“Mudhoney: The Sound and The Fury From Seattle”
Voyageur Press, $19.99
Green River was Seattle’s seminal grunge band of the 1980s. Kim Neely’s 1998 book “Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story” documented what happened to one half of the group after Green River split in 1987. Now there’s finally a book detailing the events that followed for the other band members, who went on to form Mudhoney.
Keith Cameron, a writer for prestigious UK monthly “Mojo,” was a young aspiring journalist when Mudhoney first toured England in 1989, and, having covered the band from the very beginning, is well-placed to take the reader through the labyrinthine twists and turns of the burgeoning grunge era.
Having the band’s cooperation, Cameron can tackle the trouble spots in the band’s history (drug issues, tax woes) from the inside, while maintaining an even-handed approach. Cameron has a clean writing style, avoiding the melodramatics that sometimes plague other rock bios, with that additional literate edge common to British rock critics (such as referring Ellensburg’s “Dachshunds on Parade” as being toiled for “lovers of low-rise canine pugnacity”).
One of the better books to come out about the Northwest music scene.