The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 736: Chris Cornell’s 6 Degrees of Separation

That’s a misleading title, if I’m honest. When I started writing the program, the goal was to explain Big Bang of Grunge by arbitrarily choosing Chris Cornell as its singularity. I could have picked any number of people, but since Chris just released a solo album earlier this fall, I figured he was as good a starting point as any.

Well, he was–but the degrees of separation between Chris and everything else that happened in grunge numbered fewer than six. Much fewer. Kevin Bacon has nothing on this guy.

I think you’ll be amazing at how interconnected and, frankly, incestuous the whole grunge scene was at the beginning. Everyone knew everyone else. Everyone played with everyone else. Hell, everyone slept with each other. (Well, not quite. But close.)

In the end you’ll see that it doesn’t take many people to light a musical spark that can engulf the planet. If you have the right people, of course.

If you’re interested in Chris’ current album, Higher Truth, you can find it here.


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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.

One thought on “The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 736: Chris Cornell’s 6 Degrees of Separation

  • November 27, 2015 at 9:06 pm
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    it’s called a scene loser. there’s one in toronto too, right in your own backyard, if you were cool enough to stick your head in the bovine

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