Favorite music documentaries

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by PaulKTF, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. tedkul

    tedkul Forum Resident

    There are two (2) completely different documentaries from the mid-1990s with similat formats and similar rosters. The PBS/BBC co-production, “Rock’n’Roll” only ever saw official video release on educational institution VHS.

    The TIME-LIFE production, “History of Rock’n’Roll,” which I think was syndicated, saw a DVD release in 2004.

    The PBS doc is a little smarter, with more interesting interview subjects. The TIME-LIFE has a slight edge with archival footage. Both are well woth watching.

    Rock & Roll (miniseries) - Wikipedia

    The History of Rock 'n' Roll - Wikipedia
  2. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

    East Tennessee
    The PBS doc is really good. One weird thing I remember about it is that it has absolutely nothing about the Everly Brothers or the Who. No idea why - obviously those are really important omissions.
  3. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    Watched the Joe Cocker doc last night. (on netflix right now)
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  4. carrick doone

    carrick doone Whhhuuuutttt????

    Vancouver, Canada
    How did you like it? It's very good but I found it poignant in the end. The way they portrayed it, Joe became a drug casualty who took a long time to rebuild a happy life. Yet there was something melancholy about his journey, like he had more to give to his art but couldn't find it.
  5. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    More or less the way it came across. I doubt he was completely unhappy in the meantime.
    But it give s a fairly decent picture of a performer who most of us only really know from the early With a Little Help.../Woodstock era and the 80's hit or two.

    The Mad Dogs and Englishman tour ended up with no one making any money. No kidding. I knew how that was going to end before they said it at the end of the segment. I'll have to look up the live album. They said a film crew was brought on board. I wonder if a concert film exists.
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  6. Hotncrusty

    Hotncrusty Member

    New York
    what are your favorite band documentaries?

    My favorite is Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic.
  7. featheredfiend

    featheredfiend Forum Resident

    Morris Plains, NJ
    I don't even like Rush, but I thought the last 2 documentaries that were done on them were excellent. The three guys in the band (particularly Alex and Geddy) just seem like great guys, not to mention stellar musicians.
  8. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

    Austin, TX
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  9. LoveYourLife

    LoveYourLife Forum Resident

    London, UK
    There are literally loads to suit every musical taste. All these are pretty good (but some are not strictly about a band):-

    Monterey Pop
    (1969) - no comment needed
    All Things Must Past: The Rise & Fall of Tower Records (2015)
    Supersonic (2016) - Oasis stripped
    Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) - the original female wild child
    The Filth & the Fury (2000) - Julien Temple no less
    Searching for Sugarman (2012) - Detroiter by way of South Africa
    Gimme Danger (2016) - Iggy & the Stooges; and better than the reviews it got
    Breaking the Silence (2002) - music in post-Taliban Afghanistan
    Gimme Shelter (1970) - one of the best Stones documentaries
    Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes (2006)
    Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - the ultimate 'docu-concert' film (1973)
    Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
    Brasil Brasil! (2015) - BBC's fantastic three parter on Brazilian music
    Hansa Studios: By the Wall 1976-90 (2018)
    Message to Love: the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (1997)
    Westway to the World (2000) - the Clash by Don Letts
  10. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    Elvis '56
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  11. Black Magic Woman

    Black Magic Woman Sorry for my english

    Searching for Sugar Man, Janis: Little Girl Blue and 20 Feet from Stardom.
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  12. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    Thanks for posting, I didn't know about "Time Stands still". Just ordered it.
  13. Jason W

    Jason W Forum Resident

    Mill Valley, CA
    Agreed re: RUSH above. The Beyond the Lighted Stage doc is great!
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  14. No Static

    No Static Gain Rider

    Sweet Home
    The Kids Are Alright.
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  15. DME1061

    DME1061 Forum Resident

    Trenton, NJ
    Beware of Mr. Baker
  16. Isamet

    Isamet Forum Resident

    New York
    Motley Crue Behind The Music
    Beatles Anthology
  17. Instant Dharma

    Instant Dharma Hendon!!!!

    East Bay, Ca
    As a lifelong Rush fan. Im not biased its pretty damned incredible.
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  18. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    Searching For SugarMan
    Twenty Feet From Stardom
    Standing In The Shadows of Motown
    Theremin: An Electronic Odyessey
    The Rutles

    And, I dunno how much of that documentary that aired on Bravo the weekend Zappa passed away was from the BBC, but, damn, what an event to have playing on my rockin' teenage television.
  19. Batman21

    Batman21 The more surround-y the better

    Blind Melon - Letters From a Porcupine
    Respect Yourself - The Stax Records Story
  20. twistandshout

    twistandshout Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Tom Petty - Runnin' Down a Dream - 4 hour documentary...was great!
  21. WhoTapes1

    WhoTapes1 Forum Resident

    NC, United States
    The BBC documentary on The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ lp
  22. mcchocchoc

    mcchocchoc Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Great flick, NOT about techno music. lol.

  23. MothMonsterMan

    MothMonsterMan I am a moth who just wants to eat your flag

    Tampa, FL USA
    Radiohead - Meeting People is Easy
    Flaming Lips - The Fearless Freaks
    Pixies: Gouge
  24. MothMonsterMan

    MothMonsterMan I am a moth who just wants to eat your flag

    Tampa, FL USA
    I think of the former as more a concert film than a documentary but both are excellent.
  25. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    OH God, how could I forget about Soundbreaking, that 8-part exploration of the cutting-edges in producing pop music! George Martin had a lot to do with it, but I don't recall if it was a BBC event, or PBS (I know it ran on PBS, about 2 years ago_). I thought it hit all the high spots...and in only 8 hours!

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