Here’s a nice story: Jeff Ament, the bass player for 90s grunge rock band Pearl Jam, has built skate parks for teens in 27 small towns and Indian reservations in his home state of Montana. I can imagine if you are a bored, moody 13-year-old out on the prairie, having a first class skate park to hang out at could make your life considerably better.
Back in the 1970s, skateboarders started exploiting empty swimming pools and flood control basins, then eventually got around to custom designing skate parks. It’s rather like how golf started out on sheep pastures on sand dunes, then during the 19th Century, golfers got the idea of altering the landscape for their game rather than just looking for the best holes on pre-existing land forms.
Here’s producer Rick Beato’s analysis of Pearl Jam’s hit “Jeremy:”
Beato’s Youtube videos enthusiastically explaining the music theory and production intricacies of 1970s-1990s electric guitar rock songs are some of the better things available on the Internet. Most rock critics are old English majors, so they devote a lot of time to analyzing the lyrics, but Beato mostly ignores the words and sticks to the music.