Pearl Jam rose to fame in Seattle’s early ’90s alt-rock scene, fronted by grunge icon and activist Eddie Vedder. Joining Nirvana as the disaffected musical voice of Generation X, the group would become one the most popular and enduring rock bands of their time.

In honor of 2017’s World Book Day, the band shared a reading list composed of each member’s favorite book. Including work by Mikhail Bulgakov, James Baldwin and Franz Kafka, find their recommendations below. Dive into the bookshelves of other famous musicians – from David Bowie and Jim Morrison to Kurt Cobain and Rage Against The Machine – right here.

The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (also rec’d by Daniel Radcliffe, David BowieJohnny DeppPatti Smith & Salman Rushdie)

Recommended by Jeff Ament.

Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems by James Baldwin

Recommended by Eddie Vedder.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (also rec’d by Bob DylanBruce SpringsteenGabriel García Márquez, Henry Rollins, Nelson MandelaRay Bradbury & Tom Wolfe)

Recommended by Mike McCready.

Mating by Norman Rush

Recommended by Stone Gossard.

Amerika by Franz Kafka

Recommended by Matt Cameron.


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