mookie blaylock
mookie blaylock

“Ten” (1992), the celebrated Pearl Jam debut album and cornerstone upon which we founded the nascent grunge phenomenon of those years, comes from the shirt number of New Jersey Nets point guard, Mookie Blaylock. The passion for this great defender and acrobatic player (chosen with the No. 12 in NBA Draft 1989) led Vedder and company to call the newly-formed band (late 1990) just as the talent of Garland (Texas), but after early successes and the group admission under the protective wing of Epic Records, they were forced to resign for commercial reasons. The origin of the name Pearl Jam, the band used for the first time in March 10, 1991, is still quite smoky and among all the theories about, maybe the most bizarre refers to Vedder’s grandmother peyote jam, whose name was Pearl, and she was married to a native american. “Ten” is still the most popular Pearl Jam album, by chance, in the U.S. alone has reached almost 10 million copies sold.

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