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For the 2011 tour, see Pearl Jam Twenty Tour.
Pearl Jam Twenty
Poster of Pearl Jam Twenty.jpg
Directed by Cameron Crowe
Produced by Michele Anthony
Cameron Crowe
Morgan Neville
Written by Cameron Crowe
Cinematography Nicola B. Marsh
Release dates
  • September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10) (TIFF)
  • September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20) (US)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Pearl Jam Twenty (also known as PJ20) is a 2011 American rockumentary directed by Cameron Crowe about the band Pearl Jam. Preliminary footage was being shot as of June 2010.[2] Crowe completed filming in April 2011, after using 12,000 hours of footage of the band for the documentary.[3] The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and also had an accompanying book and soundtrack.[4]

The documentary charts the history of the band, from the demise of Mother Love Bone, their battle against Ticketmaster and the tragedy of the Roskilde Festival in 2000.[5][6]

The film was presented theatrically at select cinemas in the US during the month of September 2011, and premiered on October 21, 2011 on PBS' American Masters. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 24, 2011. A book, written by Jonathan Cohen, was published concurrent to the film's release.[7]


Q&A session after the second screening of Pearl Jam Twenty at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival with the band's frontman Eddie Vedder (far right)


The film soundtrack includes live recordings from 1990 through 2010.


Chart (2011) Peak
Australian Music DVDs Chart[9] 1
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[10] 4
Belgian (Flanders) Music DVDs Chart[11] 3
Belgian (Wallonia) Music DVDs Chart[12] 4
Danish Music DVDs Chart[13] 3
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[14] 2
Finnish Music DVDs Chart[15] 2
Hungarian DVDs Chart[16] 6
Irish Music DVDs Chart[17] 1
Norwegian Music DVDs Chart[18] 1
Portuguese Music DVDs Chart[19] 2
Spanish Music DVDs Chart[20] 2
Swedish Music DVDs Chart[21] 1
Swiss Music DVDs Chart[22] 4
UK Music Videos Chart[23] 3


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[24] Platinum 15,000^
Portugal (AFP)[25] Gold 4,000x
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Pearl Jam Twenty Kicks Off With World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival". Pearl Jam. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Two Feet Thick article
  3. ^ "Cameron Crowe on 'Pearl Jam Twenty': 'We Went About as Personal as We Could Get'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pearl Jam Twenty," Pearl Jam official website. Accessed Dec. 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Webster, Andy (September 22, 2011). "A Sound Reverberating Far Beyond Seattle". NY Times. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ Barnes, Henry (September 15, 2011). "Pearl Jam Twenty – review". The Guardian. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Jonathan. "Exclusive Excerpt from PJ 20". September 8, 2011. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "2011 Films: Pearl Jam Twenty". tiff.net. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Top 40 Music DVD" (PDF). The ARIA Report (1131): 22. October 31, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Austria Top 40 – Musik-DVDs Top 10 04.11.2011". Austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ultratop 10 Muziek-DVD". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ultratop 10 DVD Musicaux". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Musik DVD Top-10". Hitlisten.nu (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ "DVD Music Top 30". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Suomen Virallinen Lista – Musiikki DVD:t 44/2011". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland (in Finnish). Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Archívum: Kereső – Előadó/cím Szerint". Mahasz (in Hungarian). Light Media. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Irish Charts – Singles, Albums & Compilations". IRMA. Fireball Media. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  18. ^ "DVD Audio Uke 45, 2011". VG-lista (in Norwegian). Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Top Oficial AFP". Artistas & Espectáculos (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Archived from the original on November 21, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Top 20 DVD Musical" (PDF). PROMUSICAE (in Spanish). Media Control GfK International. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan (in Swedish). Retrieved April 3, 2013.  Search for Pearl Jam and click Sök.
  22. ^ "Swiss Charts – Music DVD Top 10 06.11.2011". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  23. ^ "2011-11-05 Top 40 Music Video Archive | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 DVDs". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Top Oficial AFP". Artistas & Espectáculos (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Archived from the original on January 2, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  26. ^ "American video certifications – Pearl Jam – Twenty". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 3, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH

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Los Angeles Times

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Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:17:18 -0700

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