Of Potato Heads And Polaroids: My Life Inside And Out Of Pearl Jam review

PearlJam man opens up his photo album

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To paraphrase novelist F Scott Fitzgerald, the rich are different from you and I. The same could be said about rock stars, especially ones who’ve grown up in public in one of the biggest bands of the past 30 years.

Pearl Jam do things their own way: shunning publicity, taking on ticket touts, keeping their side projects thriving. Not least guitarist Mike McCready, who when not working with Temple Of The Dog or Mad Season or acting as a TV and film composer has spent his time haunting stage sets, venues and chat shows with his camera and (occasionally) Mr Potato Head in hand.

The photographs included in this book are a series of ruddy selfies, portraits and landscapes in Polaroid form: Jimmy Page, a young Pearl Jam, Sting, Neil Young, Venus Williams, Chris Cornell with the aforementioned Mr Potato Head balanced on his baseball cap. What’s remarkable is just how unremarkable it is; a life less ordinary caught in pocket-sized frames, burning out and curling at the edges.