Synopses & Reviews
The first official book done in association with the media-shy band that redefined the musical sound of the 1990s, Pearl Jam: Place/Date captures the raw intensity, behind-the-scenes comraderie, and devoted fan phenomenon of today's most unconventional supergroup. Having sold over 30 million albums since its triumphant 1991 debut 10, Pearl Jam brought the hard-edged, estranged and oftentimes angry sound of Seattle to the musical forefront. They pioneered a movement in music and culture that quickly became known as grunge. Imitators followed, and the band could have quickly lost touch with its fans and unpretentious ideals and become simply a money-making celebrity group. Instead, Eddie Vedder and the members of Pearl Jam took on the establishment: challenging Ticketmaster's control over concert venues and ticket prices and refusing media any access to the band--even through music videos--during the peak of their success. Pearl Jam's disappearance from media and from traditional touring has intensified the loyalty of its fans and has refocused the band's attention on its original musical center. Despite the lack of advertising and recent shifts in musical trends, Pearl Jam concerts repeatedly sell out within hours for the hundreds of thousands who remain devoted to a group that continues to uphold its musical and political integrity. Allowed access to the concerts, jam sessions, and private moments of Pearl Jam's members, photographers Charles Peterson and Lance Mercer provide a heretofore unseen record of the Pearl Jam experience for new and diehard fans alike.
The official record of the Pearl Jam experience.
About the Author
has been documenting the Seattle music scene since the early 1980s where his photos have helped define the image of bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney. His work, featured in magazines around the world, can also be seen in the feature film Hype
and in his own book, Screaming Life: A Chronicle of the Seattle Music Scene.
He lives in San Francisco with his dog Barkley.
Lance Mercer, a Seattle native, has been working as a professional photographer since 1985. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Guitar World, and Musician. He has also directed music videos for the Indigo Girls, For Squirrels, and K's Choice. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Robyn, and their three daughters, Emma, Mackenzie, and Evan.