Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

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  • Q&A with Pearl Jam
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About the Film

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Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, "Pearl Jam Twenty" chronicles the years leading up to the band’s 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 them — giving way to a work culture that would sustain them.

Part concert film, part insider hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists, the film celebrates the freedom that allows Pearl Jam to make music without losing themselves, their fans, or the music lovers they’ve always been. "Pearl Jam Twenty" features new interviews with original band members Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder, drummer Matt Cameron, and friend and Soundgarden singer/guitarist Chris Cornell, as well as archival performance and interview footage of "Mother Love Bone," "Pearl Jam," "Temple of the Dog," Kurt Cobain, and Neil Young.

Complex and relevant 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 all on their own terms. Known for their passionate expression, intense and philosophical lyrics, and amazing relationship with fans, Pearl Jam is not known for their media or personal exposure, making the revelations in "Pearl Jam Twenty" all the more special.

Featured in the Film

  • Jeff Ament
  • Stone Gossard
  • Mike McCready
  • Eddie Vedder
  • Matt Cameron
  • Chris Cornell
Jeff Ament
Jeff Ament

Jeff Ament is the bassist for "Pearl Jam". He was born and raised in Montana, and has worked with Seattle-based grunge bands, "Green River" and "Mother Love Bone," prior to "Pearl Jam". He released his first solo album, "Tone," in 2008. He found an art production company with his brother that produces posters for tours and album artwork. He currently resides in Seattle and Missoula, Montana.

Stone Gossard
Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard is the rhythm and lead guitarist for "Pearl Jam," and has worked with Seattle-based grunge bands "Green River" and "Mother Love Bone" with Jeff Ament (bassist for Pearl Jam.) He was born and raised in Seattle. He released his first solo album, "Bayleaf," in 2001, and now works as a producer and an owner of a record label, Loosegroove Records.

Mike McCready
Mike McCready

Mike McCready is the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, and has also worked with the bands "Temple of the Dog," "Mad Season," and the "Rockfords". McCready was born in Florida, and raised in San Diego, California. He currently resides in Seattle.

Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for "Pearl Jam," and is recognized as a cultural icon of alternative rock. He was born in Chicago, and spent his childhood in San Diego, California. He later became friends with former "Red Hot Chili Peppers" drummer Jack Irons, and got his foot in the door by joining "Temple of the Dog," a Seattle-based band. He then joined "Pearl Jam," and has collaborated with many other artists since then. He released his first solo album, "Into the Wild," in 2007.

Matt Cameron
Matt Cameron

Matt Cameron is the drummer for "Pearl Jam". He was born and raised in San Diego, California, and moved to Seattle in 1983, where he joined the band "Skin Yard". He later left "Skin Yard" in 1986 to join "Soundgarden" with Chris Cornell, where he first gained fame. Cameron was then invited to join Pearl Jam’s U.S. tour after their drummer left due to health reasons, and has been their drummer since. Cameron currently resides in Seattle.

Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for "Soundgarden" and former lead vocalist for "Audioslave" as well as founder and frontman for "Temple of the Dog". Cornell was born and raised in Seattle. He has released three solo albums, and has contributed to soundtracks since 1998.

Film Trailer (3 min.)

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Interview with Pearl Jam and Director Cameron Crowe

Watch footage from the "Pearl Jam Twenty" Toronto International Film Festival press conference with filmmaker Cameron Crowe and Pearl Jam.

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