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DVD Review: Pearl Jam Twenty

For a band that always insisted it wanted nothing to do with rockstars, Pearl Jam Twenty is a contradiction in terms. Cameron Crowe’schronicle of the Seattle grunge quintet’s first two decades isundeniably thorough, but it’s also weirdly self-aggrandizing.

Genre: Documentary

Director: Cameron Crowe

Stars: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament

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For a band that always insisted it wanted nothing to do with rock stars, Pearl Jam Twenty is a contradiction in terms. Cameron Crowe’s chronicle of the Seattle grunge quintet’s first two decades is undeniably thorough, but it’s also weirdly self-aggrandizing.

Crowe, a former Rolling Stone writer and Seattle rock insider, is celebrating a legend that the band members always denied. Pearl Jam members have long professed to never wanting to be anything more than musicians.

But they sure can talk, when Crowe’s camera prods them to. The Pearl Jam lads spend a great deal of time reminiscing about their problems with fame.

They’re serious to a fault. On the plus side, this is a must-see movie for dedicated Pearl Jam fans, and I do mean dedicated.

 
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