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Pearl Jam: Overcoming Partner’s Death

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Pearl Jam is a rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. Their music belongs to the grunge style that became popular in the 1990s, and even the name of the band – Pearl Jam – is greatly tied to the grunge movement. The current members of the band are Eddie Vedder (Lead vocals and guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar), Jeff Ament (bass guitar), Mike McCready (lead guitar) and Matt Cameron (drums).

The roots of Pearl Jam can be found in the first grunge band: Green River, founded in 1983, composed of Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mark Arm and Steve Turner and disbanded in 1987. The next year, the ex-members of Green River established a new band Mother Love Bone with Andrew Wood as vocalist. Although they released an album (Aple) in 1990, the sudden death of Andrew Wood due to a heroin overdose resulted in the disintegration of the band that year.

In that way, Pearl Jam was formed from the ashes of Mother Love Bone. They released their debut album Ten in 1991 and become, from that moment, a key member of the grudge musical movement along with Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Nirvana. The subject matter of Ten had to do with dark issues: murder, suicide, depression and loneliness. "Jeremy", “Alive” and “Even Flow” were the greatest hits of the album. Other successful albums follow the success achieved by Ten: Vs (1993), Vitalogy (1994). Other successful albums of this band are Yield (1998), Binaural (2000), Riot Act (2002) and Pearl Jam (2006).

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