The 90’s may be over, but grunge is just getting started (again).
Twenty years after the release of “Nevermind,” Nirvana’s monumental breakthrough album, Seattle grunge still lives on. Familiar combos of flannel, faded denim, and combat boots flood our city streets. Fellow Seattle rockers Soundgarden reunited to perform at The Gorge Amphitheatre last summer, and the group plans to release a new album in 2012. To this day, you’re hard pressed to find a Seattleite who uses slang like “swinging on the flippity-flop” or “wack slacks.”
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 7pm to 8:30 pm, Seattleites can bask in this grunge revival and get juicy, behind-the-scenes details from Mark Yarm, a former senior editor at Blender magazine who now makes his living as a music writer.
Yarm will discuss the era, answer audience questions and read excerpts from his latest book, “Everybody Loves Our Town: A Grunge Oral History,” at the Experience Music Project’s Science Fiction Museum.
This is no fluff pictorial or “VH1: Behind the Music”-esque documentary. The 580-page trip down grunge memory lane deftly juggles more than 250 interviews and tell-all stories.
Subjects include musicians, producers, record execs, video directors, reporters and roadies — not to mention staple grunge outfits like Pearl Jam, The Screaming Trees, The Melvins, Mudhoney and Skin Yard. Each account describes the drama, the drugs, the booze, the relationships, the felonies, and — most of all — the music in startling detail.
So head to the EMP. If you can’t make it to the reading, pick up Yarm’s book to relive the Seattle-born musical, fashion and cultural movement that rocked the 90’s. Tickets ($5 for EMP Museum Members and $8 for the general public) are available online.
Everybody Loves Our Town | EMP: 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle | Tuesday, Nov. 15 | 7PM