Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s new song, Misery Chain - recorded with Joy Williams Music – will be released as part of the record Music From And Inspired By 12 Years A Slave, the new pre-Civil War film based on the true story of Solomon Northrup.
Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.
The soundtrack will be released digitally on November 5 before the CD is used on November 19 (it is available for Amazon pre-order); it was curated by 9-time Grammy Award winner John Legend and features a score by legendary film composer Hans Zimmer.
“12 Years a Slave” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30 before screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, the Philadelphia Film Festival on October 19, and New York Film Festival in October.
12 Years a Slave hit theaters on Rocktober 18 for a limited release with a nationwide release on November 1.
Cornell kicked off a fall North American tour comprised of intimate, acoustic shows on Rocktober 15 in San Diego, California.
Cornell is playing solo concerts under his Songbook format, performing tracks from throughout his career, while offering fans their first chance to hear acoustic arrangements of songs from 2012's King Animal, Soundgarden's first new studio record in over 16 years.