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Friday, 19 May 2017 05:20

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell on 'Superunknown,' Depression and Kurt Cobain

Written by  Kory Grow

In 2014, Soundgarden issued a 20th anniversary edition of their landmark Superunknown album. To mark the occasion, frontman Chris Cornell sat for two extensive, revealing interviews with Rolling Stone to reflect on how the record was made, his mixed feelings on grunge and where his head was at when the band was at its biggest.

At times, he was earnest, and at others he was funny. By his own admission it was the first time he'd ever seriously reflected on his past work. The band had dug up demo recordings, B sides and rehearsal recordings for the release, and they'd even played the record live from front-to-back for the first time. In the interviews, he marveled at some of the things he learned in hindsight about both the album and himself at the time.

Portions of the interviews previously appeared in Rolling Stone magazine and others online. What's below is a supersized director's cut of everything the late frontman had to say about a crucial time in his life.

Do you look back on the era surrounding Superunknown fondly? I never look back, ever. I'm always looking ahead, working on the next thing. This is the first time I've [worked on a reissue], and it's most interesting because when Soundgarden made Superunknown, we had been a band for a long time – like, over eight years.

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