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So who really is the Godfather of Grunge?
Nirvana's Kurt Cobain is often cited as the Godfather of Grunge. In October 1988,according to Rock On The Net Nirvana's first recording effort together resulted in a demo named 'Godfather Of Grunge' and the single 'Love Buzz/Big Cheese.' "
So does recording a song 'Godfather Of Grunge' truly establish Nirvana's Kurt Cobain as THE 'Godfather Of Grunge'? And where does Neil Young fit in the picture?
Wikipedia defines Grunge as:
In many ways, grunge music was to the 90's what punk was to 70's. Both grunge and punk were relatively short lived musical genres that had a much greater impact than their sales, radio play, and concert performances would indicate. However, critically, both genres were both hailed and disparaged as either the future of rock or an indication that rock was dead.
So just as Neil Young's 1979 release of "Rust Never Sleeps" marked a turning point in both punk and rock, so did "Ragged Glory"'s release in 1991 foreshadow the emergence of grunge. Ragged Glory's raging feedback was widely emulated and influenced numerous bands, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth among others.
The earliest written reference to Neil Young as the 'Godfather Of Grunge' was in December 1991, when Tower Records in house publication Pulse! published a cover article on Neil Young titled 'The Godfather Of Grunge Rock' by Steve Martin.
The album Freedom is considered to be one of the ten most important albums in the history of alternative music. Pagewise in 2001 said:
According to Josh Korr in Valley News, "Neil Young officially became the 'Godfather of Grunge' when Pearl Jam backed him on "Rockin In The Free World" at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards." Certainly the legendary Rockin' In the Free World performance established a link between the grunge scene, Pearl Jam and Neil Young.
Commenting on upcoming concerts by Neil Young and Pearl Jam in Seattle in June 2003, JIM DeROGATIS POP MUSIC CRITIC writes on "Brothers in more ways than grunge":
From BLAST @ explode.com :
From Tech MIT article "Neil Young shows what Unplugged was meant to be" By Eric Oliver:
And in case you were ever curious as to whether Neil Young is really the Godfather of Grunge, here's some data to prove the point. The alternative choices for Godfather of Grunge are:
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
Jack Endino of Skin Yard
Andrew Wood of Malfunkshion/Mother Love Bone
See updated poll below and vote on who really is the "Godfather of Grunge"?
Over on the Ubermangamania discussion board another spirited debate between Kurt Cobain and Neil Young fans:
He's what Spin Magazine called: "Neil Young, godfather to the postpunks." In a New York Times article quoting Jim Jarmusch, director of the film, 'Year of the Horse,' about Young and Crazy Horse, he heard a French journalist ask Young how he liked being called 'the godfather of grunge.'
Young growled, 'I prefer to be called Don Grungio.' "
Neil Young's sound has often been cited by Pearl Jam has a grunge influence. In addition, it is clearly evident that Young's style had a massive and tragic impact on grunge disciple Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.
So go figure? Who then is the real Godfather of Grunge if not Neil? Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Andrew Wood of Malfunkshion/Mother Love Bone, Mark Arm of Mudhoney, or Jack Endino of Skin Yard?
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For more on Neil's music and the music and bands that he influenced from alt.country to grunge, check out a Neil Young Blog.
Also, determine whether you're grunge slacker by taking the "Which 1990's Subculture Do You Belong To?" poll.
Also, read excerpts of Nirvana and the Grunge Revolution (Guitar World Presents) by Nirvana
"In a relatively short time span, grunge music exploded out of its native Seattle and became the most dominant force of the early '90s. Groundbreaking bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains introduced a generation of young rock fans to their grainy, hard-edged brand of modern metal. The rise to prominence for these and other grunge monsters is detailed here, in Guitar World Presents Nirvana and the Grunge Revolution. The first section of the book serves as a tribute to the late Nirvana guitarist Kurt Cobain. It features revealing interviews with Cobain, a behind-the-scenes look at Nirvana's legendary MTV "Unplugged" performance, and an insider's guide to the making of their groundbreaking album, Nevermind. In addition, the book features interviews with many others who played key roles in the Seattle sound explosion, including Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Chris Cornell."
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