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Eddie Vedder Biography

Birth Name:
Edward Louis Severson III
Birth Place:
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Profession
Musician

Fast Facts

  • Lived with seven younger foster siblings while growing up in Illinois
  • Moved to San Diego in the mid-'70s
  • Changed name to Vedder, his mother's maiden name, after learning his father is actually his stepfather
  • Earned GED in early '80s and briefly attended community college outside Chicago
  • Sang in the band Indian Style, which included future Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk
  • Sang vocals on "Hunger Strike," a song on the eponymous (and only) album from Temple of the Dog, a band that featured Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament (formerly of Mother Love Bone), Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron, and guitarist Mike McCready
  • Reteamed with Gossard, Ament and McCready to form Pearl Jam in 1990, Dave Kruson was brought in as the drummer
  • Released first album, Ten, in August 1991; it eventually sold 12 million copies
  • After Kurt Cobain, was the most identifiable figure of the Seattle music scene of the 1990s, a distinction---along with the accompanying rock-star label---he stridently attempted to quash
  • Developed a dislike for the practices of Ticketmaster and began a lengthy feud with the company by refusing to play at venues where Ticketmaster promoted shows and sold tickets
  • Appeared on albums with The Who, Neil Young and The Ramones

Awards

  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated

Relationships

  • Harper Moon Margaret Vedder -- Daughter
  • Olivia Vedder -- Daughter
  • Beth Leibling -- Ex-wife
  • Jill McCormick -- Wife