Songbook: KEXP’s Music & Literature Series

Tuesday, May 30th | Doors: 5:30 PM | Event: 6:30 PM

in the KEXP Gathering Space

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Ever since the legendary band Pearl Jam was first created, its lead guitarist, Mike McCready, could always be counted on to have his trusty Polaroid camera at his side. He went on to document years of touring, meeting scores of his heroes, spending time with friends, experiencing art, nature, and architecture. On Tuesday, May 30th, we’ll celebrate the collection of inspiring moments and experiences with the release of Mike’s new book Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam in a very special KEXP Songbook Series event. Mike will join KEXP DJ Kevin Cole on stage to present his new book, talk about his obsession with the Polaroid camera, and give behind the scenes stories about some of his favorite pictures.

616p4x5SbMLOf Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam documents years of touring and travels as McCready snaps meetings with inspirations from all walks of life; time spent with friends and family; and moments featuring wildly artistic takes on art, nature, and architecture from around the world. And true to form for one not taking things too seriously, Mike sometimes had his pal, Mr. Potato Head, pop in and share in the fun.

With intimate images of not only his Pearl Jam bandmates behind the scenes at venues, jamming together in someone’s living room, or taking it easy at the beach, Mike also captures an eclectic mix of athletes, musicians, and celebrities including an elated Venus Williams, and a goofy Jimmy Fallon among many other stars. Mike also trained his lens from the stage at countless Pearl Jam concerts and photographed legions of adoring and jubilant fans.

Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam is officially out May 30th via powerHouse Books. Elliott Bay Book Company will be on site at the event with copies for sale. Please join us for this FREE, All Ages event in the KEXP Gathering Space!

Please note the following guidelines for this event:
• Please enter from the 1st Ave entrance on the west side of the building
• Only one book per person to be signed
• No other memorabilia items will be signed
• No photos during the signing, please
• Space is limited, please RSVP in advance; RSVP guest entry will be cut off at 6:20 PM on the night of the event to allow for stand-by entry

613m+cd7SALAbout the Author:
Mike McCready is the lead guitarist for, and one of the founding members of, rock band Pearl Jam. He is also a member of side-project bands Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, and The Rockfords. In addition to Pearl Jam, McCready currently plays with friends in Flight to Mars, a UFO tribute band which does charity events. When not performing live, McCready scores TV and film projects which have included The Glamour & the Squalor, Shameless, Fat Kid Rules the World, Hawaii Five-O, Fringe, and The Westsiders.


KEXP is located at 472 1st Avenue North (at the corner of Republican).
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Made possible in part by:

4/20/17: Damon Krukowski and The New Analog
• 10/28/16: Lol Tolhurst of The Cure presents Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys
• 10/14/16: Taste of Iceland: Literature
• 7/20/16: Trouble Boys: the True Story of The Replacements with author Bob Mehr and former Replacements manager Peter Jesperson

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