A Messy Trip Through the Grunge Explosion
By Steve Turner and Adem Tepedelen
Available June 13, 2023.
A down-and-dirty chronicle of the birth and evolution of the Seattle grunge scene—from backyard skateboard ramps to underground hardcore clubs to worldwide phenomenon—as told by one of its founding fathers and lead guitarist of legendary alternative rock band, Mudhoney.
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About Mud Ride
In the late 80s and early 90s, Steve Turner and his friends—Seattle skate punks, hardcore kids, and assorted misfits—started forming bands in each other’s basements and accidentally created a unique sound that spread far beyond their once-sleepy city. Mud Ride offers an inside look at the tight-knit grunge scene, the musical influences and experiments that shaped the grunge sound, and the story of Turner's bands, Green River and Mudhoney, which went from underground flophouse shows to selling out stadiums with Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Including stories about the key moments, musicians, and albums from grunge's beginnings to its come-down from the highs of global success and stardom, this is the first account of the musical phenomenon that took over the world from someone who was there for it all.
Written by Steve Turner, lead guitarist of Mudhoney, a foundational grunge band that inspired musical icons from Kurt Cobain to Sonic Youth, Mud Ride features a foreword by Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and never-before-seen photographs and grunge memorabilia throughout. Take a seat and ride through the messy and muddy grunge scene that grew from the basements of the Northwest and went on to circle the globe.
"Mud Ride is a roller coaster of a music memoir . . . An insider's account of the genesis of the Seattle sound and ethos, full of humor, pathos, and the sort of historical nuggets music fans cherish."
— Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author of Small World
"Honest, smart, wry, and filled with a deep musical detail and analysis you won't get from anyone else."
— Charles R. Cross, New York Times bestselling author of Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
"Mud Ride is an essential document—a history of the aesthetic, style, and language of what came to be known as grunge from one of its spiritual and intellectual founders."
— Greg Vandy, KEXP Seattle host and author of 26 Songs in 30 Days
About the Authors
Steve Turner is the guitarist and cofounder of seminal Seattle grunge band Mudhoney.
Adem Tepedelen is an award-winning journalist and author based in the Pacific Northwest.