Top 6 Tragic Details About Soundgarden That Are Totally Depressing
The legendary Grunge band Soundgarden often sang of sadness, misery, and despondency — topics the group’s members – such as the late Chris Cornell – knew all too well. Here’s a look into the tragic real-life story of Soundgarden.
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell fought a lifelong battle with drugs and alcohol. He started young, too, growing up in a tough Seattle neighborhood. He told Rolling Stone,
“We were all selling drugs by the time we were 12, or doing them. I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14.”
He told Spin that he quit due to a bad trip that deeply affected him.
“I had a bad PCP experience when I was 14 and I got a panic disorder. […] I became more or less agoraphobic because I’d have flashbacks. From 14 to 16, I didn’t have any friends. I stayed home most of the time.”
Though he dropped drugs, Cornell still struggled with addiction, becoming an alcoholic. And he continued to deal with depression and anxiety. He told Men’s Health,
“I always had one foot in this very dark, lonely, isolated world. I got very dark and there was a ton of isolation. I had to do a lot of things I didn’t want to do. Like I had to admit that I made all the mistakes I assumed I would never make. I changed pretty much everything you can change.”
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