Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recommended Reading - 5 Against 1

1998 was a massive year for Pearl Jam they released their stellar record, Yield and went on to have one of the most successful tours of that year. That same year, author Kim Neely released the first authorized Pearl Jam biography. Unlike last years PJ20 book which celebrated a massive timeline of the bands history, Five Against One dives deep into the personal lives of the bands root members - Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Jeff Ahmet and Stone Gossard. While we all find out who these men are, it was one of the first times that Vedder's life story was told, the normally elusive frontman's fans now had insight into how he became the man he is today. While going into who the men are, it of course talks about Pearl Jam's formation, their dispute with Ticketmaster and made up beef the band allegedly had with Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. This is a fantastic book about a fantastic band and even though the band have released their own authorized stories, this is still the best.