When grunge came along in the 90s, it changed rock music forever. Along with punk, it’s the still a driving force in the creation of new music today. And like punk, it’s one of the most romanticized eras in the history of rock’n’roll. While there are a million books on punk, it’s only now that enough time has passed for there to be some books on the history of grunge.
If you’re looking for such a thing, try Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Grunge Music. Author Greg Prato has collected quotes and recollections from people–famous, infamous and barely known–in a book that runs almost 500 pages. There was lots of stuff here I didn’t know, especially about the late Layne Staley of Alice in Chains. Grunge is Dead is published by ECW Press.