Best music documentaries

TOMANO

Senior Member
Gimme Shelter. The amount of footage captured is astounding. A time capsule and dark social commentary.
 

Pootle

Active member
I really enjoyed Hired Gun on Netflix. Great docu about the musicians supporting the stars on records and tours and in some cases writing the music itself for little credit. Good segment with Kenny Arnoff too.
 

Dr_Watso

Platinum Member
Best I've ever seen:

We Jam Econo: story of the minutemen

Just a beautiful coming up documentary for one of the most purely motivated bands in history.
 

Peedy

Senior Member
Wow, I almost forgot about the documentary covering the most epic band in rock history: THE RUTLES, All You Need Is Cash.

Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry.

There's just something about that band that always takes me back. I think it was the trousers.
 

Macarina

Silver Member
I just finished Echo in the Canyon ... really enjoyed it. Actually surprised myself, how much I liked it. Typically I’m not into Folk Rock, but I really enjoy some of it.
(Netflix)

Laid out very well, with Jakob Dylan revisiting the mid 60’s Hollywood Hills of Laurel Canyon.
Interlaced was a concert celebrating some really great music.
I am pleasantly surprised at Dylan’s voice, as well as other artist I’m not familiar with like Fiona and Beck.
 

TK-421

Senior Member
My absolute favorite documentary, music or otherwise, is Searching for Sugar Man, about a nearly homeless man in Detroit who turned out to be about as big as The Beatles and Elvis in South Africa (seriously). An amazing, true story that I highly recommend.

As for those who mentioned This Is Spinal Tap, you know that's not a real documentary, right? Great movie though.
 

Steady Freddy

Pioneer Member
I just finished Echo in the Canyon ... really enjoyed it. Actually surprised myself, how much I liked it. Typically I’m not into Folk Rock, but I really enjoy some of it.
(Netflix)

Laid out very well, with Jakob Dylan revisiting the mid 60’s Hollywood Hills of Laurel Canyon.
Interlaced was a concert celebrating some really great music.
I am pleasantly surprised at Dylan’s voice, as well as other artist I’m not familiar with like Fiona and Beck.

I watched that a few day ago, I liked it,
 

Peedy

Senior Member
As for those who mentioned This Is Spinal Tap, you know that's not a real documentary, right? Great movie though.
I totally get that it’s a mockumentary. I just happen to see humor as a valid path to truth. As such, I’m just as interested in what’s truth as I am what’s true.

Pete
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
"It Might Get Loud" with Jimmy Page, Jack White & The Edge.

I dug that too. Was awesome seeing Jimmy in his record room digging on classics. Rumble comes to mind, and his reaction to the guitar is just so pure and true....reminds me of what music does to me at its best, which is basically turn me into a child full of wonder and joy. Wow that was cheesy, but its true, I get real goofy with music that hits me right...I live for it....and trying to create it!
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Ken Burns Jazz.

It's a little bit to narrowed around Wynton's interests(first half is best), but it's still a must watch. If you've only watched it on TV you want to get the DVDs as they were cut down A LOT for broadcast.
 

Hewitt2

Senior Member
Quincy was great - an amazingly multi faceted musician , producer, writer etc. One of the true masters.

Great drumming bits with John Robinson too!
 
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