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Eddie Vedder

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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Eddie Vedder

  1.   Song
  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.   Yellow Ledbetter
  10.   Guaranteed
  11.   Rise
  12.   Sleeping By Myself
  13.   All The Way
  14.   No Ceiling
  15.   Long Nights
  16.   Dead Man
  17.   Waving Palms
  18.   Far Behind
  19.   The Long Road
  20.   Tuolumne
  21.   Man of the Hour
  22.   More Than You Know
  23.   Better Days
  24.   Setting Forth
  25.   Dream a Little Dream
  26.   End of the Road
  27.   Hey Fahkah
  28.   Masters of War
  29.   Betterman
  30.   Answer
  31.   What
  32.   Sleepless Nights
  33.   Satellite
  34.   Once in a While
  35.   Light Today
  36.   Broken Heart
  37.   Goodbye
  38.   Street Funky Man
  39.   One Step Up
  40.   Crossroads
  41.   I'm Alive
  42.   What the Funk
  43.   Homeless
  44.   Believe You Me
  45.   Just a Book
  46.   Unthought Known (In Hawaii on Hill)
  47.   Driftin'
  48.   Around the Bend
  49.   You're True
  50.   Photographs
  51.   No More
  52.   The Wolf
  53.   Trouble
  54.   Ed Piano
  55.   Golden State
  56.   Canyon Mix
  57.   Forever Young
  58.   Here's to the State
  59.   Arc
  60.   Letter to William S. Burroughs and Ode to Jack Hunter S. Thompson
  61.   Wishlist
  62.   Love Boat Captain
  63.   Skipping
  64.   Sick O Possies
  65.   Ukelele Interlude
  66.   Girl from the North Country
  67.   Sometimes
  68.   I'm Open
  69.   The Interview Sessions:

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