Tom Harkins on The Meltdown

Pearl Jam has been nominated for the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame among the likes of 19 other artists including: Janet Jackson, Journey, Tupac, and Electric Light Orchestra. Tom Harkins, co-author chatted with Meltdown on WRIF (Detroit) to discuss Pearl Jam FAQ. Listen to the interview below.


00139507fcPearl Jam FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Seattle’s Most Enduring Band authors Thomas Edward Harkins and Bernard M. Corbett explore the entire arc of the band’s career, from their pre-Pearl Jam days to the present. Each of 30 chapters explores a different aspect of Pearl Jam’s fascinating history.

In the interview with Meltdown, To shared the chemistry of the band, who should be inducted when they get in the RNR Hall Of Fame, the battle with Ticketmaster, plus more. While Harkins said he is not the die hard fan as the co-author, he was able to share his personal touch and insight to the band and their story.

A band has a life cycle like a human and it’s a story of coming of age.

-Tom Harkins

Beyond the music, Pearl Jam FAQ takes a long look at the way Pearl Jam adapted to an ever-changing media landscape where MTV, not radio, is the major power broker. The book also addresses their battles with Ticketmaster and explores about the roots of their socio-political activism.

When asked what surprised Tom the most about the band:

I think the level of their social political activism. Their dedication to causes beyond themselves.

Pearl Jam FAQ dives into the band members’ successes, failures, and tragedies prior to joining forces, as well as their early days as Mookie Blaylock and the unusual manner in which they came up with the name finally stuck. Harkins and Corbett go inside the studio and analyze each of their albums in turn and hit the road with them as they set out to conquer Seattle, the West Coast of the United States, and then the entire world.

With a view of the band from every angle and in every context – on CD, on vinyl, on the radio, on television, on film, in videos, onstage, backstage, on the road, in the air, and at home – through the eyes of Pearl Jam enthusiasts, Pearl Jam FAQ presents a must-have text for band devotees to devour.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

Posted on November 14, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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