1990: The Making of Pearl Jam [A TFT Mini-Book]

by Jessica Letkemann on October 18, 2010

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There is so much more to the story of how Pearl Jam formed than has ever been shared.

To uncover it, I interviewed Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell and other key players, I dug up original 1990 Pearl Jam artifacts and hunted down rare audio, I triangulated dates and gathered every fact.

To celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th Birthday, I’m proud to present the fruits of over 10 years of exhaustive original research.

Brew a pot of coffee, fire up your printer, and prepare for a long, engrossing read in unprecedented detail about the events of 1990, the year that a series of magically wild coincidences brought together the unlikely group of people that became Pearl Jam.


Discover the amazing events of 1990

  • Ed’s long-lost band with a member of Rage Against The Machine
  • The Mother Love Bone riffs that survived to become Pearl Jam classics
  • Eddie explains making “Momma-Son”
  • The true story of Ed’s TWO “first weeks” in Seattle with Mookie Blaylock in October 1990
  • Cornell talks Temple of the Dog, and Stone divulges the Pearl Jam fan-favorite that almost had lyrics by Cornell
  • Stone, Jeff, and Eddie recalling the first show, first song, and first weeks
  • Much, much more

Get Your Free Print Copy

Sure, you can print and read the whole PDF above. But here at TwoFeetThick.com, our print fanzine roots run deep. So if you would like a magazine-style limited edition version of my opus, “Music For Rhinos – 1990: The Making of Pearl Jam,” we will gladly send out free copies to the first 50 fans who ask.

For a printed copy, Contact us with “Music For Rhinos” in the subject, and be sure to include your mailing address in the message. The offer is now closed. The response has been amazing. We got 50 requests for the print version in the first HOUR after posting this, and they have flooded in by the hundreds since then. So by popular demand, we’ll be sending out print copies to the first 300 of you who requested them. We’ll send an email when it’s on its way to you. Thank you everyone for reading! -Jessica

UPDATE 11/10/2010: The first batch of the print copies are in the mail to those who requested them. I am emailing each person right after I mail each one, so you will know yours is coming. I will be sending more batches in the coming days so stay tuned and thanks again. -Jessica

Jessica Letkemann ( Twitter: @Letkemann )
TFT co-editor Jessica Letkemann is a New York based music journalist who is currently the managing editor of Billboard.com. She has been previously been on staff at Spin and Premiere magazines. Her first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 2, 1992.

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Manav Parekh October 23, 2010 at 6:30 am

Would love a printed copy. Where should I mail my address?

Steve October 24, 2010 at 7:19 am

this is incredible. thank you very much for putting your time and effort into this. it is very much appreciated. you rock!!!

Philip October 25, 2010 at 3:19 am

Ok You Rock. That book is cool. and it rocks to see someone sooo into Peal Jam. Not enough people down this way into them like I am.

Rebecca October 27, 2010 at 2:59 am

Is the free copy still available? Would love one :)

Dustin M Pardue October 27, 2010 at 4:55 am

Thanks for the free pdf! Can’t wait to read this.

Rafael Cordero October 27, 2010 at 8:22 am

If you have one copy to spare … ? Would really love one!

Greg B October 29, 2010 at 12:31 am

Probably too late, but I would love a copy! Congrats on completing this project!

Boyd November 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Would love a magazine if any left.

Robbyn November 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Is it too late to request one for my library?

Albert November 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

I hadn’t checked the site in a couple of weeks? Any magazines left? I would love a copy.


Angel Bigelow November 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Excellent reading!! Would love love love a magazine copy!!

mark b November 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

thanks for the update! i guess i wasn’t in the top 50, but my fingers are still crossed that i’m under 300. :) it’s really awesome work. kudos.

T.J. November 14, 2010 at 10:22 am

Well done – cheers for taking the time & expending the effort to put this together for us all Jessica!!!

Ibby November 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Jessica- thank you than you thank YOU! i hope that i’m one of the lucky 300 or below….if not, that’s what I get for not checking TFT every day… what an awesome gift to the fans. i’m psyched to read it either way.

YoullseeDragons November 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Jessica-I got my print copy in the mail. THANK YOU! I had to read it again, I think it was better the 2nd time. GREAT JOB!

Violetpsyche November 18, 2010 at 5:30 am

I couldn’t stop reading this, even though trying to do so on a mini netbook whilst wrangling a cross toddler made that a bit of a challenge. I am astounded at the work that’s gone into this and truly impressed that this is something you are offering us fans for free – how likely is that these days? This seems a much better written and more thoroughly researched piece than anything that’s been produced (for sale, no less) before. If I wore a hat, I would take it off to you.

guypjfreak November 18, 2010 at 6:21 am

im not sure if im to late but i would really appreciate a copy of this thank you so much .

carl lore November 18, 2010 at 6:44 am

i’m sure i missed out on this. but i woulda loved one of those

Lov2rok2pj November 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

If you have any that fell between the seat cushions,I missed out on the first 50,so never
left any info,because I thought it was over. Should have left my info back then,anyway.

Ryan November 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm

!!!! FAnTAstIc JoB, Jessica Letkemann !!!

I finally got to sit down and read this Saturday night. Really a great read. It filled out the story we’ve always known with so much more color and depth. I watched a 92 video later on and, truly, I had a better understanding of the guys on stage and their stories. I enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks!

and for those who didn’t get a mail copy, dont worry… just follow the print out instructions and diy! it will be just as great an experiance..

ridley November 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm

@Ryan, where are these print out instructions of which you speak?

Yuri December 10, 2010 at 4:46 am

Very cool to read all of this! I love the fact that Mother Love Bone played an early version of Alive! I hope those recordings turn up sometime! Thanks for the wonderful research!

I have started a little blog myself some time ago, that I need to pick up again. It deals mainly with the early Pearl Jam days as well. I intend to work it all out eventually,edit it, and put it on a pearl jam named blogsite.


Dan Williams December 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm

What happened to the first 20 or so people who requested a print copy after emailing you guys when you were on the AET radio show? I emailed you immediately but never got a response :(

John Reynolds December 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

@Dan … Jessica’s going through them. She’s sent out 200 already and we’ve gotten 500+ responses

keitherMAN January 9, 2011 at 2:41 am

Shoot…sounds like I’m too late…but would be willing to pay some $$$ if need be…cheers…k

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