Pearl Jam Outlasts Them All

In August 2017 Spin digitized and posted an oral history of Pearl Jam from August 2001. They did that because it’s really good–the Pearl Jam guys are nothing if not honest, and they openly share painful and embarrassing memories in a way that seems alien now. In many ways the band came together from the ashes of Mother Love Bone after lead singer Andy Wood’s overdose death. That was a tough spot for San Diego surfer Eddie Vedder to step into, and when he became the face of the band (and one of the biggest stars on the planet) it led a difficult transformation within the band. Pearl Jam famously struggled with pop culture stardom and there are choice anecdotes from aging superstars like Pete Townshend and Bono about the advice they provided. And, of course, there was the “rivalry” with Nirvana and the subsequent cataclysmic suicide of Kurt Cobain. Lots of meat on this bone. Two thumbs up!

Past Ten, 8.1.17