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Pearl Jam Twenty Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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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
“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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
+5 also Amazon. The first copy I got had a couple of smudge marks. Amazon replaced it in day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have the DVD and the CD, the book surpasses both, candid tales, honest talk, picture the quality of PJ's songs on written formPublished 5 months ago by Sergio pescador
Very pleased with this purchase. It arrived in a timely fashion, merch was in far better condition than I expected and was well packaged to avoid any damage in shipping. Read morePublished 11 months ago by terri adrian