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Best Music Docs of 2017

From a primer on California punk to the definitive documentary on 50 years of Rolling Stone magazine

Best Music Documentary 2017 Stories from the Edge

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Deadheads, jazzbos and punk rockers unite! We’ve got our picks for the year’s best music documentaries – from a look at the Grateful Dead’s long, strange trip of a career to the four-hour, definitive portrait of 50 years of Rolling Stone.

Best Music Docs 2017

Murray Bowles

Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

Long before Green Day and Rancid became household names and 924 Gilman St. morphed into a West Coast CBGB’s, the Bay Area’s not-quiet-on-the-Eastern-front cities were churning out punk rock groups by the dozens. Corbett Redford’s surprisingly thorough doc traces the scene’s evolution from its early days crawling out of San Francisco’s shadow to being dubbed the Next Seattle. Worth its weight in tattered Xeroxed ‘zines.

I Called Him Morgan

Lee Morgan was a big deal in the 1960s NYC hard-bop scene; Helen More was a jazz fanatic who’d help the trumpeter get off drugs, become his common-law wife and, one night in between sets at an East Village nightclub, shoot him dead. Kasper Collin’s portrait of two mercurial music lovers is both a corrective to those who don’t know the former Jazz Messenger Ensemble player’s work and a painfully tragic amour fou story. 

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