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9. 'Beyond the Lighted Stage'

As Jack Black states with typical bombast in Beyond the Lighted Stage, the exhaustive 2010 documentary about Rush, "Rush is just one of those bands that has a deep reservoir of rocket sauce." Filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn's loving look at the history of the enduring prog-rockers fully supports the actor-singer's theory; through scores of backstage and personal footage from the Seventies onward, the directors paint a clear picture of the experimental nature that has made Rush so polarizing in modern rock (except in Canada, where they are pretty indisputable as deities). They're also artful in touching on some of the more painful moments in the band's history, including the death of founding drummer John Rutsey.

Beyond the Lighted Stage was nominated for Best Long Form Music Video at the Grammy Awards, but it lost to When You're Strange, a documentary about the Doors.

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