Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder - Stone Gossard - Jeff Ament - Mike McCready

Well, I have to say that musically, Pearl Jam & Eddie Vedder haven't been a big influence on me. However, in many other ways they certainly have. I've learned a lot about what to do, as well as what not to do in the music business. I'll pretty much leave it at that. Certainly my old friendship with Eddie, including being a co-worker and roomate, made its mark on me. He's an excellent example of a very driven person that has a great passion for what he wants to achieve. I've always liked the playing styles of Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and especially Mike McCready. They are the coolest guys, and I respect them tremendously as musicians and as people.

Back in 1991 when Pearl Jam was in its infancy, known as Mookie Blaylock, they were doing a short west coast club tour with Alice In Chains (by the way, RIP Layne). This was when neither band was on the map outside of Seattle. Alice In Chains was just starting to get some radio play on major market rock stations. The day of their San Diego show at the Bacchanal, we met them at Eddie's mom's house in Encinitas and drove over to the Encinitas High School football field to play some football. On one of the kick-offs, I blocked Mike really hard and his fretting index finger got jammed really bad. It was swelling up, and he was in some bad pain. He was really cool about it, and he just concentrated on how he was going to be able to play that night. That night (about 70 people or so in attendence), he wasn't able to use his finger at all, but he compensated his palying style, and you couldn't even tell. That goes to show you what a true great guitar player he really is, and was also a testiment to how cool he handled the adversity. It's been a while since I've seen Mike, but that day come's up in conversation just about every time. Certainly a good laugh.

Since this part of the site is related to musical influence, if anyone's interested, you can click on the link at the bottom to the Songwriter pages. This is actually a chapter of a book I wrote, and almost finished back in the mid-1990's. It's a book about the things that occured with Eddie prior to Pearl Jam, as well as the early years of Pearl Jam. Kind of an Eddie Vedder Bio of that particular time. Why did I write it? Well, a Rolling Stone article about Eddie came out around 1996 where they investigated his past, etc. and frankly the article really pissed me off. It seemed to me that they had an agenda to bash Eddie regarding his past. The implication was that Eddie might have been lying about having an unhappy past. Don't get me wrong, a lot of what was in that article was true, but a lot of it wasn't and a lot was taken out of perspective. They only seemed to want to focus on the negative things, and it was very unbalanced. I realized that I had a unique perspective of what went on, and could certainly give a much more balanced account. Revisionist history really pisses me off to no end. So I decided to set the record straight. I had one of the best literary agents in New York ready to shop the book, but I needed to finish up two more chapters out of around 12 total. It got to the point where I couldn't write anymore. I was 100% burnt out. I'm a lousy writer, I hate to write to begin with, and I decided to put it off indefinitely. I decided to just take a break, I never got back to it, and I'm sure I never will. Life is short, and I hate to write. Writing for this website is hard enough!! Now music, that's another story.

Here's the chapter about Eddie Vedder as a songwriter in the early years, as well as our interaction. By the way, please don't email me with crazy detailed questions, or ask me if I have anything for sale. I don't, so please don't waste your time asking. If you're a Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder fan, I'm sure you'll learn a lot of things you never knew in the following pages. I must note that before I shopped the book, I had a small group of people that were around at the time read the book to see if they had any comments or if they remembered certain things differently. I wanted it to be as accurate as possible. I don't think I ended up revising much of anything that I had origianlly written. Please excuse the crappy writing style, and lucky for you, it's a short chapter!! If you want to hear any of my music, you can click on the link below. I promise that will be much better.

The Songwriter

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