Pearl Jam bassist shared some memories on the 50th anniversary of Blue, the classic Joni Mitchell’s album.
“In the early roommate days of PJ, Ed and I listened to a few tapes over and over, Rickie Lee Jones/Pirates, Fugazi/Steady Diet, Waterboys/This Is The Sea, Last Temptation of Christ, Eno/Discreet Music and a few others; but, the record we listened to most was Joni Mitchell’s Blue. I know, for me, it made me feel less homesick. Joni was born and raised just over the border in Alberta and Saskatchewan from my north central Montana home, and everything she sang about I could visualize and feel. In the summer of 1993, we took the same plane between two Canadian cities and she sat across the aisle from me. I reached into my backpack and put in a copy of Blue into my Walkman and couldn’t believe the angel from these songs was a real human sitting across from me. I wish I had a river that I could skate away on.”
– Jeff Ament
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Born in Reggio Emilia in 1980. He created pearljamonline.it in 2001 and wrote the first edition of “Pearl Jam Evolution” in 2009 along with his wife Daria. He is collaborating with barracudastyle.com, hvsr.net and rockol.it, he has collaborated with Rolling Stone and Il Fatto Quotidiano. He continues relentlessly to try to find “beautiful melodies that say terrible things”.
Favorite song: Present Tense
Favorite album: No Code
Favorite bands/artists other than PJ: Tom Waits, Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, Fontaines D.C., IDLES, Mark Lanegan, Cat Power