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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

All of the symbolism in Pearl Jam's controversial Donald Trump-bashing poster explained

The Rock2Vote concert poster has Republicans up in arms. Here's a look at why

This image taken from the Twitter account of Pearl Jam shows the official poster from the band's concert on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 in Missoula. Republicans condemned the poster that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. Photo / AP
This image taken from the Twitter account of Pearl Jam shows the official poster from the band's concert on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 in Missoula. Republicans condemned the poster that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. Photo / AP

As stunts in the world of rock music go, putting out a poster with somewhat off-colour artwork is hardly Ozzy Osbourne biting the head off a live bat on stage, but Pearl Jam have found themselves the centre of controversy this week after depicting the White House on fire in a promotional illustration for a concert in Missoula, Montana.

The hugely detailed poster for the Rock2Vote show, which was designed to encourage people to vote in November's mid-term elections, is a collaboration between the band's bassist Jeff Ament and Bobby Brown, an artist also known as Bobby Draws Skulls.

But what does it all mean? We break down the various elements, including those that have Republicans up in arms, such as the White House on fire and a figure resembling US President Donald Trump.

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