If you know my husband, you need not wonder why Pearl Jam Twenty-a Cameron Crowe directed, 20th anniversary documentary about his favorite band ever-makes a list of his favorites but what’s more novel is that I loved the film as well. Like I didn’t just like it, I really loved it.
It’s not like I didn’t like Pearl Jam to begin with, because I did. But just not to the same fanatic level of Aaron and several of our friends, who I suspect were drawn together in the first place by their insatiable love of these guys.
What struck me most is that Pearl Jam shares the very novel distinction of being a truly, truly, truly fan made band – 20 years worth. I get Ten Club and the thousands and thousands of people who see their shows night after night, year after year. I get the ‘I Love Eddie’ t-shirts (well, I’ve never had a problem understanding that one) and even the ‘Stone’ t-shirts (though, for the record, I have mixed feelings about Stone -Aaron and I ran into him once on the Waterfront of all places, and he was quite awkward-never meet your idols, right?). I just get it now.
I *think* that it’s mostly being screened in artsy theaters but if you have a chance and like music even a tiny bit, spend two hours with Pearl Jam sometime soon. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.