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Seattle Pop Culture

Sleepless in Seattle is an entertaining picture of the city’s character, yet Kris Kristofferson’s moody Trouble in Mind is more interesting, as is Jeff Bridges’ The Fabulous Baker Boys. The city’s famous rain-specked psyche supposedly drove Kurt Cobain’s throbbing grunge-rock, but the Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden grunge ethos actually derived from garage-rock pioneers such as The Wailers, a legendary late-‘50s Seattle band. Alan Hovhaness was a leading modern American composer; his famous soundscapes include his second symphony, “Mysterious Mountain.” Joel Rogers’ book Seattle illuminates the city’s roots and modern-day persona, while literary depictions of region are exemplified by David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars, a heartbreaking account of the World War II Japanese internment episode.
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