Ongoing History Daily: Give Eddie a call

Eddie Vedder has always tended to do things a little differently–and back in the early days of the band, he tried to be really different. This was back when Pearl Jam were very much about being a “band of the people.”

On October 18, 1993, he gave out his phone number during an internationally syndicated radio show. For the next ten days, he spent about 3 hours a day taking calls from fans who would often get to hear Eddie sing weird little songs like “Don’t Pick Up that Fork.” That phone number was disconnected just before Halloween 1993—but many people were shocked to find themselves talking to Eddie during that ten-day stretch.

Can you imagine him (or anyone, for that matter) doing that today?

Tuesday’s Ongoing History Daily post was on Beastie Boys Square in NYC.

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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