Classic Rock Magazine: 30 Years of Pearl Jam, and the Seven Weeks That Saved Rock

Thirty years later, the story of Pearl Jam is one of fame, fortune, struggling to stay in control of one’s career, destiny and integrity, and having to suffer more than its fair share of tragedy. It’s a story we tell in the new issue of Classic rock. “We have always looked out for each other,” says Eddie Vedder. That’s what kept them going.

Also in this issue: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready looks back on the band’s classic debut album Ten.

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The seven weeks that changed rock
The ’80s weren’t dead and the’ 90s hadn’t really started. It’s the story of how seven weeks in the summer of 1991 belonged to rock (and not just grunge). Including …

With the Black Album, the group that reinvented heavy metal reinvented itself.

You’re here
Done with impending mental health issues, Psychotic supper was their peak before they started a descent.

Ozzy Osbourne
By the end of the 1980s he was in tatters. In 1991 he was back, sober and in good shape, with Stop crying.

Guns N ‘Roses
Following his beginnings is never easy. Especially when it’s one of the greatest debuts of all time.

Sound garden
With a flair for songwriting and finally successful sound, with Badmotorfinger they delivered a masterpiece.

Everett True remembers being present in the creation of a game-changing album that is now truly iconic: no matter.

A collaboration between Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and The Alarm frontman Mike Peters when their main groups are inactive is a labor of love rather than a “supergroup”.

Mdou Moctar
With his Eddie Van Halen-inspired guitar mastery and a socio-political theme, his new album looks set to take him out of Africa and onto the world stage.

After the departure of Peter Gabriel in 1975, they grew bigger. When Steve Hackett left two years later, could they survive that second loss? In our exclusive book excerpt, Collins, Rutherford, Banks and Hackett share how they once again triumphed in the face of adversity.

Peter the Ravens
Considering the musical talent on board and Led Zep’s manager behind them, they should have been a success. Instead, it is a tragic death and unrealized potential.

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The regulars

The Stories Behind the Songs: Wishbone Ash
With a riff claimed by the two guitarists of the group and lyrics inspired by a summer romance, Free breath became Ash’s signature song and a rock classic.

Q&A: Dennis DeYoung
The former Styx frontman on his bow, his new album, and the disappointment of no last Styx reunion tour.

Six things you should know about… Gojira
French metallurgists on their spooky house, the influence of Mike Oldfield and inspiring people to change the world.

The hot list
We take a look at the essential new rock tracks you need to hear and which artists to have on your radar. This month they include The Tea Party, The Sheepdogs, Lovebreakers, Steven Wilson, Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves and more …

New albums from Toto, Weezer, Styx, Gilby Clarke, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Stoner, Counting Crows, Earl Slick, Chrissie Hynde, Buckcherry,… Reissues from Motörhead, Def Leppard, Dr. Feelgood, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers , Alice Cooper, Kiss, Ash, The Clash, High Flying Birds by Noel Gallagher… DVDs, films and books on the Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, Jim Morrison, punk… Live reviews of Lockdown on Electric Boys, Nighwish, Cradle Of Filth…

Buying guide: Tonnerre
British rockers have rarely lived up to the challenge in their 30-plus-year recording career. We take a closer look.

Concert announcements
Find out who is playing where and when.

The Soundtrack of My Life: Dee Snider
Twisted Sister singer, radio host and actor on the records, artists and concerts of lasting significance to him.


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