Category: Pearl Jam

A Banner Day

in my Pearl Jam universe

Thursday night, 70°F
Listening to The Rolling Stones, Let It Loose

On August 17, 2016, I made a post explaining why the words of Saint Wozniak’s tattoo were left out of my novel, State of Love & Trust. In short, his tattoo is the first stanza of the Pearl Jam song, Whipping, and therefore protected by copyright.  At the time I wrote that post, I was well into the process of attempting to  obtain permission from music publisher Hal Leonard. Based on everything I’d read while researching copyright issues, I fully expected it to be too expensive. But I had to at least ask. Those lyrics fit Saint’s reckless, hardheaded character too perfectly for me to not at least try to get them included. Continue reading

Ellie’s “Religion”

Tuesday evening, 75°F and mostly sunny
Listening to Pearl Jam Unplugged, Rockin’ in the Free World

Ellie’s story was predicated in part on the question, What would happen if a character took Pearl Jam as seriously as a religion? Pearl Jam as a religion is a funny concept, and something Eddie Vedder has even  joked around about it. Continue reading

Saint’s Whipping Tattoo

Wednesday afternoon, 81°F and partly sunny
Listening to CSNY The Loner/Cinnamon Girl/Down by the River

[UPDATE: Happily, I’ve now obtained permission to include these lyrics in the novel. Thank you, Pearl Jam and Hal Leonard.]

In the first chapter of my novel State of Love & Trust, the character Saint Wozniak peels up his Mother Love Bone tank shirt to reveal the entire first stanza of Whipping inked in a neat typewriter font on his shoulder blade. Those lyrics, which he says are his favorite, matter to the novel. Yet they are not included in anywhere in the text, and for good reason. Continue reading

Not for Everyone

Thursday night, 88°F
Listening to Nice as Fuck, Angel

I loved Pearl Jam from the first time I saw the Eddie swing from the rafters (3:41) in the Even Flow video on MTV. I’d spent the entire ’80s retreating into Led Zeppelin, Hendrix and The Who because I just couldn’t get with the whole hair metal/Spandex vibe. My reaction to this video was “that sounds like … real rock ‘n’ roll. They’ve brought it back from the dead.”

From that moment on, I was hooked. I’ve seen them live multiple times and their shows are incredible. I have a Ten Club membership, a Yield vanity plate, some framed show posters, all of their studio albums (except Riot Act, oops), too many bootlegs to count, and I don’t know how many T-shirts or pairs of Docs. Which means, as Pearl Jam fans go, I’m a total lightweight. (I’ve even shamelessly posted a popular video just now instead trying to polish my creds with something stunning, like Wash.) Continue reading

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