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Fuck Yeah Pearl Jam!: PJ20


Tonight my mom and I went to see Cameron Crowe’s documentary film PJ20 which marks the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam.

I love that they use Given to Fly in this preview – one of my favorite PJ songs with lyrics that lift you up when shitty people get you down:

He floated back down ’cause he wanted to share / the keys to the locks on the chains he saw everywhere

But first he was stripped / and then he was stabbed / by faceless men well fuckers, he still stands

And he still gives his love / he just gives it away / the love he receives is the love that is saved

And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky / a human being that was Given to Fly

I got this card for my mom and framed it with the title a few years ago. It just seemed to fit.

The film is a treasure trove of amazingness for fans: footage of their second ever show; Stone and Eddie writing Daughter on a tour bus; Eddie so overcome with emotion and energy at the end of a show he strips off his shorts (!) As well as insightful interviews with the band members about their history, each other (Eddie choking up talking about his friendship with bassist Jeff Ament was one of many “awww!” moments), and what kind of memorabilia they keep (Stone Gossard’s “Oh a Grammy!” discovered in his basement is particularly hilarious.)

I got into Pearl Jam right at the beginning and have seen them in concert many, many times. They are a PHENOMENAL live band – the movie captures that exhilarating and soul shaking experience beautifully (and made me anxious to see them again) as well as the proof that they are a band that have always functioned with honesty, integrity and dedication to their music and their fans. It made me proud – once again, to be a fan and have given them my devotion (and money!) over the years.

Here’s one of my all-time fave performances – Porch on MTV Unplugged in 1992:

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

5 thoughts on “Fuck Yeah Pearl Jam!: PJ20

  1. Synchronicity? Crazy for sure. I sent this postcard to a dear dear friend of mine more than a decade ago. Did you purchase this postcard recently? Given to Fly-this is EXACTLY the image I had in mind when I first heard that song. My postcard was sent first, heard the song 1.5 yrs later.

    • No I bought it as a card many years ago. That’s so cool you found it too! I listened to “Given to Fly” today and it made me happy that I live in a world where it exists 🙂

  2. Still so wonderful,why is it eddie does not age?his voice his arms his hands. songs that tear your heart apart-

    • When the DVD comes out you should really get it. Some great performances and interviews – and the songs are still SO GOOD. And they have the shot of him looking up that you made into stationary for us!!

  3. LOVE! Had completely forgotten about Given to Fly…

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