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RIP Chris Cornell

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertai...ticle-1.3175490

Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell has died, aged 52.

Loved Chris Cornell's voice, up there with the very best. Spent many a road trip listening to Sound Garden.

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Chris was a genius and one of the most talented musicians to grace our world. So sad that he felt he had to hang himself.


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Life is typically harder on those that fall from a great height, than those who have yet to soar, or begin to climb.

RIP Chris Cornell


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First was exposed to Soundgarden on Oct 12th 1991 (Day on The Green), loved them ever since. Went out the next day and bought all their albums.

The world has lost a truly gifted musician and fantastic signing voice.


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This was a weird revelation. My day started with hearing an interview with Cornell on my radio alarm clock, which I thought was live or recently recorded. Then Black Hole Sun played, a classic song that, really, is quite atypical for the band's overall sound, despite being possibly their biggest hit. It was a good wake-up call, really. I heard something about sad news, but didn't catch what it was all about. Found out he died a few hours later, and that freaked me out, realising what was going on. Then, eventually, I found out that he had hanged himself. This mid-life suicide has haunted me all day. He had a long career that wasn't too pushed into the limelight, and made some great tracks and albums that meant a lot to a lot of people.

I guess Mark Arm is the last of the original grunge vocalists left. One by one, they've been taken by drugs or suicide (or both). Pretty upsetting. RIP, Chris Cornell.


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Are you not counting Vedder cos he wasn't born in Seattle or?


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Are you not counting Vedder cos he wasn't born in Seattle or?
No, I just forgot about Vedder My bad. At least he's still kicking


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F*ck, I've loved Soundgarden for as long as I can remember. And Audioslave came around and some of their stuff is really good, too. The dude was just ridiculously talented.

I just don't think enough attention is given to people like this when they kill themselves. People don't seem to think it's a big deal that someone like Chris could be so freakin' talented and successful but apparently still so miserable. It's heart breaking. Mental illness is real. It's no easier to overcome without significant professional treatment than any other physical disease.

I've been jamming and damn near balling in tears to Soundgarden and Audioslave since I heard the news.


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Yeah, this actually goes well with what I was saying about mental illness. Beautiful piece of writing here about Chris Cornell's death...

https://thefirsttenwords.wordpress....what-you-think/

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Chris Cornell, 1964-2017




Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone.

For two days, Iíve been working on a piece to pay tribute to him, and itís been a struggle. Usually when I have a problem like this itís because Iím staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what I want to say. Thatís not the problem this time. The problem is I have way too much to say.

Iím not going to sit here and claim to have been a huge fan of Soundgarden. I didnít dislike them, I just had to take them in small doses. I was a fan of Cornell. I love ďSeasons,Ē the solo song he had on Cameron Croweís movie, Singles. Itís a droning acoustic song about isolation and the meaningless passing of time. Your basic nihilistic statement written at what was probably the peak of rockís most nihilistic period.

I was a fan of Cornell as a person. Of all the great musicians that were packed into Seattle in the late 80ís and early 90ís, from Mark Arm of Mudhoney to Jeff Ament of Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam to the Great Tortured Genius himself, Kurt Cobain, Cornell seemed like he rose a little bit above the others. He was the unofficial communicator of the Seattle scene. Like a Pacific Northwest Sinatra, he had a charisma and a calm grace about him. He was thoughtful, even charming, in interviews, unlike his compatriots who disdained fame and accolades (or at least pretended to). Cornell was the guy who seemed most like he could handle all the attention without turning it into an existential crisis.

Now heís dead because, as it turns out, he had been dealing with an existential crisis most of his life. I was a fan, and I had a ton of respect for him. But itís taken me a little while to understand why his death has affected me as strongly as it has.

At first I thought it might have something to do with the fact that I was mostly a bystander while the music of my generation was taking over. Just as Nirvana and Pearl Jam were making that gigantic breakthrough in 1992, my fiancť and I discovered we were pregnant. So instead of investigating mosh pits at the 7th Street Entry, or watching Soundgarden and Pearl Jam rule the stage at Lollapalooza (it was a traveling festival in those days), I was hastily throwing together a wedding and then changing diapers. My wife and I got an early jump on things, so weíve always told ourselves that weíd make up for lost time in our forties and fifties.

Well here we are, and something like this just makes it feel like weíve arrived too late. But while thatís a legitimate thing, I donít really think thatís exactly what is bothering me.

Then I thought maybe itís a generational thing. Grunge is the gift that Generation X gave to the world of music. We took all that slacker cynicism, mixed it up with our older siblingsí sneering punk attitude, Zeppelinís low end and, if weíre being honest, a little heroin. The result was the musical version of Beckettís Waiting for Godot. It was gorgeous art that was absolutely sure that nothing really matters, making it feel immediate and important. It was the sound of a generation telling everybody, including ourselves, to **** off.

And while we were wallowing in our splendid alienation, our spokespeople, predictably, started dying. First it was Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone. A lot of us didnít know about him until Cornell, along with Woodís erstwhile bandmates (who were about to form Pearl Jam) memorialized him with a one off tribute called Temple of the Dog. Somehow, Woodís story made death part our musicís romantic foundation.

A couple years later, Cobain killed himself with a shotgun. He was 27. Our Bob Dylan, the voice of our generation, threw it all away because he was afraid he was becoming a clichť. At least, thatís what we told ourselves at the time.

Shortly thereafter, Kristen Pfaff of Hole overdosed and died in a bathtub. And then Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon overdosed and died on a tour bus. It felt like people like Díarcy Wretzky of Smashing Pumpkins, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, and, perhaps especially, Courtney Love Ė Pfaffís bandmate and Cobainís widow Ė were all headed in the same direction.

Alice in Chainsí Layne Staley died of a gruesome overdose. The fact that his body was not discovered for more than a week felt somehow fitting. He was a emblematic of a generation that just wanted to be left alone.

And just when it felt like our music, and maybe our entire generation, would never live to see 30, things turned around. Love and Weiland cleaned their acts up (at least for a while). Bands like Pearl Jam thrived long after the term ďHeroin ChicĒ disappeared. Before we knew it, we were a decade into a new century and a lot of the Poets of Grunge were still standing. Some of them were even in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It felt like our heroes were out of the woods.

When Weiland died of an overdose of cocaine, alcohol and MDA at the end of 2015, it felt like an echo, and not something rooted in the present. He had become the most notorious addict of them all over the years; in and out of rehab so many times we had all lost hope for him. His death was something that had been predicted so often for so long that it might as well have happened in 1997.

But Chris Cornell died of suicide on May 17, 2017, at the age of 52. He was a dad. He was a philanthropist. He was becoming an elder statesman of rock. He was a grown up. Cornell was aging gracefully, even doing that thing where some guys get better looking as they get older. He got Soundgarden back together, and they made a great new album a couple years ago. His voice still had all the power and strength it had displayed in his youth. Much like the rest of us, the world had kicked his ass a couple times, and he survived.

But now heís gone, and goddammit, his is the death that bothers me the most. As Iíve been thinking about this, Iím realizing that itís both a personal and a generational thing. Cornell had a long struggle with depression. As have I. As have many of you.

Itís possible that, along with grunge, Generation Xís other great gift to society is depression. I mean, of course it was here long before the Baby Boomers started re-producing, but we talk about it more than those who came before us. We talk about it as a demon or a monster. Itís a dark shadow that shows itself at any point in time without warning. It surrounds us, isolates us, and quiets us. Depression likes to blame things. We feel like shit because of mistakes we have made in life or because of the state of the world or because we arenít perfect. Without a lot of help and a lot of work, itís impossible to know that it really is a chemical imbalance in our brains. After twenty-plus years of trying to de-stigmatize depression, some of us still have a hard time recognizing it for what it is. And even then, it doesnít always matter.

You might think grunge is about anger, but thatís not completely true. Yes, it can sound that way, but itís really about depression and cynicism. Those two go hand-in-hand, along with their nasty little sister, anxiety. When the three of them get going, they just eat hope as quickly as it can be summoned. That leaves despair and despair is exhausting, not just for those who experience it, but for the people around it as well. So we keep it to ourselves because we donít want to be a burden. And then it gets to be too much. Doesnít matter if youíre a student, a mom, an accountant or a rock star. It doesnít matter if youíve written about it your entire life as a means of keeping it at bay. It doesnít matter if the music you made about it brought in fame, respect and millions of dollars. It doesnít matter if your entire generation has suffered from it. Depression makes you feel totally alone. You hit the breaking point, and then, like Chris Cornell, you die alone in the bathroom.

This was a well-respected member of his community; a beloved musical hero who seemed to have it all together. This could have been any of us. And brothers and sisters, if itís you, donít mess around with it. Please find some help.

Cornell is speaking to us all one last time. This isnít something we left behind with our twenties. This isnít something cured by age or financial security. This isnít something you ďoutgrow.Ē If itís allowed to fester, depression is stronger than wisdom. Depression is insidious and tenacious. Depression can get to anybody. It can make you feel like an old man at 27. It can make you feel lost as a child at 52.

Call it a senseless tragedy. Call it a second-act cautionary tale. Call it whatever you want. Just donít blow it off as meaningless.

Rest in peace, Chris.


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