New book about Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon mentions Nirvana

A new book by journalist Greg Prato, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other, is the first book to tell the story of 90s rock band Blind Melon.

"Culled from over 50 exclusive interviews (including the surviving band members and those closest to the band) and featuring many never-before-seen photos, the book tells the story of the band who tragically lost their lead singer Shannon Hoon at 28."

There are quite a few references to Nirvana in the book, including Shannon Hoon's reaction to Kurt Cobain's death (Blind Melon played the David Letterman show the day Kurt's body was discovered - they dedicated the song "Change" to him, and Shannon put a question mark on his forehead, which there's a pic of in the book).

Also, the book deals with the arrival of Gary Gersh to Capitol Records (the same guy who signed Nirvana to Geffen), and also, the Blind Melon song "Soup" is discussed, in which readers will find out that part of the song is about Kurt's death.

Read more about the book at where you can also get yourself a copy of the book (it is only available for purchase online).

If you follow the above link, you can also read a chapter and a half from the book. Additionally, there are several grunge-related musicians that were interviewed for this book, including Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez, and Duff McKagan (who's originally from Seattle).

Here's an exclusive snippet from the book with Blind Melon drummer Glen Graham talking about Shannon's reaction to Cobain's death:

"GLEN GRAHAM: [Cobain's death] freaked him out badly. I think he knew 'If that guy can succumb to the pressures of what's going on inside his brain, then I know I can.' I don't know that he was thinking those thoughts, but I think something resonated in him, like 'Oh shit uh oh.' I don't think they ever met but I don't know. Kurt Cobain at the time was the focal point of youth culture unfortunately for him."

The book is available now.

Posted in NFC news section at on 09-19-2008 @ 4:10 PM (GMT).

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