Review of "The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge" by Stephen Tow and "Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge" by Mark Yarm

Publication Date

January 2012


"Eddie Vedder tore apart a hotel room when he found out Kurt Cobain had killed himself. “Then I just kind of sat in the rubble, which somehow felt right . . . like my world at the moment,” he later told a reporter. Pearl Jam happened to have a visit to the White House scheduled the following day, so on April 9, 1994, Vedder dusted himself off and appeared in the Oval Office. Fearing a rash of copycat suicides, President Clinton pulled the lead singer aside and asked whether he should address the nation. Vedder wisely counseled against it: such a speech would only generate more attention." -- From the opening paragraph.