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From the December 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.

The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge (Sasquatch Books; $18.95)
Philadelphia historian Stephen Tow searches for the earliest roots of the grunge emergence, tracing local influences from the late 1970s through the ’80s, and ending his timeline—constructed via hundreds of interviews—just as grunge goes mainstream in the early ’90s. This is grunge before grunge was grunge.

In 1986, Chris Hanzsek and Tina Casale put together a compilation of six “heavy” bands then traversing Seattle: Green River (which would later split into Mudhoney and, eventually, Pearl Jam); the Melvins; Skin Yard (Endino’s band); Soundgarden; and the U-Men.  The record, called Deep Six, arguably represents the first document of what later would be called grunge.  Endino discusses in the clip below:

Seattle Met Excerpt

Posted: October 2, 2011 in Seattle Media



The excerpt draws from the beginning of Chapter 3, “We Must Be Musicians,” which is all about the U-Men.  The article leads with a great band shot by Charles Peterson.  I’m psyched that they’re running an excerpt about the U-Men, since I wrote more about them than any other band.

Seattle Met also includes a portion of my “Little-Known Seattle Records You Should Listen To” list.  They picked 10 out of the 25 records from my book.