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  • Total F*cking Godhead

  • The Biography of Chris Cornell
  • By: Corbin Reiff
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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By: Corbin Reiff
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Summary

The first comprehensive biography of iconic singer-songwriter Chris Cornell.

Total F*cking Godhead is the complete story of the complex and enigmatic artist, Chris Cornell. It's the riveting account of a blue collar, high-school dropout emerging from Seattle, Washington, to become one of the greatest singer-songwriters and voices of his generation. With input from people who knew and worked with him - together with Cornell's own words - the book recounts in great detail the rise of his immortal band Soundgarden as they emerged from the 1980s post-punk underground to dominate popular culture in the '90s alongside other Seattle bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana.

Long-time Seattle resident and rock writer Corbin Reiff examines Cornell's dynamic solo career as well as his time in Audioslave. He delves into his hard-fought battle with addiction, as well as the supercharged reunion with the band that made him famous before everything ended tragically.

This is the story of an artist who channeled his own inner turmoil into songs that touched the hearts of millions around the world and turned Chris Cornell into one of music's greatest icons.

©2020 Corbin Reiff (P)2020 Tantor

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Just perfect

As a fan of Soundgarden since the late 80s, this book was a total joy to listen to. It filled in a load of gaps and revealed stories and facts I never knew about. I couldn't wait to pick up where I'd left off from each day. The inevitable sad end to the story was difficult to hear even though it's now nearly 7 years on. A wonderful talent and massively missed.

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insightful

I know other reviewers have said nothing new here but I was not a die hard fan and so there was a lot that was new to me.

I was a 'classic rock ' guy and liked the Seattle sound but was not into it massively.

Still his voice was astounding. I had tickets to see his songbook tour in Florida in 2011 but he had to cancel due to a throat infection. Always meant to catch him back in UK but no rush.....

An amazing vocalist and songwriter. Left behind a massive body of work and a massive void in music.

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Epic & Tragic!

Exceptionally well constructed and a super thorough tribute to the legendary rock god!
Huge thanks to the author for putting this together.
RIP Chris Cornell you f*cking Legend 🤘

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Great insite into a legend

loved the story and the delivery. it shows how much the guy was loved and won't be forgotten.

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Fantastic account of the life of a gen x genius

Very well written and in tune with the best of Chris’ work. Brilliantly researched. Was a little disappointed at the end when listing the benefit concert lineup that the author fell on line with all ultra left cancel culture safe common practices and deliberately left Ryan Adams off the list, particularly when his ‘Dead Wishes’ cover shone additional light on how good the song is. Ryan is an artist of arguably equal magnitude and whilst his behaviour was questionable at times he was not a monster who deserves to have his career erased from memory by narrative bending opportunists like Phoebe Bridgers.

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Fan-worthy

Really enjoyed and appreciated all the research and interviews that took place to gather all this info. Especially enjoyed content on the early years and Seattle music scene. Chris loved his family and worked hard to maintain their privacy, so as much as I’d have liked more content around his personal life I can appreciate some things are best left alone. Even tho the narrator’s voice is tedious you get used to him.

It’s a deeply compelling account, was thoroughly engaged the whole way thru, especially since we know the devastating outcome. The build up to Detroit was well written….one day we’ll hopefully hear the band’s perspective.

Would have also appreciated a bit more on Soundgarden side projects during their hiatus. Wellwater Conspiracy doesn’t get a mention.

But, enjoyed the content about the band members’ communication during studio sessions. It’s these interactions that surrounded and no doubt influenced the music that we still enjoy…and always will.

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A truly remarkable human

I’ve always loved and respected the music of Soundgarden and Chris. And this book is a very fitting tribute.
In some parts the absence of credible sources is however quite noticeable. The fact that many story elements had to be pieced together using retrospective interviews also means that much of what we are told is presented in a voice of reflection. We rarely get to hear what Chris, or someone close to him, was feeling in the moment; but more how the events were perceived after the fact. This doesn’t make the book less authentic, it just means that as a reader/listener you feel quite distanced from the story and its protagonist. Like hearing the echo of a ghost, trying to remember his life.

I applaud the authors efforts nonetheless.

See you on the other side, Chris.

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thanks for this

bye bye bye bye to your mum and dad and I will be in the office tomorrow and I can do it for you and you can do it for me and you can do

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great listen

just a tragic loss. Still can't believe he's gone. Wish he was still with us.
Never forget Chris

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Brilliant book.

loved this book. Chris Cornell had and always will be a hero of mine. loved listening about his life story.

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