Andrew Wood

awood1January 8, 1966 – March 19, 1990

It’s completely understandable if the casual music fan doesn’t know Andrew Wood’s name. It’s also a distinct possibility that the same fan might not know Mother Love Bone, the band Wood fronted. But, Wood’s influential work in the late-1980’s Seattle music scene and his tragic death touched off much of what the landscape of the 1990’s alternative music would come to look like.

In 1988, Andrew Wood formed the Seattle-based post-metal/pre-grunge alternative rock band Mother Love Bone with bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard, both formerly of the locally-influential band, Green River. MLB showed massive promise in the burgeoning Seattle circuit. They recorded their debut album in 1989, but Wood never saw it released. After years of battling substance abuse, he died of a heroin overdose at the age of 24.

But, Wood’s story doesn’t end there. Devastated by the loss, Gossard and Ament turned to darker, edgier music and lyrics. While Wood’s former roommate, Chris Cornell – whose own band Soundgarden was already experiencing some commercial success – approached the duo to see if they would be interested in a tribute album to their late friend. The album and band (both called Temple of the Dog) would go Platinum. And it would also bring Gossard and Ament together with guitarist Mike McCready and a vocalist from San Diego named Eddie Vedder. These four bandmates went on to form Pearl Jam, one of the most popular American bands of the last 30 years. In addition, Wood’s life and death directly inspired other alternative/grunge acts such as Alice in Chains and Candlebox.

More than just a simple music history footnote, Andrew Wood’s commanding stage presence and electric personality influenced and helped define one of the biggest genre changes in American popular music. One he would never get to see or hear.




Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park – Bremerton, WA

Specific Location

In the outdoor mausoleum at the top of the hill (next to the chapel), Andrew is interred to the right of the ROSE section in the first column, six spaces up.



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