Remembering Chris Cornell with an episode of ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ and a recommendation for rock lovers

Music May 18, 2022
Rolling Stone Music Now
Listen to ‘The Life and Music of Chris Cornell’ on ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’

We’re remembering Chris Cornell, the late and great Seattle icon, singer, songwriter, and father on the anniversary of his death. Cornell’s passing in 2017 continues to affect his family, friends, and fans. He’s best known for his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave, solo projects, and soundtrack contributions.

Podsauce revisited a classic “Rolling Stone Music Now” podcast episode from 2017, presented by Cumulus Podcast Network. The 45-minute episode pays homage to Cornell and shares audio from his deep-diving Rolling Stone interviews with Kory Grow and Andy Greene.

In 2014, Cornell chatted with Grow and reflected on Superunknown, Soundgarden’s 1996 commercial breakthrough. Soundgarden had just become internationally known even though they had been a band for years.

Cornell talked openly about his depression and inner demons in this interview. Grow joined this episode to unpack memories and takeaways from his interview with Cornell that hit differently after his death. The episode’s intro talks about the final song Soundgarden performed on stage before Cornell’s suicide, “Slaves & Bulldozers” that blended parts of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.”

Cornell talked about Seattle’s music scene, songwriting, how his band came together, and how Soundgarden’s sound continued to morph over time.

If you’re interested in music and hearing more about Seattle’s grunge scene, we recommend Audacy and Osiris Media’s “Breaking Waves.” This series chronologically carries listeners through Seattle’s emerging scene and explores seminal grunge music from the ’80s and ’90s. You’ll hear about the rise of bands like The Sonics, Green River, Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the community that helped shape their sound.

“Breaking Waves” guests include Guns ‘N Roses’ Duff McKagan, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and 107.7 The End’s Marco Collins to share how they witnessed the grunge boom and its greater impact. The series also highlights the pivotal role Audacy’s stations KISW and KNDD played in the genre’s breakthrough. 

We’re still mourning Cornell’s loss and honoring his legacy: “no one sings like you any more.”

Listen to ‘The Life and Music of Chris Cornell’ on ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’

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