Chris Cornell 1991


Chris Cornell 1991, illustrated here in Indio, California on September 9, 1991 age 27.

Cornell was an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. He also had a solo career and contributed to soundtracks.
Cornell was also the founder and frontman of Temple of the Dog, a one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.

Photographer Chris Cuffaro shot Cornell and the band Soundgarden out in the desert in Indio, CA while they filmed their music video “Jesus Christ Pose”.
Here’s what he said:

“My good friends at A&M Records let me go out and shoot Soundgarden for fun. By this time, I had already shot the band a few times so they were use to having me around.

But unfortunately, there were some problems. First, I hadn’t slept for 48 hours prior to driving to Indio, CA. Second, it was HOT! Third, did I say it was HOT? Once I got out there the shoot was going slow, but the guys were in great spirits considering the conditions. We sat by the motorhome and listened to Nirvana’s Nevermind advance tape that I was lucky to score. We all just shook our heads and knew this was going to be big.

I shot the guys while they worked and as the day wore on, I got so tired I could not see straight. By the time they called wrap I was done! There was no way I was going to drive home. Chris offered to drive me home so I could sleep in the back seat. I took full advantage of that offer.

Once I got home, I slept for another day and a half. I finally got to the lab and processed the film only to see this special shot. I shot Soundgarden a few more times after this video and the guys were always good to me. Chris is really talented and I will always be grateful for the ride home.”

Cornell struggled with substance abuse and depression for much of his life. He was found dead in his Detroit hotel room early on the morning of May 18, 2017, after performing at a Soundgarden concert an hour earlier. His death was ruled a suicide.
He was 52 years old.

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