Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam’s concert posters have long been a hot commodity on the open market. And if you can’t afford the prices some people are paying (and have paid) for these posters on places like eBay and other websites, then fear no more—Pearl Jam vs Ames Bros: 13 Years of Tour Posters should satisfy your appetite.

Currently available from the band’s website, or the Ames Bros website, the book is a chronology of Pearl Jam’s popular concert posters from 1995 to 2007. The 264-page hard cover book features a total of 229 posters, most of them designed by Ames Bros, but also some from Pearl Jam artist Brad Klausen. Included are individual comments on the posters from all five members of the band, and a running commentary from the poster designers themselves, who offer their insight into the inspiration, concepts and creation of each poster.

Ames Bros was a company started by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and his brother Barry. Jeff, who also wrote the book’s forward, was a graphic design student before fully committing himself to his musical aspirations. An interview with Jeff and Barry offers a glimpse into their pre-Pearl Jam life in a very small town in Montana, as well as insights into their artistic collaborations and professional working relationship.

The book is available in two formats: the standard version is $50, but diehard fans will certainly love the limited edition, signed and numbered versions that go for $200. These gems will feature a certificate of authenticity, 32 bonus pages with 250-plus sketches and notes taken from the artists’ sketchbooks, eight mylar overlays offering a glimpse into the process behind two featured posters, and three silk-screened arts prints from three of the artists.