Chris Cornell: Rock Is A Dying Art

Soundgarden throat Chris Cornell is currently out on a US tour to promote his upcoming, acoustic solo album, "Songbook", which reaches stores November 22.

Chris Cornell: Rock Is A Dying Art
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Soundgarden throat Chris Cornell is currently out on a US tour to promote his upcoming, acoustic solo album, Songbook, which reaches stores November 22. The album will feature songs from Cornell's work with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, as well as his solo work and choice covers from John Lennon and Led Zeppelin. Cornell recently fielded fans' Twitter questions via American Songwriter and when asked if he listens to any new music that's out there, he gave a fuzzy reply. "[I am] always listening to new music, but [it's] rare to hear new artists who make entire albums that draw me in. I feel it's a dying art." On another note, Cornell told fans that his "proudest accomplishment" is "my relationship with my wife Vicky. We've lived [and] thrived through the darkest periods [and] came out stronger [and] closer." Cornell also explained that he's completely self-taught on guitar, and that teaching himself has "limited me in some ways, but [been] very helpful in others. My only goal to playing was to write songs." Cornell's solo jaunt wraps up December 17 in San Diego, California. After that, Soundgarden are expected to roll out their new album in 2012. Thanks for the report to Anne Erickson, Gibson.com.

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    SGofawesome
    Agreeing with most of the people commenting. Rock won't ever die as long as people are still interested in making it. However, I do agree with the fact that there aren't as good of "whole albums" as there used to be. But that's not just the fault of the labels pushing a few singles, it's also the band's faults for thinking that they can get big off of a few big hits. Led Zeppelin didn't just get big off of "Whole Lotta Love" or "Dazed and Confused", they made great albums that are just as good as the singles that were promoted. We need to start getting musicians who get that concept.
    eclipse812
    Ya, the only reason whole albums are unattractive is from producers pushing a few hits and filling the rest of the album with filler, Get Rock n Roll back to the rebellious art it started as!
    Soundservant
    Unfortuate you feel that way, Chris. Hopefully your new album with Soundgarden will correct that thought.
    Petey D
    There are plenty of new albums out there that are great from start to finish. Problem is nobody gets to hear them because they don't fit the big labels' mold of what's going to make them money, and therefore they get no marketing support.
    cilli
    Rock'n'Roll will NEVER DIE!!! Just try and make sure that these cookie-cutting bands/producers don't get their meat hooks on the unsigned talents before the public does... it'll ruin us all - LONG LIVE ROCK'N'ROLL BABY!
    Jesus_Dean
    Dying..? No! It's just that we are stuck between genres. About every generation a new style of rock (Rock n Roll, Hard Rock, Punk, Hair Metal, Grunge, Nu Metal, and so on, and so on...) comes out and gets the blood pumping again. Me..? I'm standing at the station waiting for the next rock train to finally pull in.
    Randomrings
    I see what he's trying to say. UG has taken it out of context. I agree. But Rock and Roll will never die
    Rimfrost
    I never understood why people have a problem with albums these days, i think theres a ton of quality albums released every year, as has always been the case.
    slaveskinJACKET
    If you're concerned that good albums and artists aren't getting recognition, you're not helping much. The only thing that's been mentioned is the Rival Sons. Everyone keeps saying good albums are released all the time, but nobody's naming any others. I think that's what the article is asking for. I don't know any to add, so I can't really argue with the guy. They are few and far between for me.
    b1gf00t123
    If you look to the mainstream for "Rock Music" yeah, you're not going to find much. There are plenty of great rock bands out there, they're just not getting any media attention.
    Korgull
    Jesus_Dean wrote: Dying..? No! It's just that we are stuck between genres. About every generation a new style of rock (Rock n Roll, Hard Rock, Punk, Hair Metal, Grunge, Nu Metal, and so on, and so on...) comes out and gets the blood pumping again. Me..? I'm standing at the station waiting for the next rock train to finally pull in.
    Hair Metal killed it. Grunge buried it. Nu-Metal and every other modern-day crap trend is just pissing off its grave. All the good stuff's underground, thanks to Grunge. Safe from the hands of mainstream music industry, at least, right? You'll rarely find a good, new band being played on the radio or being mentioned in a magazine.
    link no1
    Korgull wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: Dying..? No! It's just that we are stuck between genres. About every generation a new style of rock (Rock n Roll, Hard Rock, Punk, Hair Metal, Grunge, Nu Metal, and so on, and so on...) comes out and gets the blood pumping again. Me..? I'm standing at the station waiting for the next rock train to finally pull in. Hair Metal killed it. Grunge buried it. Nu-Metal and every other modern-day crap trend is just pissing off its grave. All the good stuff's underground, thanks to Grunge. Safe from the hands of mainstream music industry, at least, right? You'll rarely find a good, new band being played on the radio or being mentioned in a magazine.
    You likme underground bands, that means your opinion must be vaild (sarcasm) You do know why most underground bands are underground right?
    sherry07
    He didn't say rock itself is a dying art, he said that making an album where every song makes you want to listen to it is a dying art.
    Korgull
    link no1 wrote: Korgull wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: Dying..? No! It's just that we are stuck between genres. About every generation a new style of rock (Rock n Roll, Hard Rock, Punk, Hair Metal, Grunge, Nu Metal, and so on, and so on...) comes out and gets the blood pumping again. Me..? I'm standing at the station waiting for the next rock train to finally pull in. Hair Metal killed it. Grunge buried it. Nu-Metal and every other modern-day crap trend is just pissing off its grave. All the good stuff's underground, thanks to Grunge. Safe from the hands of mainstream music industry, at least, right? You'll rarely find a good, new band being played on the radio or being mentioned in a magazine. You likme underground bands, that means your opinion must be vaild (sarcasm) You do know why most underground bands are underground right?
    Because you either have to sell out or be lucky to become popular. ESPECIALLY in anti-mainstream genres like Rock, Punk, and Metal. Look at Metal. There are over 70, 000 bands, and only 10 are truly popular. Unless you want to say Metal sucks, you are going to have to realize it's an underground genre that isn't meant to be popular. Same with Rock, there are more bands than just Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Guns 'N Roses, The Doors, etc. and a lot of them are just as good or better. Punk should be a no brainer. Being popular doesn't even mean you're good, let alone better than other bands.
    Dukey
    Well, Chris Cornell and an acoustic guitar never harmed anyone! Only did great ever since Seasons. (marvelous song!) I'll give it a listen when more songs will come out, BUT GODDAMN IT I WANT TO HEAR SOUNDGARDEN!!!!!
    kurtshapedbox
    With a thick undercurrent of Menomena, RX Bandits, Maps & Atlases, The Mars Volta, a reunited Soundgarden and the like, i think rock music fans should have no shortage of quality albums to listen to in the near future.
    Drg23
    XtractionProces wrote: >rock music is dying >dance album
    someone STILL butthurt about Scream, wow.
    Tigershark2112
    "You can shoot my body full of holes but you can't kill the spirit of rock n roll baby!" -Mojo Nixon
    CaptainDan748
    There are tons of awesome bands out there, just need to look harder than before, which is easier to look harder with the internet. If you can't find good music you suck at looking.
    nickzippelli
    Well Chris obviously hasn't heard Rival Sons ' album. Swear to god the singer is like some godly combination of jim morrison attitude and robert plant style
    ijackson57
    I don't believe it's either dead or dying. Too many people out there still love it, and there are plenty of artists and bands living and breathing it. "Rock is dying" makes a good sound bite, but that's about all it is.
    XtheAxeman
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: If you're concerned that good albums and artists aren't getting recognition, you're not helping much. The only thing that's been mentioned is the Rival Sons. Everyone keeps saying good albums are released all the time, but nobody's naming any others. I think that's what the article is asking for. I don't know any to add, so I can't really argue with the guy. They are few and far between for me.
    I guess the modern bands that I think are really good, are Black Stone Cherry and Blackwater James. Yeah people definitely need to stop saying there are good bands out there and start stating said bands
    jacobdubya
    Yet another misleading title by UG. Like someone else said, he doesn't mention the word "rock" anymore in that statement. Sounds like he was implying the album was a dying art form. And I agree, a bit. Because of the internet and iTunes, the music consumers seem to be more focused on singles. Many artists seem to be leaning that way as well since no one can release an entire album that doesn't get leaked anymore.