Chris Cornell, the iconic singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, tragically passed away earlier this summer at the age of 52.
Cited with the oft-overused ‘voice of a generation‘ tag, Cornell was one of the few artists deserving of it. His individualist sound became synonymous with 90s rock, before his work as a solo performer and collaborations with ex-Rage Against The Machine members (as part of Audioslave), brought him success in the 00s and beyond.
His loss is still being mourned by many, however, as with any great artist, the work remains in strength and permanence.
Tuesday June 20th was World Refugee Day and, in acknowledgement of this, Rolling Stone Magazine posted an extensive interview feature with the director (Meiert Avis) and producer (Eric Esrailian) of Cornell’s final video ‘The Promise‘, which focused on the hardships faced by refugees across the world.
Cornell married into a Greek family and his wife’s grandparents told him stories of the Armenian refugee crisis and associated attacks on their people. “My wife’s grandparents were affected by the same genocide at the same time, since it was part of the same Ottoman Empire policy. So I saw the nearness to it,” Cornell told Rollin Stone in March of this year.
“A lyric video released in March already featured scenes from the movie. For the official video, Cornell, directors Stefan Smith and Avis and the film’s producer Eric Esrailian wanted to widen the scope both geographically and temporally, showing actual footage of fleeing refugees and war-torn cities from Libya, Syria and other countries alongside historical atrocities.”
Per Cornell’s request, the video’s release date has special meaning. Tuesday, June 20th, marks World Refugee Day, an annual commemoration by the United Nations Refugee Agency to spotlight “the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.” Cornell pledged to donate all proceeds from the song and video to humanitarian aid charity International Rescue Committee.” – (Sc Rolling Stone)