||In this biography of Pearl Jam, Rolling Stone reporter Kim Neely offers an intriguing portrait of Eddie Vedder, providing an intimate view of his childhood in Chicago and showing how he evolved into one of Seattle's biggest grunge pioneers. She also discusses Vedder's anti-celebrity image, as he breaks the rules of America's corporate music industry by living in seclusion, attempting to launch a Ticketmaster-less tour, and refusing to insult fans with catchy tunes that lack emotional significance.
||More than any other band, Pearl Jam embodies the alternative style that dominates rock today. From their early days as fame-ducking grunge pioneers, through their headline-making battle with Ticketmaster, to their current status as self-assured survivors, Five Against One brings to life Pearl Jam's tumultuous ascent to superstardom in rich detail. A compelling portrait of the band's elusive leader Eddie Vedder and family photos never seen before by the public make this a must-have for every Pearl Jam fan.
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||From a veteran Rolling Stone writer comes the definitive biography of one of the world's most popular and enigmatic bands--from their early days as fame-ducking grunge pioneers, to their headline-making battle with Ticketmaster, to their current status as self-assured survivors. At the core of the book is a compelling portrait of the band's reclusive leader Eddie Vedder, including family photos never seen before by the public.
||The 1980s rise of one of the most influential bands of the grunge era, Seattle's Pearl Jam, paralleled the resurgence of that city's music scene. The band's phenomenally successful combination of elements of grunge with a commercial sheen, first heard on their debut album, TEN (1991), was seen as something of a sellout by some of their contemporaries, including a censorious Kurt Cobain. However the band later commendably made a principled, if ultimately unsuccessful stand against the conglomerate Ticketmaster's monopoly on concert ticket sales; it also consistently avoided playing giant stadiums in favor of smaller, more intimate venues. Pearl Jam's music and career is entertainingly and informatively examined in FIVE AGAINST ONE, Rolling Stone writer Kim Neely's well-researched biography, which recounts the origins and growing pains of one of the most successful rock acts of the 1990s, including its members' often rocky transitions from popular local heroes to internationally successful rock stars. Her breezily readable prose expertly navigates the complex twists and turns of the band's story, from its punk rock origins to its 1994 testimony before a congressional committee.
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||Traces the rise of the rock band Pearl Jam to the top of the burgeoning Seattle music scene and on to superstardom, focusing on the band's confrontational singer, Eddie Vedder