PBS Arts from Seattle: AMERICAN MASTERS – Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam had a ridiculous name, a prehistory that included a major drug fatality, and a raggedy image that pegged its members as either homeless youth or hippie progeny dressed by their parents.

For a frontman, the group chose a rather odd, definitely shy surfer dude from San Diego, despite being part of a Seattle music scene notoriously unfriendly to outsiders.

At the height of indie rock’s anti-corporate contrarianism, Pearl Jam debuted on a major label. What could possibly go right? (by Ann Powers, NPR. Keep reading…)

A portrait of the groundbreaking band, as told by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe, viewers become intimate with the Seattle musicians, who reluctantly moved from small clubs to the world stage. 20 years on, they are still together.

10/21/2011 9:00 pm WOSU TV
10/22/2011 1:30 am WOSU TV