For all the gossipy fun of VH1’s Behind the Music
, the program killed the public’s taste for detailed histories of rock bands. Tales of excess -- focusing on egos, drugs, alcohol, and sex -- became the norm. One of the best things about Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty
is that it foregoes tabloid sensationalism in favor of explaining the cultural, personal, and artistic forces that came together to produce one of the most-influential bands of the grunge era -- all the while letting the guys in the band speak for themselves.
The movie spends nearly its first quarter painting a portrait of the rich and supportive Seattle music scene of the late ‘...