Earlier this summer, I was invited to a TCA Panel for PBS tour where I got to hear about the upcoming documentary “Pearl Jam Twenty” by Cameron Crowe. I got to hear about it from Cameron Crowe himself and I was way..WAY excited because of how huge of a fan I was of not only the director, but of Pearl Jam themselves.
I was not the slightest bit disappointed. I loved the documentary. You could see Cameron’s touch and it shows the real evolution of a band that started from almost nothing, except a tragedy, to their rise to superstardom, and learning to deal with that and themselves.
I gotta say, Cameron did a phenomenal job grabbing, and cutting 20 yrs of footage into just over an hour and a half without making it feel rushed or like you missed anything. Although it is a documentary, you can see the story unfolding of not only Pearl Jam, but the Seattle sound. You get snippets of Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell and just the feel for what music was like in the early 90′s. It took me back to being a teenager when grunge was on the rise… and even now, I could feel that angst in the music. I also learned a few things and feel like a reconnected with an old friend again.
This documentary is a must see. Even if you aren’t a fan of Pearl Jam, it’s a great look into how one band made it big…and how they grew as individuals, yet kept together for 20 yrs (well minus that whole drummer fiasco, watch the movie, lol). Check out the clip below for a look at what’s in store and make sure to check your local listing for PBS’s premiere of “Pearl Jam Twenty” on October 21 at 9:00pm.