Chris Cornell: a rock star who kicked down the boundaries of sound

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The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, who has died aged 52, was always the black sheep in the grunge family – he drew on soul, R&B, and James Bond to turn hard rock psychedelic

In May 1989, Soundgarden played their first gig outside America at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. They were sandwiched between a minor hardcore punk band called Murphy’s Law and Mudhoney, the latter then widely believed to be the Band Most Likely To from Seattle’s burgeoning grunge scene; Nirvana had yet to release their debut album. But anyone paying close attention to the main support band might have got a vague inkling they were destined for bigger things.

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