Look, the person I fell in love with, [modelling] happened to be her job. There were a couple days where it was like, ‘Wow, this seems contradictory.’ It had to pass a harder test than falling in love with just anyone. And it did.

Eddie Vedder, when asked whether he apologised to Jill McCormick for the lyrics of ‘Satan’s Bed’
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If you can energize people who listen to you to look into issues and understand their freedoms, that’s a really positive thing. And as artists, I think you have a responsibility.

Eddie Vedder
 

I wanted to say, before we leave. In a country, you know, you have cities in this country that are eternal. We are now in the greatest age of science, knowledge, technology and discover, the greatest days our world has ever known. And at the same time war, people’s mental health and corruption and government keep all the people from leaving in peace. And so we agree on this, and again it’s such a beautiful thing to go anywhere in the world and see this many people agree on anything (laughs). It is fucking beautiful. So thanks for letting us witness this, because it gives us the hope that as long as the sun keeps fucking burning, we won’t quit trying, trying together to make this a world where peace and joy and love and health, they all can win. We will win.

Eddie Vedder’s speech introducing Alive (Milan - June 20th, 2014)
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Yeah. That wound don’t sting anymore. The trick is, you have to learn how to tap into it. Anybody who thinks it has to be gaping to make great art, I don’t agree. The memory’s enough. Pain, it’s just too painful.

Eddie Vedder, on whether he thinks he’s healed. October, 2009.
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I’m the type of person who wakes up and asks, ‘What can I fix?’. But for a long time, if there was nothing to fix, I’d break something. So, in terms of being happy—at least I’m not breaking things on purpose anymore.

Eddie Vedder, October 2009.
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“You know if you are anti war, If your anti war it doesn’t mean you are pro one side or the other in a conflict. However it does make you pro many things We are not alone after all. Take this CNN, That’s good, that’s nice, or whomever.

“Well, so anti war make you pro many things. Pro peace, pro human, pro evolution, Makes you pro communication, pro diplomacy, pro love, pro understanding, pro forgiveness. You know some people don’t understand how you can be pro soldier. If you are anti war your pro soldier because you don’t want the soldier to be put in harms way. To sacrifice himself or herself for some reason that’s not…for no good reason. I have many, many…We have many, many friends of the group and through out our lives we’ve met incredible people and in the armed forces. We have an understanding and they listen our music and they get it so I’m not sure…You know sometimes if you speak out people are going to misunderstand and they take things a certain way or another. If you don’t speak out you don’t know..If someone doesn’t like it probably means it has some kind of meaning. It’s not just bullshit. It’s not just nothing. So this next song I always thought it was probably the most powerful song ever written. I think it is the most powerful song ever written. Which is why I have never played it. It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it. If you’d like join me or use your voices or hold a light there might be some people out there that need to know they are not alone.”

Eddie Vedder, prior to his cover of “Imagine” 7/18/14 in Portugal (via likeafisttothejaw)
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Everyone wants the same goddamn thing: to live our lives, have our children, eat, procreate, draw a painting, make some art, listen to music, fuck some more, have another baby, eat, work, eat, work, love, love, love, everyone’s the fucking same! So why are people at war?

Eddie Vedder anti-war speech during ‘Daughter’ at Milton Keynes, 11th July 2014 (via stoneygossrad)
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amadaun23:

And that’s one thing I don’t really understand. I feel like if Kurt Vonnegut, or anybody else whose art I appreciated, volunteered some personal viewpoint, whether I agreed or not, I think I’d just be curious to hear and then take it from there. I have every right to disagree. But just to say, “He shouldn’t do that” or “That’s going to keep me from reading his books.” That, I don’t relate to at all.
 I don’t understand telling any kind of artist that you don’t want their personal opinions involved.
 Eddie Vedder talks to Carrie Brownstein [Sleater-Kinney]

amadaun23:

And that’s one thing I don’t really understand. I feel like if Kurt Vonnegut, or anybody else whose art I appreciated, volunteered some personal viewpoint, whether I agreed or not, I think I’d just be curious to hear and then take it from there. I have every right to disagree. But just to say, “He shouldn’t do that” or “That’s going to keep me from reading his books.” That, I don’t relate to at all.

 I don’t understand telling any kind of artist that you don’t want their personal opinions involved.

 Eddie Vedder talks to Carrie Brownstein [Sleater-Kinney]

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