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.

1991
For a brief moment in the 1990s backwards baseball caps were considered cool, even among rockers, but the look soon morphed into frat-boy chic.

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