Quotes by: Eddie Vedder

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Eddie Vedder
Vedder on October 22, 2006
Background information
Birth name Edward Louis Severson III
Also known as Eddie Vedder, Eddie Mueller, Jerome230, Jerome Turner, Wes C. Addle
Born (1964-12-23) December 23, 1964 (age 52)
Evanston, Illinois, US
Genres
Alternative rock[1] grunge[2] folk rock[3]
Occupation(s)
Musician singer-songwriter
Instruments
Vocals guitar harmonica ukulele mandolin bass drums percussion piano
Years active 1979–present
Labels
Universal Republic Republic Monkeywrench J Records
Associated acts
Pearl Jam Citizen Dick Glen Hansard Cat Power Bad Radio Temple of the Dog Hovercraft 7 Worlds Collide C Average Mike Watt Wellwater Conspiracy The Who Neil Young Queens of the Stone Age

Life moves fast. As much as you can learn from your history, you have to move forward.
Eddie Vedder
Music was your real passion, this thing you held dear even above family. It was this relationship that never betrayed you. Once it became your job - this thing that was highly visible, this thing that became about commerce - that's when you were holding onto music like it was a palm tree in a hurricane.
Eddie Vedder
Sometimes, whether you like it or not, people elevate you. It's real easy to fall.
Eddie Vedder
I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is things that might affect a person's day, if not their life, or change an attitude. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something.
Eddie Vedder
Our influences are who we are. It's rare that anything is an absolutely pure vision; even Daniel Johnston sounds like the Beatles. And that's the problem with the bands I'm always asked about, the ones derivative of the early Seattle sound. They don't dilute their influences enough.
Eddie Vedder
Pretty much at all times music motivates me. How can I say this without sounding in any way proud of myself? Obviously I've always written songs that are critical of our government, and talk about our times. Hopefully you attempt to be timeless while doing it.
Eddie Vedder
When I was 13, I got my first guitar, and I could sort of play Ted Nugent songs, but I couldn't play the solos. But I could play along with entire Ramones songs.
Eddie Vedder
I just think that all of us in this room should have a voice in how the USA is represented. And he don't allow us our voice, that's all I'm saying.
Eddie Vedder
You can't be perfect. You can't be the perfect father. You can't be the perfect singer.
Eddie Vedder
I'm an example of someone who never made it to university. I did have this dream to be a musician. I felt that this dream had an expiration date.
Eddie Vedder
At a certain point, you realize you have a responsibility more behind yourself and your need for adrenaline. I'm glad I did things in my 20s that were more reckless.
Eddie Vedder
I just have this deep kind of connection to reality of being like... in a way, I feel like a dock worker. I want to stay in connection with my dock-worker side, 'cause that's how I grew up.
Eddie Vedder
I am not a good enough writer to have an agenda or come up with a message and try to put it into a song. It's more like you write what comes to you... You try to reflect the mood of the songs.
Eddie Vedder
I just finished touring, and I'm on a detox thing. It's a heavy detox, so nothing in my belly except water, salt, and cayenne pepper.
Eddie Vedder
The one thing about going from the audience to the stage in just three years is that you know how it feels to be down there.
Eddie Vedder
We went from an era when rock 'n' roll meant wearing a bustier as a woman and these spandex things and guys trying to portray someone that wasn't realistic. We are trying to make it seem real... relate to our lives.
Eddie Vedder
Any conversations we hear about 'So who are Pearl Jam marketing to?' are despicable.
Eddie Vedder
Do you force your kids to pay attention to what's going on, or do you let them live their lives outside of it? My hope is that my child is a strong activist. That would make me most proud.
Eddie Vedder
I realized in the early days I just didn't edit at all. But I think you become a little more cagey with your lyrics when you know more people are going to hear them and make assumptions about you as a person. Realizing that, you want to be a little more opaque.
Eddie Vedder
No matter how good you are, at some point your kids are gonna have to create their own independence and think that Mom and Dad aren't cool, just to establish themselves. That's what adolescence is about. They're gonna go through that no matter what.
Eddie Vedder
There's been times when I've been standing in a line at a movie and someone's hit me with something really heavy about someone really close and how our music has helped them get through it. Even in our darkest moments we try and find something beautiful.
Eddie Vedder
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