Pearl Jam. Essay

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Pearl JamVedder, Pearl Jam's lead singer, says, "I didn't ask for all this." He has millions of dollars and yet, still drives the same 1990 Toyota truck that he bought when he was working at a service station during his not so prosperous years. Vedder has led a difficult life, and has survived a hard up bringing. He worked through it and formed a million dollar band: Pearl Jam. They have made most of their money off of songs written about Vedder's past.Vedder was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, where his parents divorced before his second birthday. Up until the time he dropped out of high school he believed his stepfather to be his biological. When his biological father died from multiple sclerosis, his mother told him the truth. He then changed his name from Mueller, after his stepfather, to Vedder, his mother's maiden name."I didn't get to know my dad. I just bumped into him a couple of times." Ironically, Vedder had met his real father, he just did not know it was him. His mom decided not to tell him about it until he was thirteen. For some time after that he stayed mad at her. (Jeffrey 365)Vedder struggled through his days in school. He rarely went because of the constant verbal abuse he got from his classmates. The stress of being picked on contributed to his poor attendance record, and a hit single, Jeremy."Cleary I remember pickin on the boySeemed to harmless little Fuck Ooh, butWe unleashed a lion gnashed his teeth andBit the recess ladys Breast... how can I forgetAnd he hit me with a surprise left my jawLeft hurting Ooh dropped wide open just likeThe day oh like the day I heard." (E.Vedder)The first line is about people in school picking on him, and how the kids know that it hurts him. Then he sings about not caring what he does to people, even adults. Vedder goes on to sing about him killing himself in front of his classmates. Kids were always picking on him, and his parents neglected him so he thought that if he killed himself that would fix things. His teachers would often ask why his grades were not so good. When they did Vedder showed his teacher all the bills that he and his mother had to pay. While still trying to maintain descent grades in school. He found it to be a waste of time to go to school. Even when he could find the time to go he was miserable because the other kids would just harass him. So, he decided to drop out and help his mom pay the bills.This decision turned out to be one of his best choices. Once he was out of school he worked at a drug store. When he had to work on the night of prom he would see all the kids come in before they left. He said, "I'd be underneath some shelf putting price tags on tomato soup and I'd watch them come in...... Obnoxious with their prom outfits on, buying condoms and being loud about it. I never had all that stuff, I didn't like to see it."When he was fifteen, Vedder's mom and stepfather split up. After experiencing a long and hard childhood, he had found his comfort in music....

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