Exclusive: Chris Cornell Talks Writing Music for MACHINE GUN PREACHER, His Career, Soundgarden, Touring, Johnny Cash, Video Games and Much More

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About a week ago I got to spend 30 minutes with Chris Cornell backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood.  For those who aren’t familiar with Cornell, he was the leader singer of the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave.  Cornell was at Kimmel to perform his new song The Keeper, which he wrote for Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher.  The movie is based on the real-life story of Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealer who turned his life around and now devotes his time to saving kidnapped and orphaned children in Sudan.  The film also stars Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon.  You can watch some clips here.

During the wide-ranging interview, Cornell talked about how he got involved in the project, his thoughts on Rock Band/Guitar Hero, his experiences at TIFF, what it meant to have Johnny Cash cover one of his songs, what’s in his contract rider, his thoughts on letting music be used on commercials and video games, what’s his favorite cities to play in and so much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Pearl Jam and Cameron Crowe Interview PEARL JAM TWENTY

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Seattle rockers Pearl Jam, Academy Award-winning filmmaker and music journalist Cameron Crowe has created a portrait of the seminal band that not only showcases his love for them, but also why so many fans from all over the world have found meaning in their music. Along with new interviews conducted with the band members, nearly 3,000 hours of footage was combed through for Pearl Jam Twenty and compiled to illustrate the freedom that allowed Pearl Jam a way to make music without compromising themselves or their fans. Anyone who has ever been to one of the band’s concerts knows just how electric and exciting their live show is, and now movie-goers can see the journey that got them to where they are today.

While at the Toronto Film Festival, Pearl Jam did a press conference with director Cameron Crowe, where they talked about the challenge of tackling 20 years of history and paring it down to two hours, that the Holy Grail of footage was a private moment shared between Eddie Vedder and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain that no one was even sure there was a record of, how surviving the last 10 years took a lot of effort and communication, that they are grateful for and appreciative of their fans, and how they hope that 10 years from now, they’ll be doing the same thing, only better. Pearl Jam Twenty will be in select cities on September 20th, and then premiere on PBS on October 21st, before coming out on DVD on October 25th.  Hit the jump for the transcript and audio.

New Trailer, Poster and Images for Cameron Crowe’s PEARL JAM TWENTY; Film to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

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The trailer for Cameron Crowe’s comprehensive documentary Pearl Jam Twenty has been released, along with some images and a poster. The film, made up of rare and unseen footage as well as new interviews with the band members, chronicles the formation and career of Pearl Jam’s twenty-year history. The trailer inexplicably opens with David Lynch interviewing frontman Eddie Vedder, then delves into a montage of behind-the-scenes and concert footage intercut with narration from the band members.

The film is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, followed by a limited release into select theaters on September 23rd and a U.S. television premiere on October 21st on PBS’ American Masters series. For superfans of the band, this trailer is sure to be goosebump-inducing. Hell, even for non-fans the prospect of Crowe documenting the life of one of the most successful American rock bands of all time is enticement enough. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster and images.

First Look at Cameron Crowe’s PEARL JAM TWENTY Documentary Airing on PBS in October

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It’s been in the works for awhile, but now director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) will finally be releasing his documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, a portrait of the band from the filmmaker’s own perspective. Crafted from more than 1,200 hours of rare and never-before-seen footage, recent interviews with the band and live concert performances, the documentary offers an intimate glimpse in Pearl Jam’s journey from their formation to their launch into fame and topping the charts and their lives and work today. The film will have a limited theatrical release in September and hopefully a wider release shortly thereafter. But for those who won’t be able to catch it in theaters, it will air on PBS on Friday, October 21st at 9/8c as part of their American Masters series.

Crowe says, “When I set out to make this film, my mission was to assemble the best-of-the best from Pearl Jam’s past and present  and give audiences a visceral feeling of what it is to love music and to feel it deeply—to be inside the journey of a band that has carved their own path. There is only one band of their generation for which a film like this could even be made, and I’m honored to be the one given the opportunity to make it.” As a big fan of Crowe and knowing his love for music and rock journalism (Almost Famous is based on Crowe’s real life), I just know this documetnary is going to be something special, and I can’t wait to check it out. See the first image of the film after the jump along with the full press release with more information.

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