Grunge

by Katharine Wray

15 December 2009

 

Grunge is making a comeback. Flannel is flouncing on the runways and in lurking in Urban Outfitters. Pearl Jam has re-released Ten, and Alice In Chains has hit the Late Night circuit. Like most cultural movements in America, the world of Grunge was best expressed and witnessed through fashion. Grunge was thrift-store chic and low-middle class depressed (apparently a great combination for punk ‘n roll). No matter if they are Kurt Cobain or a Courtney Love fan, those who love early ‘90s rock will love this book. From social cues to fashion tips, this collection poignantly and (almost) beautifully illustrates the Pacific West Coast’s contribution to Americana, beyond its passive aggressive mohawks and ratty cardigans.

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