Ten facts celebrating re-release of Pearl Jam’s classic first recording

(From Vancouver Sun [www_vancouversun_com] )

Pearl Jam's inaugural recording sold 12 million copies. Photograph by: Handout, Files

Pearl Jam’s Ten was a slow starter, floundering on the U.S. sales charts before it finally exploded one day shy of its first birthday. The steady pace eventually paid off for Pearl Jam, whose debut permanently altered rock ‘n’ roll. On Tuesday, (March 24), Ten is being re-released, 18 years after it’s debut. It’s sold a remarkable 12 million copies, making it not only one of the most successful debuts in history, but also one of the biggest alternative rock albums.

There are many stories surrounding the album, including Victoria at the outset of the band’s career.

Read further to discover 10 stories behind Ten.

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If Kurt were around today he’d say to me ‘well you turned out OK’

PEARL JAM – TEN (Reissue)

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A FEW miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the district of Georgetown is a huge converted warehouse in an anonymous industrial neighbourhood.

It looks an unlikely location for a world-famous band, but for any Pearl Jam fan walking inside, it’s like entering Aladdin’s cave.

It’s the band’s HQ, rehearsal space and merchandise hub and impressively has all the stage sets, band memorabilia and instruments used throughout their 19-year history.

And the full guided tour offers more treats. The late Johnny Ramone’s baseball card and photo collection — he and singer Eddie Vedder were close friends — is on show near a skateboard ramp and an enormous baseball cage plus pitching machine.

Fatherly demands ... Vedder tells how he juggles the band and parenthood

Polaroid photos on display show Kings Of Leon in full baseball gear, ready to take a hit as a ball is spat out at 50mph.

Upstairs in the warehouse apartment — a place to crash if rehearsals extend into the night — Eddie is celebrating.

We meet on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration and for Eddie, who was so central to the Vote For Change campaign, which urged people to choose John Kerry over George Bush in the 2004 presidential election campaign, it’s an extra special day.

“Let’s not even have his face anywhere on show,” he says with a beaming smile, as he turns over a copy of Rolling Stone magazine which features Bush glaring out from the cover.

“I’ve just watched him fly off to Texas on television. Finally we have got rid of him. I don’t ever want to see him again.”

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SONG FOR GAZA “We will not go down” song by Michael Heart

Download and donate…

(from: http://michaelheart.com/Song_for_Gaza.html)

SONG FOR GAZA

“We will not go down”

Dear friends,

I have been overwhelmed by the warmth and the friendship you have all given me in response to my song for Gaza, “We Will Not Go Down”. I am doing my best to go through your numerous messages, emails and comments, and ask you to kindly bear with me until I am able to do so. Please forgive me if I am not able to respond to each and everyone of you; but please also know that I really appreciate your messages.

My original intention to donate proceeds from the sale of the MP3 to charity has been complicated by technical matters; therefore, I have decided to make the song available free of charge. I would like to request that after downloading the song from this page, you kindly donate directly to a charity or an organization dedicated to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people. Worthy of note is UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), which has been helping Palestinian refugees since their dispossession in 1949. Please click here to donate through them: http://www.un.org/unrwa/

Thank you for your continued encouragement of my work as a musician, for your purchases of my CD, and for spreading the song, the video and the message as you have been doing. I am grateful for every demonstration of support I have received from you, and for every thought and prayer that has gone to the people of Gaza.

Sincerely,

Michael Heart

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Big Albums in 2009

(Excerpts from this blog article)

In the coming year, there is also much to look forward to on the recording front, including major releases by U2, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.

In one of the biggest album rollouts in memory, U2 is making its upcoming “No Line on the Horizon” available in five versions, among them a $96 box set with 60-page hardcover book, as well as a poster and DVD of the new Anton Corbijn film about U2.

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U2 (members Bono, left, and The Edge are pictured) is making its upcoming “No Line on the Horizon” album available in five versions.

Also available the first week of March are a standard CD, a double-vinyl package, a digi-pack version in folded sleeve (with 36-page booklet, poster and the Corbijn film as a download; $35.98), and a magazine version (with a CD enclosed in a 60-page, soft-cover magazine-style book and downloadable Corbijn film; $49.98).

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Eddie Vedder to perform at Toronto Film Festival

Eddie Vedder & Tomas YoungDulu pernah dibahas EV bikin lagu soundtrack untuk film dokumenter “Body of War” (tentang serdadu perang Irak yang lumpuh, namanya Tomas Young), judulnya “No More” & “Long Nights”. Lagu “No More” dibawain PJ EV di Lollapalooza, bareng Ben Harper. EV juga akan perform lagu tersebut di Premier film “Body of War” di Toronto Film Festival (cuplikan artikel di bawah; dari sini). Di website “Body of War” ada video wawancara percakapan EV dan Tomas Young , klik di link yang ada. Trailer “Body of War.

BTW Tomas Young kok mirip Matt Cameron ya? salam Jammers! *semogaguecepetnontonPJintheflesh!*

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