The back cover gives a broad description of the book and the marketing plan for PJ20.
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 60 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).
2011 will be a yearlong celebration of Pearl Jam's rich twenty-year history. The festivities kick off with the January release of a new live compilation album, Live on Ten Legs, followed by the srping rerelease of the band's sophomore and junior releases, Vs. and Vitalogy, in new, deluxe formats. Cameron Crowe's film Pearl Jam Twenty will premiere at the end of summer into early fall at select film ?? worldwide and the Pearl Jam Twenty book and soundtrack will be released simultaneously. The film will then have a staged rollout including theatrical release, TV broadcast, and DVD release for the holidays. Pearl Jam's twentieth anniversary year will ?? be filled with a wealth of other surprises from the band, live performances and more.