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.

Cornell's solo career takes off with the song "You Know My Name," which was featured in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. The mane returns to confident shaggy.

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