Sometimes, you get the sense that there isn’t one particular truth, but a large collection of singular, subjective truths drained into one bowl. So it is with the early 90’s grunge scene, where the participants can’t seem to unanimously agree on what it was about, or who it was for, or even if there was such a thing. In Everybody Loves Our Town, Mark Yarm collects many of these dissenting voices (including the big ones, like Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, and Courtney Love), and manages to place them in a fashion that convincingly resembles order. The end result is the definitive story of the Seattle Grunge scene—complete with originators (the U-Men), pretenders (Candlebox), and Cobain and Company. It’s a must-read for any punk and/or grunge music fan.- Michael K.
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