In our newest episode we’re talking about Pearl Jam. The band from Seattle almost starts with their European Tour, so we invited music journalist and Pearl Jam expert Mark van Schaick to introduce us to the band. Mark just released his book Why Go, about his meetings and interviews with Pearl Jam and the musical environment from the nineties. What’s it like to interview Eddie Vedder for example? Mark tells it in his book and our podcast.

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Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam is an rockband formed in Seattle in 1990. The band consists of: Eddie Vedder (Vocals), Mike McCready (Lead guitar) Stone Gossard (Rhythm guitar), Jeff Ament (Bass) and Matt Cameron (Drums).

On August 27, 1991, Pearl Jam released their debutalbum Ten. It is the best selling album of the band and is seen as one of the most iconic albums from the nineties. Together with bands as Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, they were part of the ‘grunge movement’.

Mark van Schaick

Mark van Schaick is our guest and a music journalist. In the early years of the band, Mark was already interested in them. He wrote a review about Ten and was then invited to interview Eddie Vedder by phone. After that he was invited to the States to see the band play and interview them again. More meetings and interviewed followed and that’s why he decided to write a book about his relationship with the band.

Clips from the podcast

We talked about the formation of the band and the early years. Along with that we’ve talked about Temple of The Dog (a sort of Tribute band for singer Andrew Wood), consisting of Chris Cornell and members of Pearl Jam.

In 1991 Pearl Jam released debut album Ten. ‘Alive’, ‘Jeremy’, ‘Even Flow’ en ‘Oceans’ were singles from the album, but ‘Black‘ wasn’t.

Pearl Jam has a special relationship with singer Neil Young. They play ‘Rockin In The Free World’ very often on stage. Check out this video with Pearl Jam and Neil Young together.

We’ve also discussed the live performance of the band. In the early years, they were very ‘wild’ on stage. At Pinkpop 1992, Eddie Vedder did the ‘biggest stage dive ever’ during ‘Porch’.

In 2000, Pearl Jam performed at Pinkpop again. Eight years older, so a bit quieter. This is what ‘Better Man’ sounded like in 2000.


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