Pearl Jam are to be the official ambassadors of the 2019 Record Store Day, it has been confirmed.

Carrie Colliton, the co-founder and organiser of Record Store Day, said: “I’ve worked in and around record stores for my entire adult life and feel like I’ve grown up with Pearl Jam because of it,” in a statement. “My early, early advance copy of Ten came with me on a free-ranging trek through Europe at an impressionable age, some of my craziest and best midnight sales were for Pearl Jam albums, and any one of their songs makes me think of my favourite record store co-workers.

He added: “This Ambassadorship is a natural fit– a band that stays true to themselves and the people who love them, and a form of retail that does pretty much the same thing.”

Mike McCready, the guitarist of Pearl Jam, added: “Independent record stores are hugely important to me, and have been ever since I was 12 years-old. Before I even really knew what they were — there was a certain feeling of ‘this is a dream come true,’ and it’s a wonderland and there’s so much to learn in here… and it’s still that way.”

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