The 50 Best Music Documentaries of All Time

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  1. warrent

    warrent Friend of Leo's

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    The list is missing a few new doc's like the Dylan Rolling Thunder one out on netflix this month (a review here: https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/martin-scorsese-bob-dylan-doc-rolling-thunder-revue-review.html)
    But it's an interesting list none the less.

    The list of 50 documentaries below features old classics, new favorites, and a few films that deserve a wider audience. It touches on pop, hip-hop, rock, punk, R&B, jazz, country, and folk; collectively, it tells a story of art forms, cultures, and business models in transition. Most important, these documentaries (and exceptional concert films, in case you were wondering) contain performances that are as essential to understanding these artists as any of their records. Think of these 50 titles as a time capsule, ready to be opened today, next year, or decades from now.

    https://www.vulture.com/article/best-music-documentaries-ever.html
     
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    "Elvis: That's the Way It Is". Well hey, they got one right...

    "Filth and the Fury". Make that two.
     
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    I'm glad "Heartworn Highways" made the list!
    They left out "Standing In The Shadows of Motown" though, that was a GOOD one
     
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    bah..... Spinal Tap didn't make the list
     
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    Sho nuff a good one. Eddie "Chank" Willis was a good friend of mine, he passed away last year, his wife Rosemary comes by to visit often...
     
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    I thought The Jazz Baroness was pretty good.

    Ken Burn's Jazz was good, but relied on W. Marsalis a little too much. I think he overemphasized Louis Armstrong to the neglect of the significances of others.
     
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    The Passing Show: the life and music of Ronnie Lane is not to be missed. It's free on YouTube.
     
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    Interesting list- thanks for linking to it. :)
     
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    It "kinda" did.....mentioned in the review for The Kids Are Alright about the Who.
    Some "revisionist" historians are now trying to rewrite history and are claiming Spinal Tap are a "made up" group. Of course they were a "made up" group.....Nigel wore TONS of mascara!!!!!
     
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    Austin to Boston another possible honorable mention
     
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    Jarmusch’s Iggy/Stooges doc is not on there and the Metallica one is ?

    Oy...

    It’s a click-bait list at this point.
     
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    Wait, the rolling thunder doc hasn’t even come out yet and you think it should have been on the list?

    I thought it was a list of the 50 best docs ever made/released ?

    And for the record I think the Grateful Dead one is great for an novice/newbie. Everybody that I know that is a hard-core Grateful Dead fan felt it lacked something and/or was too long for what it presented.
     
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    Thanks for sharing.

    No Monterey Pop?

    Muscle Shoals?

    Plus, I get why Gimme Shelter is iconic, but there are great docs about the Stones.

    Plus, there have been outstanding docs recently about Tom Petty and the Eagles.
     
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    JMO, but I’m not sure you can overemphasize Louis Armstrong.
     
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    I don't know the name, but there's a British Doc on the Beatles Sgt Pepper Album and some other songs that analyzes each song, what's new/groundbreaking in it, what was going on with the group or individuals. Analyzes the songs musically too! Almost like the show is for musicians. . Amazing job.
     
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    No just that the list is only current to April of this year. But so far what I've seen of Rolling Thunder it's pretty good.
     
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    That's okay - an actual metal band, Anvil, made the list and should be mandatory viewing for anyone heading out for their first European tour.
    Anvil, the story of Anvil

    Two that were not mentioned (or I missed 'em):
    Hail, Hail, Rock & Roll - Keef's love letter to Chuck Berry
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    Keep Me In Your Heart - the heartbreaking documentary of WZ's final album The Wind. Some bestaad is chopping onions each time I re-watch it, but I still get up to dance when Bruce Springsteen tears it up, soloing on Disorder in the House. <tune in @ about 37:51> YMMV.


    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Oil City Confidential?
    Irish Tour?

    There's one due for release soon ( it's well overdue ) focussing on The Blockheads, which would easily get on the list if the pre-release clips are anything to go by.

    Still, to condense it down to 50 and not alienate too many people with a populist list must have been tough.
     
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    How about “50 music docs that you need to see”

    That way they could dispense with Woodstock because who the hell hasn’t seen that four hour mud fest 20 times ?
     
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    Excellent point. Then they could have perhaps included little-known gems like Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel instead.
     
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