Jazzville Skyline: “…Doesn’t Get Vedder Than This…”

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by rocky-o

In the music world, genres come and go in popularity, but they all kinda hang around somewhere in the atmosphere, on some turntable, in some part of the world somewhere…and Grunge is one of them.

Now, when you say grunge, two bands come to mind…Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and, with the death of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, he and his band have become ‘immortal’. Not that I believe they warrant it…death just has a way of doing that.

In fact, the last few decades have actually been harsh on the music world in general, with ‘few and far between’ bands that were even worth the time of day…but Pearl Jam were one of the few.

Somewhat overshadowed by Cobain’s suicide, but nevertheless, they have lasted on, with lead singer Eddie Vedder, alive and well, and still writing some of the best songs out there, and right now, out there, is a documentary reminding us just how ‘worth it’ they are.

Entitled, “Twenty”, this documentary starts from way before their ‘Pearl Jam’ days, going back to their earliest of days in their Seattle state of mind, and taking you all the way to their pinnacle…and back again.

And normally, I believe, the best documentaries should be around an hour long, but this two-hour plus journey really never lets you down, helping us to understand that this is more than just a gig for a few guys…this is art, and their attitudes and lyrics reflect that dedication of principals.

From the death of their original lead singer to their argument with Ticketmaster and beyond, this is one Jam you will want to be a part of.

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