What's your favourite documentary on music?

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  1. mkdaws32

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    Hip Hop Evolution. 4 part - I’m not even into Hip Hop, but the history and development of the style was riveting. I was flipping channels and caught the first 5 minutes of the second part and was hooked. Very well done and gave me an appreciation and respect for the genre I would not have had otherwise.
     
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    I love Keith Richards in Hail, Hail Rock & Roll, trying to do something nice for Chuck Berry and getting slapped around by his idol.
     
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    The Blues According to Lightnin' Hopkins is my favorite.
     
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    Must be Don't Look Back, cuz I've seen it probably two dozen times. Others off the top of my head: The Filth and the Fury, We Jam Econo... Give me a moment, I'll think of more!

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    A Well Spent Life by Les Blank on Mance Lipscomb. Actually, Blank has a ton of great music related docs... My next favorite one is the one on Leon Russell, A Poem is a Naked Person.

    Heartworn Highways is great too.
     
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    I’m old but as a teen I would stay up late to watch this when it was aired on TV!
     
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    My all-time favorite is I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (documentary on Wilco). Just a really great documentary, no matter what you think of the band. My wife and I went back several times to see it while it was still in theaters.

    A few others that haven't been mentioned:

    20 Feet from Stardom – documentary about backup singers, including the woman who sang the "rape, murder" verse on Gimme Shelter.

    Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest – Whether or not you like hip hop, this is just a great story, and a really strange one – dealing more with the relationship between the two key members, who were sort of like the Odd Couple – it's not what you'd expect in a hip-hop documentary.
     
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    Many years back it was The Compleat Beatles. A very good watch, wouldn’t mind seeing it again. Also the John Lennon doco Imagine was pretty good.

    :lol: at this one. :D

    Lol at this one, but it does deserve a mention. :p

    This would have to be my current fave. Don’t know how many times I’ve watched it, but the next session is coming up week after next when my missus heads overseas on a business trip. :D (Coz I like to play it LOUD! :cool:)
     
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    chasing sound, definately
    festival express a real event
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    I really like the behind the scenes stuff it has more of a story to the performances
     
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    Standing in the Shadows of Motown is tied with the unauthorized/disputed/unreleased MC5 documentary MC5: A True Testimonial. Coincidentally, they show two very different types of Detroit-based bands in the '60s.

    Just skip through the musical performances on Standing, which are godawful.
     
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    Heartworn Highways

    Fallen Angel (a very well done Gram Parsons doc)

    There have been four great Jimi Hendrix documentaries, to the best of my knowledge. The first, and in some ways, the best, is currently available on Netflix.

    A few days ago, I posted a link to my favorite musical documentary, a BBC-produced film called “Hotel California” about LA rock from the Byrds to the Eagles.
     
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    Gimme Shelter
    Don’t Look Back
    Complete Monterey Pop

    all criterion releases!

    ohh yeah...Heartworn Highways!
     
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    Muscle Shoals(film/documentary) An excellent film if you're into it.

    Sound Breaking/Recorded Music on PBS. Somewhat of a new series, at least to me.

    Spinal Tap is the bible for band dynamics.;):D
     
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    It's been mentioned before in this thread - I'll toss out another vote for "This Is Spinal Tap" - another favorite is "The Decline Of Western Civilization Part Two: The Heavy Metal Years" (orange juice, anyone?)
     
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    The last waltz and you see me laughing
     
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    This one is fantastic, and the one about the history of fuzz pedals is too.


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    All of the Les Paul ones that you can get your hands on.


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    instrument - fugazi
    lo sound desert- yeah, but i m not a cool kid... i m a 50 year old idiot
    it might get loud
     
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    Hi.

    Not sure if I'd call it my fav. But, I really liked The Devil and Daniel Johnston.



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    The best ones have all been mentioned but I’ll give a shout to “Dig!” which is equal parts funny, sad, and insightful but in ways that I don’t think the filmmaker originally intended.
     
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    We Jam Econo, which was already mentioned and This Ain't No Mouse Music.
     
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