Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Pearl Jam

Depending upon your Pearl Jam IQ, here are ten things you might not know about the band.

1) Eddie Vedder was born Edward Louis Stevenson III, but changed to his mother’s maiden name Vedder after his parents divorced.

2) When Vedder was a teenager he moved to California. Before that he lived in Evanston, Illinois.

3) The band was named after Vedder’s grandmother, Pearl, and from watching Neil Young when he jammed one song for 20 minutes.

4) If you see the name “Jerome Turner” on Pearl Jam records, that’s Vedder who does art and design-work under the pseudonym.

5) Worldwide sales for Pearl Jam records have topped over 60 million.

6) Politically active, Pearl Jam musicians are members of Rock the Vote and Vote for Change organizations.

7) Before Kurt Cobain died, he and Vedder reconciled their artistic differences over the value of alternative music
8) The Pearl Jam song, “Man of the Hour,” was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

9) Before Pearl Jam, the band went by Temple of the Dog and Mookie Blaylock.

10) The song “Jeremy” is inspired by the story of a 15-year-old boy, who shot himself in front of his classmates.

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