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Eddie Vedder

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Along with Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder reluctantly became a celebrity and an alt-rock spokesman when his band, Pearl Jam, hit the big time in the early '90s. But things didn't come easy for Vedder. With a tumultuous home life as a youngster, he turned to surfing and rock music as a teenager -- most notably such classic rockers as the Who, Neil Young, and the Doors -- as well as such punk bands as the Clash and Minor Threat. His residence alternated between Chicago and San Diego, as he formed his first real band in his twenties, Bad Radio. With the band not breaking out of local status, Vedder befriended ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, who in turn gave Eddie a demo tape some of his friends had given him (in hopes of finding a singer). Vedder quickly put lyrics and vocals to the tape, and mailed it back to Seattle (it turned out the band consisted of ex-members of the Seattle-based Mother Love Bone, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament). Gossard and Ament were floored with the results, immediately inviting Vedder up to Seattle, where he soon landed the gig. Shortly after lead guitarist Mike McCready joined the band (plus a revolving door of assorted drummers), the band signed with Epic Records. Originally called Mookie Blaylock, the group changed its name to Pearl Jam, and their debut, Ten, followed in the fall of 1991. With the Seattle scene (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, et al.) exploding on the charts, airwaves, and media, Pearl Jam picked the perfect time to issue their debut, which eventually outsold all other Seattle bands, and made Pearl Jam one of the biggest groups of the '90s (other hit albums followed: Vs., Vitalogy, No Code, Yield, and Binaural). Vedder also became involved in numerous politically charged causes: his band took Ticketmaster to court over high ticket prices, he supported presidential candidate Ralph Nader and environmental causes, and was pro-choice. He also made special appearances at numerous concerts of bands he admirers (Bob Dylan's 50th B-day bash at Madison Square Garden, the Tibetan Freedom Concert, Who/Pete Townshend gigs, etc.), and played drums at live shows with the band Hovercraft (his wife's band). With his hard-hitting and often confessional lyrical style and Jim Morrison-esque baritone, Vedder also became one of the most copied lead singers in all of rock. Despite all the accolades, it wasn't until 2007 that Vedder released his first solo project, Into the Wild, the soundtrack to the Sean Penn film of the same time. Following Pearl Jam's 2009 album Backspacer and its accompanying tour, Eddie Vedder released his first non-soundtrack album, 2011's Ukulele Songs, which included a mixture of covers and originals, with Vedder singing and accompanying himself on ukulele. ~ Greg Prato
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Stations Featuring
Eddie Vedder

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    Folk

    Folk
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Albums by
Eddie Vedder

Top Songs by
Eddie Vedder

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Hard Sun
  3.   You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
  4.   Longing to Belong
  5.   Society
  6.   Without You
  7.   Tonight You Belong To Me
  8.   Can't Keep
  9.   Guaranteed
  10.   Rise
  11.   Yellow Ledbetter
  12.   Sleeping By Myself
  13.   All The Way
  14.   The Long Road
  15.   Long Nights
  16.   Setting Forth
  17.   Waving Palms
  18.   End of the Road
  19.   Better Days
  20.   Broken Heart
  21.   Far Behind
  22.   Satellite
  23.   Tuolumne
  24.   Once in a While
  25.   Photographs
  26.   Street Funky Man
  27.   Golden State
  28.   Here's to the State
  29.   The Wolf
  30.   No Ceiling
  31.   Dead Man
  32.   What
  33.   Man of the Hour
  34.   Girl from the North Country
  35.   Driftin'
  36.   You're True
  37.   Light Today
  38.   Hey Fahkah
  39.   Dream a Little Dream
  40.   Masters of War
  41.   Goodbye
  42.   Betterman
  43.   Sick O Possies
  44.   One Step Up
  45.   Crossroads
  46.   I'm Alive
  47.   Homeless
  48.   Just a Book
  49.   Believe You Me
  50.   What the Funk
  51.   Letter to William S. Burroughs and Ode to Jack Hunter S. Thompson
  52.   Answer
  53.   Skipping
  54.   Unthought Known (In Hawaii on Hill)
  55.   I'm Open
  56.   Forever Young
  57.   Sleepless Nights
  58.   No More
  59.   Around the Bend
  60.   More Than You Know
  61.   Arc
  62.   Wishlist
  63.   Ukelele Interlude
  64.   Ed Piano
  65.   Sometimes
  66.   Love Boat Captain
  67.   Trouble
  68.   Canyon Mix
  69.   The Interview Sessions:

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