture created by a man named Doug Hollis.  It looks like four weathervanes arranged in a square.  And when the wind blows past the sculpture, it makes a noise.  The title of the piece is “Sound Garden.” Seemed like a good idea for the name of a band from Seattle.

If Chris Cornell and company hadn’t taken it, you gotta think that someone else would have.

Check out yesterday’s post on U2’s earthquake concert. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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