PBS Pearl Jam Doc Coming… In October!

 

Mark your calendars for Oct. 21, duh.
Meanwhile, in unreleated news, the Republican-controlled House continues apace
in its quest to defund PBS.

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

One
imagines that announcing a late October television “event” in mid May is
borderline hubris, but no matter; everybody digs some Pearl Jam news, even if
it’s wayyyyyyyy premature. PBS announced today that “Pearl Jam Twenty,”
from the award-winning AMERICAN MASTERS series, will join the first-ever PBS
Arts Fall Festival
, a multi-platform event, featuring nine programs with a
range of artists and performances from around the country, inviting every
American into the world of music, theater, dance, art and cultural history.

 

Carved
from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24
hours of recently shot interview and live footage, “Pearl Jam Twenty” is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told
by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe. The film’s
broadcast premiere is Friday, October 21. PBS member station KCTS Seattle is
creating a mini-documentary about today’s Seattle
arts scene to coincide with the broadcast.

 

“Pearl
Jam is a groundbreaking band, and Cameron Crowe is an amazing filmmaker. I’m
thrilled that this remarkable documentary will be a part of the PBS Arts Fall
Festival,” said PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger. “‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ joins eight other new broadcasts of classic and
contemporary programs showcasing the range of the arts in
America.” 

 

Among
the other musical topics to be covered in the series: Gilbert &
Sullivan, The San Francisco Ballet doing “The Little Mermaid,” Tommy Tune, and
the intriguingly-titled “Women Who Rock.” The Pearl Jam installment is part of
the band’s 20-year anniversary celebration, which started off the year with the
release of a new live compilation album, Live on Ten Legs, followed
by the expanded reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy in
March. Things kick into high gear in September with the Anniversary
Weekend Concert on Labor Day weekend, followed by the release of Cameron Crowe’s
film, “Pearl Jam Twenty”
with accompanying book and soundtrack album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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