Ocean Artist Spotlight: Pearl Jam

Jan 31 2012

I feel the need planted in me
Millions of years ago, can’t you see
The ocean’s size, defining time and tide arising
Arms laid upon me

- from the song, “Big Wave”

For over two decades, Pearl Jam has been one of the largest rock bands on the planet. Authors of such hits as “Alive,” “Daughter”,”Better Man,” and “Black”, the band has long been selling out massive venues, maintaining a devout fan base the world over. All the while, Pearl Jam has demonstrated a dedication and passion for social activism and environmental causes.

Growing up in San Diego, CA, the band’s frontman, Eddie Vedder, has always nurtured an affinity for the sea, a fact that comes across not only in the band’s music (song titles include “Big Wave,” “Oceans” and “Amongst the Waves”) but also in the causes Pearl Jam align themselves with.

They have been donors and advocates of several groups such as The Kelly Slater Foundation, The Gulf Restoration Network, Surfrider Foundation and Jack Johnson’s Kokua Hawaii Foundation, playing benefit shows and donating proceeds from ticket sales.

In April of 2011, the band was honored with the Planet Defender Award from the non-profit organization Rock the Earth, a group that works within the music industry to promote environmental awareness.

In 2007, Vedder was paired with legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton for an episode of the Sundance Channel’s documentary series Iconoclasts to discuss the bond between the ocean and music. The entire episode can be watched via youtube.

After the release of their last studio album, Backspacer, the band put together a reference website entitled “Oceans.” The site serves as an excellent guide for getting involved with various ocean-related causes, providing dozens of links to online resources.

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