Part One: The Soundgarden front man has a unique soundtrack history
Chris Cornell is having a pretty big year.
After announcing in 2010 that his Seattle grunge-pioneering band Soundgarden was getting back together, he's been on the road for the better part of 2011 with the group. He went out on his own in the spring for his "Songbook" tour, a leg of intimate solo acoustic shows highlighting a number of the songs he's written over the years, whether with Soundgarden or his other high-profile collaboration with members of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave. He's off to Australia now for another wave of those and this week announced fall and winter dates for a second US leg.
He has an original song in Marc Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher" called "The Keeper" that is featured in the "Songbook" tour. The song, which could be a contender for Oscar recognition later this season, has been showcased on the late night talk show circuit over the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, grunge is celebrating a 20th birthday of sorts this year as a wave of pomp and circumstance has greeted the anniversary of Nirvana's "Nevermind" album dropping on the industry in September of 1991. That moment unleashed the Seattle music scene on unsuspecting consumers and rock fans who were, at the time, desperate for something more.
To that end, Cornell is also a considerable presence in Cameron Crowe's "Pearl Jam Twenty," a rock documentary chronicling that band's two-decade sprawl that spends plenty of time detailing the Seattle scene of which Cornell and his band were very much a staple. Oh, and somewhere along the way he'll find time to head back into the studio to crank out Soundgarden's first original album in 15 years.
A busy year indeed. In the first of a two-part interview today, Cornell discusses writing "The Keeper" and his history with music in film over the years.