Soundgarden. Audioslave. Two Stereo Stories.

Chris Cornell, frontman of Audioslave and Soundgarden, died on 17 May, shortly after a concert in Detroit.

Imogen Knight recalls seeing Soundgarden and then Chris Cornell solo at two distinct stages of her life: 1991 and 2015.

I was lifted from the mosh-pit, above the crowd. I had stripped to my navy bra, like it was a bikini. I was too sweat-soaked, euphoric and naive to care. I was my most alive self. Ever. I was with Soundgarden. I was in love. Nothing could ever be better than that moment.

Like A Stone by Audioslave was the topic for a Grade Six presentation/show-and-tell in 2003 by Ali Schnabel. Her teacher and her classmates were a little taken aback.

So the day came, and I was nervous as all f–k. But I got up there in front of my class-mates, dragging the clunky Panasonic CD player in my wake. I took a deep breath. I hit play. The first few bars – as the chords of Like A Stone reverberated around the room, and the bass dribbled in – were wrought with hesitance. I was tapping my toes, but it didn’t seem like anyone else was into it. I broke out in a slight sweat. Looking back now, I think I realised my mistake as soon as Chris Cornell’s deep drawl came in.

Courtesy of our partner site Stereo Stories.


  1. Earl O'Neill says

    Songs, music, can have an incredible effect on yr psyche, esp when you’re young. But it don’t have to end there – I heard Sam Cooke singing ‘Wonderful World’ on the radio this morn, then killed it cos nothing was gonna beat that.
    Ali, Imogen, let it roll.

  2. Was he a Richmond supporter?

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