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Pearl Jam Mark 20 Years With Documentary, Book, CD and Tour

Written by Barnaby Smith on May 17, 2011

It’s been a full 20 years since Pearl Jam emerged out of a convoluted Seattle grunge scene, and Eddie Vedder and co are planning to celebrate in some style.

First of all, the band are heading out on tour later this year in North America. But that’s only the start of it. According to the band’s website, a new documentary is on the way too. Pearl Jam Twenty is culled from 1,200 hours of unseen footage and 24 hours of interviews with the band. The new film is directed by none other than Cameron Crowe.

As Spinner reports, there is no date for the documentary’s release in cinemas, though it will be screened on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) in the US on October 21.

The film will be accompanied by a Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack, featuring songs chosen by Crowe to complement his documentary, touted as “a true companion piece to the film.”

They’re not stopping there, mind, as there is also a tome on the way. Publishers Simon & Schuster (in the US and Atlantic Books in other regions) are overseeing the Pearl Jam Twenty book, which was written by former editor and current booker for the music acts on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Crowe, who just cannot keep his hands off Pearl Jam, has written the foreward.

The last Pearl Jam studio album was 2009’s Backspacer. There have been vague murmurings that the band have songs to go for a follow-up, which would be their tenth. That will now have to wait, one would think.

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