Which Pearl Jam Books should you have?

There are many books out there about Pearl Jam, some official from the band and others not so official. But which are the ones worth owning? Here’s a list of essential books for a Pearl Jam fan.

Pearl Jam Twenty



The book that accompanies the Cameron Crowe movie, PJ20, covers pretty much the band’s entire history. It is the most complete info you could find on Pearl Jam in one location and thus makes it a must have for any fan.

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From a Basement in Seattle: The Poster Art of Brad Klausen



Perhaps the Ames Bros book is more complete in terms of specifically Pearl Jam content, but the book to get is the one from Brad Klausen. His designs are consistently popular with fans and he adds a great dynamic to the concert poster artwork that are must haves for Pearl Jam shows. This book showcases Klausen’s work throughout the years and will look great on your bookshelf.

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Danny Clinch: Still Moving



There have been many photographic books by Pearl Jam photographers including Pearl Jam: Place/Date and 5 x 1 Pearl Jam Through the Eye of Lance Mercer. But the one that stands out the most is Danny Clinch’s Still Moving. Clinch has had an intimate access to the band through the years and combine that with his great eye for the moments results in an immaculate collection of photographs. Having Eddie Vedder on the cover always helps too.

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Pearl Jam Anthology



This is for the musician out that that wants to learn how to play Pearl Jam songs on guitar. Anthology is a collection of sheet music for almost every song every written by the band. Get it, learn it and play it.

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Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam



This is a unique photo book in that it features polaroids by a band member. Flipping through it, you will get an insight of Pearl Jam’s touring life through the the eyes of their lead guitarist Mike McCready.

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This All Encompassing Trip



And of course the book for all fans. This All Encompassing Trip is an easy read that takes you on a journey of a fan who follows Pearl Jam around the world. What better way to be a fan than to be on the road with the band and this book provides a journal of the experience.

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