Jeff Ament

Along with guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament was a member of three of Seattle's most celebrated and admired bands of recent times -- Green River, Mother Love Bone, and Pearl Jam. Born on March 10, 1963, in Big Sandy, MT, Ament took up bass as a teenager, playing along to Clash and Police records, as well as learning a thing or two from classic rockers (Rush, Aerosmith, etc.). After relocating to Seattle hoping to fulfill his dreams of rock stardom, Ament hooked up with influential garage rockers Green River (which included singer Mark Arm, guitarist Steve Turner, drummer Alex Vincent, and Gossard). Three EPs followed -- 1985's Come on Down, 1986's Dry as a Bone, and 1988's Rehab Doll, which saw the quintet provide the blueprint for other subsequent Seattle bands that would follow in their wake -- garage rock à la the Stooges clashing with Sabbath riff rock. Even with greater success on the horizon, Green River called it a day the same year as their final release -- Arm and Turner would form Mudhoney, while Ament and Gossard began jamming with local flamboyant glam rocker Andrew Wood.

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