The Best Music Documentaries
Marley, a new documentary on the life and times of the world’s most famous reggae artist, was released in theaters today. With the death yesterday of the Band’s drummer and singer, Levon Helm, many have also revisited clips from The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Helm and the Band. At their best, these films can give fans a fresh perspective and deeper understanding of the lives and work of artists like no other medium, transmitting the sights and sounds and feelings that drive, and make, the music.
With that in mind, we asked you to share your most-loved music documentaries with #RSFans. Let’s take a look…
the best rockumentary ever is The Fearless Freaks about The Flaming Lips @nxnefest + #HotDocsGiveaway #NXNE
— Captain Beardsley (@captbeardsley) April 20, 2012
Tonight’s Viewing: Keven McAlester’s 2005 documentary film, “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” about rock pioneer Roky Erickson #NetflixInstant
— Adam Frazier (@AdamFrazier) April 16, 2012
3 rockumentaries you have to watch. Dig! The devil and Daniel Johnston and Anvil! the story of Anvil.
— Finlay Hamilton (@finnleigh) April 18, 2012
I’m watching the music doc Back and Forth for the zillionth time. But I’m still not sick of it. #RockOn
— Megan McGarr (@meggiemuggins) April 13, 2012
For you who haven´t seen it. Benda Bilili! Fantastic music doc about a Kongolese group where all the members are living on the street.
— Andreas Irebring (@AIrebring) April 14, 2012
I don’t know who Joe Berlinger is but he has crafted the finest straight-ahead music doc imaginable. Ask Durham. #fullframe15 #paulsimon
— Phil Daquila (@phildaquila) April 16, 2012
@TODDLAT Metallica – some kind of monster (best music doc ever).
— Peter Donohoe (@Peter_Pipes) April 17, 2012
Anyone that likes Kings Of Leon should watch Talihina Sky. Great movie, music doc, story.
— Matty #0 Frizzle (@frizzle73) April 20, 2012
Watch this! “until the light takes us”about the inner circle movement in norway’s black metal scene in 90’s. on netflix instant! so good
— Kathi Ko(@fake_fight) April 14, 2012
@AmericanExpress @TribecaFilmFest What’s your fave indie film? Duh! The doc about #TheReplacements COLOR ME OBSESSED #IndieFilmLove
— Ilona Ann Coggswater (@IlonaCoggswater) April 14, 2012
Watching No Direction Home, a Bob Dylan documentary by M. Scorsese. Man’s a genius.
— Samantha Jackson (@samanthaellen_) April 19, 2012
Watch the documentary American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986. Really good.
— Jonas (@Stimmender) April 19, 2012
Best music doc ever? Maybe. bit.ly/HLyV85
— larsalamo (@larsalamo) April 17, 2012
We Jam Econo is the best music doc ever. Watt and D. Boon together was magic. #imstartingafuckinband
— Thadeous Jenkins (@libertyORscotch) April 20, 2012