Pearl Jam and the Devil Within: An Essay

On Tuesday, September 28, I went to a Pearl Jam concert in that hideous refuge of corporate advertisement that is the Fleet Center. I hate the Fleet, not only because it represents corporate supremacy over communal space, but also because, honestly, the acoustics are just terrible. Once upon a time I was a huge Pearl Jam fan, back when I first moved to Texas for college and decided to make my political stance. Those were the days when I connected with Pearl Jam’s anger in trying to express frustration over the flaws and injustice of a system run by the self-serving powerful and their ignorant zealots. But my anger subsided and so did my love for Pearl Jam. My activism didn’t wane and finally found its home in three years of activism with Amnesty International, where I did my humble share of demonstrations and public education.

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