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Stone Gossard

Stone Carpenter Gossard (born July 20, 1966) is an American musician who serves as the rhythm and lead guitarist for the American rock band Pearl Jam. Along with Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder, he is one of the founding members of Pearl Jam. Gossard is also known for his work prior to Pearl Jam with the 1980s Seattle, Washington-based grunge rock bands Green River and Mother Love Bone, and he has made contributions to the music industry as a producer and owner of a record label and a recording studio. Gossard has also been a member of the side project band Brad. In 2001, Gossard released his first solo album, Bayleaf. Stone Gossard was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, along with his two sisters Shelly and Star. Gossard's father was an attorney and his mother worked in the city government. Gossard learned guitar by playing in the hallways of Seattle's Northwest School during his junior year. Gossard graduated from the Northwest School in 1984. The first band Gossard joined was March of Crimes, a band of which future Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd was a member, as was novelist Jonathan Evison.

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