December 17th, 2012
Jerry Cantrell, from Alice in Chains, appeared in Jerry Maguire, playing a CopyMat clerk and possibly a messiah. He was fearless. He nailed the performance in two takes, earning a blitz of high-fives from co-star Tom Cruise. Sometimes the reckless naturalism of a relaxed musician is just what the scene needs.
Writer/director Cameron Crowe, from his piece “Rocking the Role,” in the January 2013 issue of Vanity Fair; watch Cantrell’s cameo here
October 10th, 2011

8 great grunge rocker movie cameos

I rounded up eight grungy film cameos, including Krist Novoselic's wordless appearance in World’s Greatest Dad, for the Word&Film blog.

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Official Tumblr for Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (Now in paperback; purchase info here.) The blog is run by the author, freelance writer/editor Mark Yarm; he is of no relation to Mark Arm of Mudhoney.