Pearl Jam Twenty celebrates the band's 20th anniversary in 2011. The Seattle-based group is known for its kickass music and its 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, now in trade paperback and NOOK Book, 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. (P.S. Pearl Jam is an outsider group with a major worldwide following: To date, they have sold more than 30 million copies in the U.S. alone.)
Pearl Jam Twentyby Pearl Jam
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With a new foreword by Pearl Jam’s longtime friend and fan Cameron Crowe, this New York Times bestselling book is an intimate and lavishly illustrated portrait of one of the world’s most influential and successful bands.
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 receive critical acclaim and success, selling more than 60 million albums worldwide, the inner workings of the band—their day-to-day routines, motivations, and aspirations—remained unknown even to their diehard fans.
Told with wit, passion, and remarkable candor, Pearl Jam chronicles their two-decade journey, from the years leading up to the group’s formation to their latest self-released chart-topper Backspacer. The result is an unprecedented self-portrait filled with little known stories and anecdotes; personal memorabilia, tour notes, and set lists; and never-before-seen Polaroids, drawings, and letters. The group also takes you inside the studio with chapters chronicling the making of each record and original interviews by contemporaries and legends like Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Ben Harper, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, and Neil Young.
Imbued with Pearl Jam’s artistic energy and do-it-yourself spirit, Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive story of an unconventional band that established itself as “the greatest American rock band ever” (USA TODAY Readers’ Poll 2005).
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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“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)
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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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