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Pearl Jam Twenty

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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

Overview

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).

Editorial Reviews

Pearl Jam Twenty celebrates the band's 20th anniversary and serves as the September rlease Cameron Crowe documentary with which it shares a title. The Seattle-based group is known not only for its kickass music, but also for its idiosyncratic, secretive ways: At the peak of their popularity, they stopped making videos and drastically restricted media interviews and other access. With this mammoth hardcover, this legendary rock ensemble fully opens those floodgates, presenting its story in the band members' own words and supplementing it with personal photos, tour notes, archival drawings and memorabilia. The book Pearl Jam fans have been waiting for.

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Produced in conjunction with Cameron Crowe's documentary about the Seattle rockers' first 20 years, this photo-packed autobiography is a fitting souvenir for fans. Employing narrative as well as quotes and asides from band members, fellow musicians, and those who've worked with the band, the book offers a detailed take on the events that have shaped their lives and songs. Though their story has been told many times before, the band's personal recollections (particularly of their early days) offer new insight into Pearl Jam's dynamics as well as the Seattle scene's supportive and collaborative environment. Defining moments, such as the death of nine fans at the Roskilde festival and their battles with Ticketmaster, are tactfully addressed, as is the delicate issue of firing drummer Dave Abbruzzese, who was with the band during their meteoric success in the early and mid-90s. This is a remarkable account of a career, and the band's efforts to remain grounded while creating meaningful music is no small achievement. That they're able to do just that, as well as honestly assess their work, warts and all, speaks to their integrity and commitment. This book will satisfy casual listeners as well as obsessives.
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From the Publisher
“Essential . . . Pearl Jam’s autobiographical account is one of few that focus on music rather than substance abuse. . . . Attests to their unwavering connection to their music and their ability to prevent fame from overshadowing art.” Library Journal (starred review)

“This is a remarkable account of a career . . . No small achievement . . . This book will satisfy casual listeners as well as obsessives.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A fun, photo-filled day-in-the-life chronicle of one of America’s hardest-working rock bands . . . Whether or not readers are fans of the band, the book’s coverage of the Seattle grunge explosion during the early ’90s is impressive.” Kirkus Reviews

“There’s only three other bands on the planet that have the talent and the mystique to change the world with music. Radiohead, R.E.M., and Pearl Jam.” —Bono

“The greatest American rock band ever.” USA Today Readers’ Poll (2005)

Library Journal
Pearl Jam started back in 1991 with the album Ten, which sold 13 million copies; its latest, 2009's self-released Backspacer, debuted in Billboard's top slot. So, yeah, not just history. This book features memorabilia, photos, tour notes, and drawings, giving a sort of there-at-the-creation feel. Academy Award-winning director Cameron Crowe, who provides an introduction, is releasing a Pearl Jam film this fall—a coup, because this band would rather play than posture. Should be big.
Bono
“There’s only three other bands on the planet that have the talent and the mystique to change the world with music. Radiohead, R.E.M., and Pearl Jam.”
USA Today Readers’ Poll (2005)
“The greatest American rock band ever."
USA Today Readers Poll (2005)
The greatest American rock band ever."
USA Today Readers’ Poll (2005)
“The greatest American rock band ever."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439169216
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
543,447
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.60(d)

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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.

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Stevenflow More than 1 year ago
Great book, many interesting facts and information on the band over the last twenty years. If you're a Pearl Jam fan, get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing and a chalk full filled book with Pearl Jam plastered everywhere. If your any kind of Pearl Jam fan, you'll fall in love with book like you did with Pearl Jam. PEARL JAM FOREVER!
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