Pearl Jam Twenty by Pearl Jam

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5 Critic Reviews

It's a book-length timeline, zeroing in on specific dates in the band's history and giving fans exciting backstage glimpses that capture the explosive grunge music scene.
-LA Times

Synopsis

Published in celebration of Pearl Jam’s twentieth anniversary and in conjunction with Cameron Crowe’s definitive film, Pearl Jam Twenty is the unprecedented, and lavishly illustrated portrait of one of the world’s most influential and successful bands.

Published in celebration of Pearl Jam’s twentieth anniversary and in conjunction with Cameron Crowe’s definitive documentary film and soundtrack of the same name, Pearl Jam Twenty is an aesthetically stunning and definitive chronicle of their two decades as a band—by the band itself.

In 1991, Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten catapulted the little-known Seattle-based band into superstardom. Then, at the height of their popularity, the band shunned the spotlight, refusing to shoot videos or do interviews. Even as Pearl Jam’s studio albums continued to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful, selling over sixty million albums worldwide, the inner workings of the band—their day-to-day routines, influences, and motivations—remained unknown even to their diehard fans.

Twenty years later, this is their story. Pearl Jam Twenty is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, rare archival memorabilia, and the band’s personal photos, tour notes, and drawings. Told with wit and insight in the band members’ own words, and assembled by veteran music writer Jonathan Cohen with Mark Wilkerson—and including a foreword by Cameron Crowe along with original interviews with legends and contemporaries like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Dave Grohl—this intimate work provides an in-depth look at a group of musicians who through defying convention established themselves as “the greatest American rock band ever” (USA TODAY Readers’ Poll 2005).
 

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Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1991. Frontman Eddie Vedder is joined by Jeff Ament (bass), Mike McCready (guitar), Stone Gossard (guitar), and Matt Cameron (drums). Since its inception, the band has sold more than 30 million records in the US and an estimated 60 million worldwide. Throughout its career, Pearl Jam has been recognized globally for its deep commitment to social justice. Cameron Crowe is the writer-director of "Say Anything..." & "Singles". His latest film is "Almost Famous", the screenplay of which is also available from Faber.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent

A fun, photo-filled day-in-the-life chronicle of one of America’s hardest-working rock bands.

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AV Club

Above average
on Sep 22 2011

Twenty is still first and foremost for Pearl Jam diehards, who’ll be the most likely to appreciate the sincerity with which the band members pay tribute to each other.

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LA Times

Good
on Oct 09 2011

It's a book-length timeline, zeroing in on specific dates in the band's history and giving fans exciting backstage glimpses that capture the explosive grunge music scene.

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LA Times

Below average
on Sep 23 2011

..."Pearl Jam Twenty" assumes we are as familiar with Gossard, Ament and the rest of the band...as we are with members of our own family...throws us...into the middle of a music scene we may be only glancingly familiar with.

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Chron.com

Good
on Sep 25 2011

... impressive is the amount of detail in the band’s schedule and recording activities for the past two decades.

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