A Pearl Jam Timeline, 1984-1992

Before Pearl Jam, there was Green River, Mother Love Bone and Mookie Blaylock, and the gas-pumping surfer dude that would connect them. Here’s a year-by-year look at the road to Pearl Jam’s debut album, “Ten,” and its immediate aftermath, when the Seattle sound went global.



Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard join forces with future Mudhoney founders Mark Arm and Steve Turner to form Green River, which integrates punk and metal in a way that presages Seattle’s ‘90s scene.

Greg Kot is the editorial director of The Coda Collection. He is also the cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio show and podcast “Sound Opinions” with Jim DeRogatis, and previously the music critic at the Chicago Tribune for 30 years. His books include acclaimed biographies of Mavis Staples (“I’ll Take You There”) and Wilco (“Learning How to Die”) and a history of the digital music revolution (“Ripped”). He also coauthored “The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Rivalry” and has written extensively for Rolling Stone, BBC Culture and Encyclopedia Britannica. When he takes off the headphones, Kot coaches in his Chicago-based youth travel basketball program (OTEhoops.com). In addition, he has coauthored two best-selling editions of the book “Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.”

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