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Chris Cornell

Birthdate: 20. July 1964
Date of death: 18. May 2017

Christopher John Cornell was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as the founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.

Cornell is considered one of the chief architects of the 1990s grunge movement, and is well known for his extensive catalog as a songwriter, his nearly four-octave vocal range, and his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning , Carry On , Scream , Higher Truth and the live album Songbook . Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song "The Keeper", which appeared in the 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher, and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale , "You Know My Name". His last solo release before his death was the charity single "The Promise", written for the ending credits for the 2016 film of the same name. He was voted "Rock's Greatest Singer" by readers of Guitar World, ranked 4th in the list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" by Hit Parader, 9th in the list of "Best Lead Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone, and 12th in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music".Across his entire catalog, Cornell has sold 14.8 million albums, 8.8 million digital songs, and 300 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. alone, as well as over 30 million records worldwide. He was nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and won twice.Cornell struggled with depression for much of his life. He was found dead in his Detroit hotel room early on the morning of May 18, 2017, after performing at a Soundgarden concert an hour earlier at the Fox Theater. His death was ruled suicide by hanging.

„What I hear in my brain (brain radio) dictates the beginning of any attempt at a new song.“

—  Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell: The American Songwriter Twitterview, American Songwriter, November 1, 2011 https://americansongwriter.com/2011/11/chris-cornell-the-american-songwriter-twitterview/,
Soundgarden Era

„I’m completely self-taught on guitar- limited me in some ways but very helpful in others. My only goal to playing was to write songs.“

—  Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell: The American Songwriter Twitterview, American Songwriter, November 1, 2011 https://americansongwriter.com/2011/11/chris-cornell-the-american-songwriter-twitterview/,
Soundgarden Era

„I was on tour with Soundgarden, and I remember writing down the title. The title immediately brought up the idea of the song, which is that someone is so distracted by a new person or a new thing in their life that they kind of forgot that they had given up on life. Sometimes it just happens without us even noticing.“

—  Chris Cornell

On the inspiration behind the song "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" ** Chris Cornell Flashback Q&A: 'We Have to Be Aware That Life Is So Short', Yahoo!, May 19, 2017 https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/chris-cornell-flashback-qa-aware-life-short-023857577.html,
On songwriting

„Every time I know we have to go out on tour, there’s about three or four weeks where I’m terrified—where I start thinking: That’s not me. I’m not Freddie Mercury.“

—  Chris Cornell

Then I go out onstage and it’s like diving into the cold Puget Sound after spending five weeks in Hawaii—there’s a shock to the system, but the fear goes away. You get used to it, which is pretty cool, because if I stopped performing, I could just disappear and end up being some weird chattering man that walks the streets in rags, staring only at the pavement. At first you rationalize that going to a club where people recognize you is a bad idea; then going to a neighborhood bar becomes a bad idea, too. Going to the grocery store becomes a bad idea. Answering the phone becomes a bad idea. Then every time the dog barks, you think the National Guard is on your roof ready to drill holes in the shingles and shoot at you. So I have to deal with the outside world on sort of a maintenance level—go out to a bar every so often and just be around people.
Interview with Details Magazine, December 1996 https://pitchfork.com/features/article/10081-chris-cornell-searching-for-solitude/,
On being anti-social

„I would hope it is a when, as opposed to an if. How about Gene Simmons?“

—  Chris Cornell

On who he would like to see as the band's presents if Soundgarden ever gets inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. HBO Q&A session, quoted in ** Chris Cornell Would Like Gene Simmons to Induct Soundgarden Into Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, Ultimate Guitar, May 21, 2013 https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/chris_cornell_would_like_gene_simmons_to_induct_soundgarden_into_rnr_hall_of_fame.html,
On the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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„Chris was my friend and he was at the very heart of the Seattle music scene and beyond. I miss him, but I realized that he went as far as he could in this world with his soul. He couldn’t go any farther.“

—  Chris Cornell

Ann Wilson talking about Chris Cornell at the press room of the Rock and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, on April 14, 2018. ** Ann Wilson of Heart speaks backstage at Rock Hall induction, YouTube, April 14, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjKO41QmGX8,

„Guitar.com: he tone of Euphoria Morning is kind of melancholy.“

—  Chris Cornell

On depression and suicide
Context: Guitar. com: he tone of Euphoria Morning is kind of melancholy.

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