The Book, by Jon Krakauer. In April a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt.
His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in , McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.
In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.
Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless.
Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.
He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The Movie, by Sean Penn. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people.
Along the way, he encountered a series of colorful characters at the very edges of American society who shaped his understanding of life and whose lives he, in turn, changed. In the end, he tested himself by heading alone into the wilds of the great North, where everything he had seen and learned and felt came to a head in ways he never could have expected.
The Soundtrack, by Eddie Vedder. The vocalist remains one of the most passionate and engaging frontmen in rock. In , Vedder was asked by friend Sean Penn to contribute music for his fourth feature-film Into the Wild about the young life of Christopher McCandless and his journey into the Alaskan wilderness. The track also includes Vedder playing some jangly-like guitar riffs and melodies that is also accompanied by acoustic backgrounds.
No Ceiling is a slower, folk-driven song accompanied mostly by a banjo and a soft, slide guitar in the background. Far Behind is a mid-tempo rocker that fans of Pearl Jam will definitely familiarize themselves with as the two-minute track is a nice accompanying track for a good road song.
Return to the Wild - The Chris McCandless Story-Trailer
And no, this is not a cover of the song by fellow Seattle band Candlebox. Vedder sings the song with his growling vocal style while accompanied by Corin Tucker.
The song is played as a folk-rocker largely accompanied by an acoustic guitar that is followed by a drone-like guitar track that becomes a solo later on.
Society is a Jerry Hannan-composed song that is mostly an acoustic ballad in the style of Cat Stevens. The album closer, Guaranteed , is a folk-driven track that features Vedder in his most romantic as the song is played with just Vedder and his flourishing, acoustic guitar. The result is a calm, serene closer that ends the album very nicely. Carine McCandless.
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