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Ongoing History Daily: Eddie Vedder’s notebooks

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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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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  • I listened to the podcast, The Last Hours of, and I can remember where I was when almost all of those artists deaths, hit the news. I think I would like a part 2 too this with Deloris from the Cranberries, Freddy Mercury, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, and Syd Barret. AnywAy I’m a casual fan keep up the great work, Jay


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