The Music of Pearl Jam 20

Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them—giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely-seen and never-before seen footage spanning the band’s career. Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.

In this SoundWorks Collection exclusive video we talk with Eric Fischer of Autumn Audio, who had the task of handling sixteen 5.1 mixes and additional post production work required to clean up and prepare various archived audio recordings. You can purchase the DVD and blu-ray release at!


Pearl Jam Twenty is 2011 American rockumentary directed by Cameron Crowe about the band Pearl Jam. Preliminary footage was being shot as of June 2010. Crowe completed filming in April 2011, after using 1,200 hours of footage of the band for the documentary. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and also had an accompanying book and soundtrack.

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.

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.

The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 24, 2011. A special 3-disc version was briefly available through the band's official website, but has sold out. The 3-disc version includes the original PBS version of the film, a re-edited version called "The Kids are Twenty," featuring in-depth interviews about some of the previously unreleased material; and "The Fans are Alright," which examines the band's relationship with their fans.

Sound Credits

Ron Bartlett Sound Re Recording Mixer
Eric R. Fischer Mix And Audio Post Production
Eric R. Fischer Sound Designer
Dennis Hamlin Production Sound
Doug Hemphill Sound Re Recording Mixer
Kevin Klauber Sound Designer
Frank Lugo Additional Sound
Paul Pavelka Re Recording Engineer
Chris Perkel Sound Designer
Dennis Rogers Sound Recordist