The Evolution of a Grunge Icon: What Chris Cornell's Hair Tells Us About Him

From long to short and back again, the Soundgarden frontman's hair has been a focal point (and mirror to his soul?) for more than 20 years. Read the interview.

March 30, 2012
 

In 1990, Soundgarden was the first trailblazing Seattle grunge band to be signed to a major label (A&M Records), after receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance. Fans flocked to lead singer Chris Cornell, with his introspective lyrics and killer vocal range. And yet, his hair—the embodiment of grunge style—often stole the media spotlight. A closer inspection suggests it has been a lens into his world and its many breakups, reunions, addictions, and career flip-flops. Herewith, a time line of the man and his mane and what it all means.

2010-2011
Cornell releases the Timbaland-produced solo album Scream, which reaches No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Soundgarden reunites; Cornell confidently rocks the longest hair he's had since the Seattle grunge days—and a thicker beard, which confers on him a Jesus-like quality and, ultimately, a sense of peace.

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