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SEATTLE WEEKLY ASKS LOCAL MUSICIANS ABOUT THE LEGACY OF GRUNGE IN SEATTLE

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Leading up to the Reverb Festival taking place in Ballard this Saturday, Seattle Weekly has been publishing short Q&A’s with local artists about the influence of the Seattle music explosion of 1991 and how it relates to bands in the area today. A diverse selection of musicians have given their two cents, from The Screaming Trees’ Mark Pickerel to Mash Hall’s Larry Mizell Jr. to singer/songwriter Kelli Schaefer. The answers have largely been positive, but some of them may surprise you.

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SONIC YOUTH’S THURSTON MOORE WRITES TEXT FOR PHOTO BOOK ABOUT GRUNGE

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In a couple of years in the early 90s, grunge went from an exciting regional indie-punk scene to a word that you never, ever wanted to hear again. As the guy who helped get Nirvana signed to Geffen, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore played a small but pivotal role in that transformation. Now, Moore has written the text for Grunge, a forthcoming book of photographs from Michael Lavine, due October 15 from Abrams Image. Lavine was one of Sub Pop Records’ house photographers. He took album art photos for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Dwarves, Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, and many others, helping to shape, helping to shape the label’s stark aesthetic. Grunge will feature images of bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Beat Happening, and Boss Hog. For his part, Moore writes about the bands, the Seattle scene, and his friendship with Kurt Cobain. You can see a few photos from the book here.




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