In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Pearl Jam will hold court with a bunch of their favorite bands over Labor Day weekend. They’ll then continue the festivities one month later with the television premiere of their Cameron Crowe-directed documentary. According to Exclaim, PBS will air the doc on October 21st as part of their American Masters series. A limited theatrical release is also possible in the weeks leading up to the television premiere.
Speaking about the documentary with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament said, “The whole movie is Camerons love letter to us but its equal parts complimentary and really painful. It shows our growing pains and some real bad times, including Roskilde [the 2000 Danish festival where nine fans were trampled to death during the bands set]. It was just really hard to watch.
The documentary will be complemented by a soundtrack appropriately titled Pearl Jam Twenty. While specifics are still forthcoming, an issued press release reports that the tracklisting will be personally selected by Crowe, thereby “making the album a true companion piece to the film.”
And it doesn’t stop there. The press release also notes that the band will be the subject of an upcoming book, which will also be titled Pearl Jam Twenty. Billed as an “aesthetically stunning, definitive chronicle of the bands past two decades,” the book was compiled and written by veteran music journalist and current Late Night With Jimmy Fallon music booker, Jonathan Cohen, with Mark Wilkerson (author of Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend), designed by Pearl Jam in-house designer Regan Hagar (also the drummer for Brad and Satchel), with a foreword by Crowe. Simon & Schuster will publish the book in the U.S. and Canada and Atlantic Books in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
More information on the film, book and soundtrack will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, courtesy of Antiquiet, you can watch a teaser trailer for the documentary, which sees the band discussing their name change from Mookie Blaylock to Pearl Jam.