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Pearl Jam Biography

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Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, and is considered one of the most influential artists of the 1990s. Founded in 1990, Pearl Jam was one of the "Big Four" bands of the grunge movement, alongside Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. They are one of the few bands to lead the breakthrough of alternative rock in the early 1990s that remain active today.

In an early promotional interview Eddie Vedder claimed that the name "Pearl Jam" was a reference to his great-grandmother Pearl, who was married to a Native American man and had a special recipe for peyote-laced jam. This story seems to have been invented by Vedder as a joke. Another theory put forward in Kim Neely's band history Five Against One holds that one of the band members really wanted "pearl" in the new name, and jamming is a common activity done by musicians. In a Rolling Stone cover story, Ament and McCready admitted that Ament came up with "Pearl". "Jam" was added after the band members saw Neil Young live:

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