With input from those who knew and worked with him – together with his own words – Corbin Reiff‘s Total F*cking Godhead is the long-overdue book recounting the rise of Chris Cornell and his band Soundgarden as they emerged from the 1980s post-punk underground to dominate popular culture in the ’90s alongside Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana.
Reiff presents the comprehensive life story of one of the most celebrated singers and songwriters in rock history — from his beginnings in Soundgarden, through Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave, his solo projects and beyond.
We caught up with the author to chat all things Chris Cornell. Listen below:
Chris Cornell is considered one of the key figures of the 1990s grunge movement and is well-known for his extensive catalogue as a songwriter, his nearly four-octave vocal range, and his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), and Higher Truth (2015); the live album Songbook (2011); and two compilations, The Roads We Choose (2007) and Chris Cornell (2018), the latter released posthumously. He received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song “The Keeper”, which appeared in the 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher, and co-wrote and performed “You Know My Name“, the theme song to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. His last solo release before his death was the charity single “The Promise“, written for the ending credits for the 2016 film of the same name.
Across his entire catalogue, Cornell sold 14.8 million albums, 8.8 million digital songs, and 300 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. alone, as well as over 30 million records worldwide. He was nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, winning three. He was voted “Rock’s Greatest Singer” by readers of Guitar World, and ranked No. 4 on the list of “Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists” by Hit Parader, No. 9 on the list of “Best Lead Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and No. 12 on MTV’s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”.
Cornell struggled with depression for most of his life. He was found dead in his Detroit hotel room in the early hours of May 18, 2017, after performing at a Soundgarden concert an hour earlier at the Fox Theatre. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.Share this :