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Pearl Jam has shown more staying power than most of the Seattle bands who were all the rage some years back. Nirvana is long gone, Soundgarden is no more, but Eddie Vedder and company just keep rolling on. Perhaps their relative longevity is due to the band's concerted effort to break the rules of rock stardom.
They refused to release a single or create a video to promote their second album, "Vs." (it still reached the No. 1 spot on the charts). They canceled a tour in 1994 because, they claimed, Ticketmaster was pressuring promoters to charge too high a price for admission and the band was intent upon keeping ticket prices under $20. The band even took Ticketmaster to court, charging them with unfair business practices.
This refusal to play by the rules -- or to rest on their musical laurels -- has fostered an extreme sense of loyalty on the part of the band's audience. A new Pearl Jam record may not debut at the top of the charts anymore, but the band's core audience is as fervently devoted as ever.
Pearl Jam: Place/Date is the first authorized book to be produced with the full cooperation of the band. Photographers Charles Peterson and Lance Mercer were granted unlimited access as they followed the band from concerts to jam sessions to hotel rooms to tour buses, in the process capturing the essence of the band's life on the road.
Pearl Jam: Place/Date was originally made available only to members of Pearl Jam's fan club, but it was so well received that it now is available to the general public. Pearl Jam: Place/Date is an entertainingbehind-the-scenes look at life on the rock-'n'-roll highway.