Pearl Jam Twenty – or PJ20 – opens today in select theaters for one night only in most locations. A very limited number of participating theaters will begin a one week run of the film on September 23rd. Director and music journalist Cameron Crowe created PJ20 which chronicles the years leading up to Pearl Jam’s formation, the chaos that closely followed their rise to super-stardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround the band which gave way to a work culture that sustained them. Big themes, bold colors, and blistering sound tell the story. Crowe pieces the film together from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never before seen footage which spans the band’s entire career and 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage. PJ20 is part concert film, part documentary, and part testimonial.
To accompany the film, Pearl Jam also released the “Pearl Jam Twenty” soundtrack today. The soundtrack has 29 rare and unreleased tracks which are shared on two discs: disc one features the actual soundtrack to the documentary and disc two features rarities and demos from the past 20 years. It contains plenty of material to floor any Pearl Jam fanatic. Live recordings range from 1991 to last year and the demos and alternate takes have never been released. The songs are hand-picked by Crowe with his original liner notes and never-before-seen photos in a 36-page booklet. The soundtrack is packaged in a hard bound book. Click here to download.