It’s true: Pearl Jam paid tribute to the pioneers of Italian hardcore, who formed nearby Reggio Emilia over 40 years ago.
The font used to write Pearl Jam on the pin designed for the group’s recent concert in Imola is the one created in 1981 by the Codeluppi brothers’ Raw Power.
It is no coincidence, as not only Jeff Ament is a huge Raw Power fan (which he saw in Columbus, Ohio, in 1985) but also the city in which the group was formed in 1981 (Poviglio, Reggio Emilia) is just over 100 km from Imola, where Pearl Jam played the only Italian concert of the 2022 tour.
There is also another fact that links Raw Power to Pearl Jam: the Studio Litho, where the hardcore band recorded their album Resuscitate in 2009, (produced by Floyd Reitsma and released in 2010) is owned by Stone Gossard.
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. Since 2022, he is behind 2 podcasts: “Pearl Jam dalla A alla Z” and “Fuori Orario Not Another Podcast”. He has collaborated with Barracuda Style, HvsR, Rolling Stone, Rockol 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, Springsteen, IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Mark Lanegan, Cat Power