We've now had this site up for 16 years, and one day, it may even be functional.
We hear, every now and then, the idea that putting up some of the content here (namely audio/video clips from the shows) can be harmful to the band. Our response has always been the same, which is that is just not true. At all.
Nobody finds this incredibly niche site, and then decides that they won't bother going to a Soundgarden or Songbook show because they just "experienced it" here. In fact, the exact opposite happens. The only people that end up this far into the Soundgarden internet are hardcore fans. Probably bigger than us (not really, that's impossible). They come here as fans to share in the live Soundgarden experience and look for clips from their own shows, and they leave here wanting to see a show even more than before.
We hope we don't offend the band, and we definitely stay away from posting any commercially available material. We also make no money at all on the site. No links to stores are affiliate links. We take the fact that the official Chris Cornell and Soundgarden Twitter, Instagram and SoundgardenWorld pages have all linked to us, and that the Cornell family has as well via Twitter, (and that Chris referred to me as "Jeff Garden" at the Miami show) as a sign that they are aware of us, and don't mind what we do. Or at least are okay putting up with it for now.
We're also available for bat-mitzvah's, bachelorette parties, and Disney World tours.
—-Jeffgarden.com History Lesson—-
Site goes up with no media, just hand-typed (not even scanned yo !) news from the official Soundgarden Fan Club mailings. Obviously, the band had already split up but the fan club was still alive (although on its last leg). The fan club merged with the Alice in Chains club and later died off all together
Started to offer live mp3’s and video clips of some performances and post appearances by Chris Cornell on TV shows. Some shortly after they aired and some from old VHS tapes I had recorded clips on to. This was before YouTube was anything so the videos were streaming via Apple’s .Mac service and downloadable in various formats.
Site was branded as “ChrisCornell.cc” pretty early on, after just being a kinda long URL at first. Finally got to actually see Chris Cornell live since first putting up the site so had 1st-hand media of Audioslave to host.
Site is renamed Jeffgarden.com from ChrisCornell.cc
Chris Cornell tours relentlessly and we do our best to see as much of it as possible. Chris connects with Meghan at multiple shows (we’ll add links here to photos/concert notes from when he called her a bitch, dedicated Pretty Noose to her during an Audioslave show, took and read several song-request signs, dedicated Black Hole Sun to her at Projekt Revolution, and handed her 2…yes 2…mic stands in Chicago). Meghan also starts working on the site.
Soundgarden is back together ! We’ve now seen them twice since the reunion and have 4 shows planned for this year so far. We are both equal contributors to the site and are both up for a Photograph Soundgarden contest for 2 separate shows (Jones Beach + Red Rocks)
2011-2012 The Webcasts We’d Like To Forget Ever Happened
I thought, since we were going to a few Soundgarden shows all over the country, that it would be cool to have a little webcast. The problem was that while we were in the new cities and at the shows, we weren’t thinking about the webcasts at all so each episode would end up being us talking about the show a few days later, making a not-Soundgarden related intro, and putting together clips of videos of the shows. Also we were pretty out of it in all the videos. We stopped making them, because we should have never started. But we still have them up here [http://jeffgarden.tumblr.com/webcast]
Reworking the site to be optimized for mobile first, and still look ultra mega OK on desktop. Hamburger menus. Hamburger menus everywhere...
This site exists for fans of Soundgarden and the band’s other projects. We are so small and niche and hard to find on Google, and offer so little to any mainstream “I only know Black Hole Sun” fan that we never feel we are stepping on any toes with the stuff we do on here.
If we post video clips, it’s for fans who don’t get to see them when they first air. I even asked Chris Cornell on Twitter if it would be okay to post his “Imagine” performance from Conan’s Tonight Show and he was okay with it. It even ended up on ChrisCornell.com (after I also put it on YouTube) until NBC had Google remove it from YouTube.
That pretty much sums up how the whole support/fan site vs. copyright/pirate site thing goes. We feel we’re just promoting the band, the band members themselves often retweet our links to files (and sometimes even just tweet links to our pages on their own), Chris has posted at least 2 pictures we have taken of him at his Songbook Tour 2011 on his Facebook (assuming that’s actually Chris using that account) and Ben has linked to us when we broke the news that “Black Rain” was nominated for a Grammy.
At the same time, it’s often discouraged to take photos or video at some shows and it’s sometimes the band/management themselves who discourage it. Even if they do post links to it the next day.
In short, we put up everything on this site for fans as obsessed with Soundgarden and their music as we are. We feel we promote the band, their music, their live shows, and TV/Web appearances and provide a decent channel for getting up-to-date news. We’ve also attempted to create a sharing hub for fans to upload their own content on select pages. If we’re ever told we’ve crossed any line in respect to copyright/personal/commercial boundaries, we wouldn’t blink before removing the offending page/file/etc.
—-Run-Ins In The Past—-
Audioslave’s official site ran a contest to allow fans to download a pre-release song. The contest featured technology that didn’t work on Macs. In response, I posted the song on this site (not something we normally ever do) with the headline “Rage Against The Mac…intosh” explaining how it was unfair that Mac users could not participate in the free song download contest. This lasted about a day or so before I received a call about maybe not doing that… The whole thing was really just meant as a joke to poke fun at the official site so I had no problem complying and removing the song.
Sony reported the site to our hosting company for hosting copy-written files and the site was taken offline. After sulking for a few days, I did the mature thing…and posted anti-Sony flash videos (including a game show called “Piracy or Not Piracy” where the Sony Exec. playing couldn’t tell the two apart). After about a week, I was contacted and told I can put the site back up.
Anything we put up on YouTube gets flagged as potentially going to be taken down. Even when we have permission to put it up. Whatever…
In our first run-in with this sorta stuff, we were asked offline after a Chris Cornell show to not post the videos we had shot. This was at the 05.01.2011 Seattle show at the Moore. The Cornell team was nice enough to leave our photos and videos intact on the memory card they confiscated and we have honored their request by only posting photos from the show.