For a while, if you happened to see Eddie Vedder on the street somewhere, chances are he’d have a cheap coil-ringed notebook under his arm with the words “NOT YOURS” scrawled on the front. That notebook went with him everywhere. It contains thoughts, observations, doodles, and ideas that will eventually be transformed into Pearl Jam songs. When it’s full, he put it in a safe place and refers to it (and others like it) when he’s in need of inspiration.
Eddie is protective of his notebooks. He still remembers the time two notebooks full of ideas and lyrical fragments were stolen backstage while Pearl Jam was playing the Melody Club in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 25, 1992. He’s never really recovered from that. By the way, rumours say that photocopied pages from those notebooks turned up in New York’s East Village selling for fifty bucks a pop.
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