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Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam documentary will air on PBS in October

May. 25, 2011by: Niki Stephens

If Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam documentary, PJ20 doesn't make it to your town in September when it debuts in limited release, then you will get a second chance. On Friday, October 21st the doc will air on PBS. As soon as I found this out, I had to make sure I had the damn channel. I do. There will be no rioting.

Honestly, I'm really hoping that they choose Texas as one of the selected stops in September to roll out the movie and play a little show. That would be the best birthday present ever. But seeing as though they haven't been to Texas in a million years, I don't think my chances are good. I will remain my favorite band if they decide to pass the lone star state.

There's a lengthy, but informative press release below. I really just wanted to tell those of you who I know were interested in the documentary when the damn thing came out.

"In celebration of their 20 year anniversary, Pearl Jam is set to release the feature film Pearl Jam Twenty, a definitive portrait of the band as told by Academy Award-winning filmmaker and music journalist, Cameron Crowe. The captivating documentary gives fans and audiences an intimate first glimpse into Pearl Jams journey culled from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, over 24 hours of recent interviews with the band, as well as live footage of their spellbinding concert performances."

"Pearl Jam Twenty will enjoy a unique, simultaneous worldwide theatrical release in select cities and venues in September and thereafter will roll out in an accelerated fashion. Abramorama, headed by Richard Abramowitz, who steered the theatrical campaigns for Anvil! The Story of Anvil and the Oscar-nominated Exit Through The Gift Shop, is releasing the independent film in the U.S. with Arts Alliance Media, best known for their deft handling of Iron Maidens award-winning documentary Flight 666 and, more recently, Foo Fighters Back and Forth, handling the theatrical release overseas. The films U.S. television premiere will be Friday, October 21st at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), as part of the prestigious PBS American Masters series, airing during the first-ever PBS Arts Fall Festival. The soundtrack and DVD of the film will be released worldwide by Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, with the soundtrack released simultaneous to the film in September and the DVD following with a release in October."

"Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the bands formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after being catapulted into superstardom, their step back from the spotlight with the instinct of self-preservation, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround themgiving way to a work culture that would sustain them. The film celebrates the freedom that allows the band to make music without losing themselves, their fans, or the music lovers theyd always been."

When I set out to make this film, my mission was to assemble the best-of-the best from Pearl Jams past and present and give audiences a visceral feeling of what it is to love music and to feel it deeplyto be inside the journey of a band that has carved their own path, said Cameron Crowe. There is only one band of their generation for which a film like this could even be made, and Im honored to be the one given the opportunity to make it.

"Crowe was among the bands inner circle when they formed and has maintained a close friendship with the band since his days as a reporter for Rolling Stone in Seattle. Almost 20 years after the bands inception, Eddie, Jeff, Stone and Mike gave their longtime friend the okay to raid the vault and assemble from it the story no one but those closest to them ever knew."

"As part of their year-long celebration, Pearl Jam is also releasing a Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack and book of the same name, to accompany the film. The soundtrack is comprised of a selected track listing by Cameron Crowemaking the album a true companion piece to the film. Published by Simon & Schuster in the U.S. and Atlantic Books in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the Pearl Jam Twenty book is an aesthetically stunning chronicle of the bands past two decades. Compiled and written by veteran music writer Jonathan Cohen with Mark Wilkerson, the book includes a foreword by Cameron Crowe (and material from all his own band interviews) as well as original interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Dave Grohl. In addition, the band recently announced tour dates in Canada in September as well as two shows in the U.S over Labor Day weekend at Alpine Valley outside of Chicago."

"After two-decades, Pearl Jam remains a giant musical force and one of the biggest and most magnetic touring acts in the world. With over 60 million albums sold worldwide, they continue to create and perform great musicall on their own terms. Pearl Jam is currently in the studio recording their 10th studio album, marking the bands second record released through their label, Monkeywrench Records."

Extra Tidbit: If you've ever seen Pearl Jam, I envy you greatly.
Source: Collider

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6:22PM on 05/25/2011

The Best

Best LIVE band ever. Period.
Best LIVE band ever. Period.
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10:12AM on 05/26/2011
I respectfully disagree . . . that honor goes to Tool!
I respectfully disagree . . . that honor goes to Tool!
6:04PM on 05/25/2011

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I went to a live show of theirs once. Holy shit. Greatest Live Rock Band Ever. They can rock the shit out of a concert, man.
I went to a live show of theirs once. Holy shit. Greatest Live Rock Band Ever. They can rock the shit out of a concert, man.
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10:13AM on 05/26/2011
I have got to respectfully disagree. Tool has the best live show. Nine Inch Nails is a tough one to beat as well.
I have got to respectfully disagree. Tool has the best live show. Nine Inch Nails is a tough one to beat as well.
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6:13PM on 05/25/2011
Went to one of their shows two years ago. Was amazing, the best concerts I've ever been to.
Went to one of their shows two years ago. Was amazing, the best concerts I've ever been to.
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11:47PM on 05/25/2011
they were at acl a few years ago.
they were at acl a few years ago.
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6:29PM on 05/25/2011

yup

I can concur with the comments below mine. They killed it in '10 in Bristow, VA
I can concur with the comments below mine. They killed it in '10 in Bristow, VA
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9:08PM on 05/25/2011

Great


2 hours of listening to Eddie Vedder get all political in between bong hits.

No thanks.

2 hours of listening to Eddie Vedder get all political in between bong hits.

No thanks.
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