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Celebrating Two of Rock’s Big Voices, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell


Chester Bennington, right, performed at the Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s funeral in May.

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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.

Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington were two singers from different generations, in vastly different bands, but with the same commitment to arena-rock theater, and similar stylistic versatility. They were friends, and they occasionally toured together. And in the last three months, both men died; their deaths were ruled suicides by hanging.

Cornell was the frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, and one of the most exciting holdovers of 1970s and 1980s rock spectacle working in the grunge and post-grunge eras. Bennington was the singer in Linkin Park, the group that helped normalize rap-rock to tens of millions of fans. Both men were signature vocalists, deploying power that resonated in a variety of sonic contexts.

To talk about the musical and emotional legacies of these two singers on this week’s Popcast, Mr. Caramanica spoke with Kory Grow, senior writer at RollingStone.com, and the poet and critic Hanif Abdurraqib.

Email your questions, thoughts and ideas about what’s happening in pop music to popcast@nytimes.com.

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