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Watch It Here: Pearl Jam Video Benefits Ocean Conservation

Band sells 'Backspacer' clip on iTunes

July 15, 2010 9:02 AM ET

Pearl Jam are making a clear statement about the importance of ocean conservation with their latest clip from 2009's Backspacer. Their video for "Amongst the Wave" features stunning footage of crashing waves juxtaposed with shots of the band performing live, and now fans can grab a copy of the clip while aiding a good cause. The video is now up for sale on iTunes, with proceeds going to benefit Conservation International's Marine Programs.

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The video originally arrived on June 30th when the band launched their new Oceans website, which provides fans with factoids about ocean health and conservation efforts. "If we don't consider the fragility and finite capacity of our planets oceans, we may destroy our most precious resource," guitarist Stone Gossard said in a statement. "Our ocean will only survive if the world agrees to sustain her." The video was directed by Ryan Thomas and Brendan Canty.

Avid surfer Eddie Vedder and Co. have joined efforts to aid waters in the Gulf that have been severely damaged by the BP oil spill, and links to the Gulf Restoration Network appear on their Oceans website along with information about renewable energy, ocean acidification, alternative energy, sustainable fishing and beach clean-up work.

In other Pearl Jam news, Gossard's side project Brad — which also features vocalist/pianist Shawn Smith, drummer Regan Hagar and bassist Mike Berg — are also gearing up to release their fourth album on August 10th. Best Friends?, the group's first disc in eight years, is due on Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records.

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