120 minutes| U.S.A.| 2011| Colour| D-Cinema

Pearl Jam first came to prominence as part of the Seattle grunge scene in the early ’90s along with bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains. They have outlasted many of their contemporaries despite refusing to follow traditional music industry practices, along the way receiving the seal of approval from esteemed fellow musicians such as Neil Young. Their popularity is without doubt; the group has sold an estimated 60 million albums worldwide, and their last album, 2009’s Backspacer, reached Number 2 in the Irish charts. Former music-journalist-turned-film-director Cameron Crowe, who first encountered Pearl Jam when its members appeared in his film Singles (1992) as Matt Dillon’s bandmates, was given close to a thousand hours of live, home and personal footage by the band as the basis for this documentary, which, given their reluctance in dealing with the media, makes it all the more attractive to fans, offering a rare and unguarded personal insight into the group’s history. (Notes by Kevin Coyne).

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