Mud Ride is a down-and-dirty chronicle of the birth and evolution of the Seattle grunge scene as told by one of its founding fathers and lead guitarist of legendary alternative rock band, Mudhoney.
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.
“Mud Ride is a roller coaster of a music memoir, at turns clear-eyed and madcap, quirky, surprising, and always propulsive. Turner offers us 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
A Messy Trip Through the Grunge Explosion
Published on 8th June 2023
Steve Turner with Adem Tepedelen
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Steve Turner is the guitarist and co-founder of seminal Seattle grunge band Mudhoney. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Adem Tepedelen is an award-winning journalist and author based in the Pacific Northwest. He has written for numerous music publications, including: The Rocket (Seattle), Warp, RayGun, Seattle Weekly, Revolver, Mojo, Alternative Press, RollingStone.com, Decibel and many, many others.
Born in Reggio Emilia in 1980. He created pearljamonline.it in 2001 and wrote the first edition of “Pearl Jam Evolution” in 2009 along with his wife Daria. Since 2022, he is behind 2 podcasts: “Pearl Jam dalla A alla Z” and “Fuori Orario Not Another Podcast”. He has collaborated with Barracuda Style, HvsR, Rolling Stone, Rockol and Il Fatto Quotidiano. He continues relentlessly to try to find “beautiful melodies that say terrible things”.
Favorite song: Present Tense
Favorite album: No Code
Favorite bands/artists other than PJ: Tom Waits, Ramones, Springsteen, IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Mark Lanegan, Cat Power