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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781439169216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439169216
  • ASIN: 1439169217
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Songs that Inspired Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard share the songs that have influenced their lives and music, ranging from the Sex Pistols’ “No Feelings” to George Michael’s “Father Figure” to Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Listen to their playlists.

Jeff Ament's Playlist

"The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel

"Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

"Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath

"Heaven Tonight" by Cheap Trick

"Fame" by David Bowie

"No Class" by Motorhead

"Gimme Gimme Gimme" by Black Flag

"Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction

"That Time of Night" by Marillion

"Sisitizo la Amani Duniani" by Hukwe Zawose


Stone Gossard's Playlist

"Love is Alive" by Gary Wright

"No Feelings" by Sex Pistols

"Precious" by Pretenders

"Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

"Father Figure" by George Michael

"You Dropped a Bomb on Me" by Gap Band

"How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy

"I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan

"Punch Up at a Wedding" by Radiohead

"Not Dark Yet" by Bob Dylan

Review

“Essential . . . Pearl Jam’s autobiographical account is one of few that focus on music rather than substance abuse. . . . Attests to their unwavering connection to their music and their ability to prevent fame from overshadowing art.” Library Journal (starred review)

“This is a remarkable account of a career . . . No small achievement . . . This book will satisfy casual listeners as well as obsessives.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A fun, photo-filled day-in-the-life chronicle of one of America’s hardest-working rock bands . . . Whether or not readers are fans of the band, the book’s coverage of the Seattle grunge explosion during the early ’90s is impressive.” Kirkus Reviews

“There’s only three other bands on the planet that have the talent and the mystique to change the world with music. Radiohead, R.E.M., and Pearl Jam.” —Bono

“The greatest American rock band ever.” USA Today Readers’ Poll (2005)

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Winkleman VINE VOICE on September 13, 2011
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Allow me to make one thing perfectly clear right up front...while I love Pearl Jam and consider myself a big fan, I also don't have the kind of encyclopedic knowledge that I know some people have for the band. I can't honestly tell you how much of the material in this book, the little tidbits and snippets and nuggets of information from the band, their fellow musicians, and their friends is already known and how much of it is revelatory and new.

What I can tell you is my own impression of the book, and that's that this is a fantastic book that any fan will love. It is a great companion piece to the year-long celebration that has been PJ20. It begins with a great, long foreword by Cameron Crowe primarily about the role Pearl Jam has played in rock music and how they have managed to survive by, in his words, actively seeking less. There's a great note from Bono to Crowe that's quoted in the intro asking why Eddie won't just let the band release a summer album full of hit singles. This is followed by a short focus on each (current) band member (excluding Boom, who gets a bit shorted in general), which includes a very brief biography--essentially their birthday, where they were born, and a quick summary of their early musical resumé--and answers to a few background questions, the same questions asked of each member, about how they got started in music and what their earliest influences and most memorable experiences were. This is all pre-PJ information.

The book then jumps into the biography of the band, beginning with the years 1962-1989 and the evolutions of Green River, Shadow, Bad Radio, and Soundgarden. At this point the book is still largely a straight narrative by the author, with occasional quotes thrown in.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on September 27, 2011
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I am a big fan and I have two of their other coffee table photo books. I was very surprised when I received this book. It is the same price (cheaper here on Amazon) as the other two but is twice as big. Not only is it incredibly thick, it is packed with information. It's not just photos, there is an entire time line and lots of articles. It's going to take me awhile to tackle this one. Love it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Kodosky on September 19, 2011
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Best book I've ever bought -- I've already read every page. What a great gift to PJ fans this book (and this year) has been.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TMVOLS on September 27, 2011
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I read this door-stop in one sitting - great read for the hard-core fan, taking the reader pre-Mookie Blaylock to today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saurabh on October 11, 2011
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You have got to buy this if you are a fan. I still have goosebumps from reading this. By far the authoritative word on Pearl Jam, ever.

+5 also Amazon. The first copy I got had a couple of smudge marks. Amazon replaced it in day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Mitsdarffer on October 2, 2013
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the book is huge!! so much info with a tremendous amount of detail and insight to Peal Jam. Very excited about this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penn Name on October 8, 2011
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Who would have thought? It's awesome to relive 20 years of this band. Really high quality book, lots of pictures and backstory on the band and its music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seb311 on October 12, 2011
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If you are a fan of Pearl Jam you will love this book. It's oversized with great pictures and artwork. The book is done in an oral history style with interviews from band members, other Seattle based bands, like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains members, as well as from Cameron Crowe. The book is broken down into chapters that describe one year in the band's history. Example is 1990 will tell all of the history of Eddie meeting up with the other members of the band and the formation of Pearl Jam from the ashes of Mother Love Bone. Overall it's a great book and I highly recommend it.
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