Q Magazine Pearl Jam Feature

by Kathy Davis on August 4, 2009

As a long, long time collector of UK music magazine Q, I can tell you I appreciate the publications  music-geek style reporting…and they often have pictures rarely seen elsewhere.   That said, I’m out of my tree with glee that the September 2009 issue of Q has a Pearl Jam feature called “Last Men Standing” that is sure to be a must for any PJ Collector.  I get mine from my local record shop, but it’s also at Borders and Barnes & Noble in the U.S.

The writer met with the band at the warehouse, and spoke to them May 19th of this year on their “turf”.   The photos are stunning – seeing the lads in their environment is sublime.  Photo highlights: mini portrait surfboards, boxes of capos, harmonicas, picks, shakers, monkeys and a photo of Andy Wood.  Not to mention an Elton John pinball machine!  We’ll all doubtless be dissecting  every label on every box on every shelf for a long time to come.  (Should I have just typed that? They’ll never allow photos of the place again!) And not to be too much of a PJ trivia geek -wait, what am I saying? – but at least to clarify, I think the writer misheard…I believe Stone’s dog is named Basie (as in Count Basie), not Bessie.  Anyone?

And further, the writer mistakenly calls the fan-run Wishlist Foundation the band’s charitable organization; Pearl Jam’s charitible foundation is the Vitalogy Foundation.  Still – a fab article.

Quote from Ed, regarding the depths of his voice:  “Well, I do my best to channel but I smoke like a chimney and drink like I’ve got a faucet over my head. It’s like Yeah, I can do this thing, but watch this! I’ll make it even harder and still do it.” And he shows the interviewer picture of his girls Olivia and Harper, which the writer describes in detail. ARGH!

Until you get your very own copy,  here are scans of the entire feature-with great thanks to Randall from the Bugs Mailing List, via Dennis.  Go buy a copy though to have one for the archives.  You know you want to.

UPDATE: In my haste to post this great thing, I didn’t make it clear that yes, this is the entire article and the missing text from the bottom of the last page of the article (our scan is bent) reads:

“He said, Each of our records is a racehorse that we’ve trained and groomed. When we enter it into a race we want it to win. And I said, Our records are horses, too, and we also train and groom them. The difference is,” Vedder concludes, a beautific smile on his face, “I want ours to run free in a field”.

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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