To celebrate this, we grab some popcorn, dim the lights and revisit the 37 best music documentaries of the past 50 years. However, Gimme Shelter , the film the Maysles brothers shot that fateful night, captured one of the worst tragedies in rock history when fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by Hells Angel Alan Passaro while the Stones performed. Who are we to argue? Filmed while David Bowie was touring Diamond Dogs in and struggling with a nagging cocaine dependency, it depicts the artist in a markedly fragile mental state. Brilliant, mercurial jazz trumpeter Chet Baker possessed looks worthy of James Dean, while his talent led him to record with jazz legends such as Charlie Parker and Gerry Mulligan. However, after decades of heroin addiction and hard living, he died prematurely when he fell from a hotel window in Amsterdam. The film fully deserved its Academy Award nomination in Two decades on, however, director Julien Temple gave the band a chance to set the record straight, which they did in no uncertain terms during The Filth And The Fury. Filmed in silhouette, the individual members are utterly candid in recalling the real story of their notorious past, with the normally cynical John Lydon even breaking down over the senseless death of Sid Vicious.
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The past few years have been something of a golden age for music documentaries, with the Oscar-winning success of Searching for Sugar Man and 20 Feet From Stardom opening up the field for films about less obvious stars. Lately there have been a flood of movies about cult bands, forgotten local acts, and background players — and even a few docs, like Amy and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck , that have found new ways to approach some of the most popular musicians of the past half-century. Netflix has done so well with music-themed films that it commissioned some of its own, such as What Happened, Miss Simone? The list of 50 documentaries below features old classics, new favorites, and a few films that deserve a wider audience. 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. It Might Get Loud Director Davis Guggenheim starts with a simple but profound idea for It Might Get Loud : assembling three guitarists from different backgrounds and generations, and getting them to talk about their influences, philosophies, and techniques. But gradually it becomes clearer that Page, Edge, and White are all perpetually chasing something ineffable. Heartworn Highways These artists were working outside the established country-music star factory, but writing songs so pure and true that Nashville had to pay attention.
‘Chasing Trane’ (2016)
We're a week or so into self-isolation and streaming services have begun to feel like video games. It seems that, at a certain point, you will complete them. But as isolation sets in, it may only be a matter of time before you're streaming moon landing conspiracy documentaries you found deep in the bowels of Netflix, desperately trying to stave off boredom as you unhinge from reality and spiral further down into madness. Don't do that! At least not yet. There are loads of music documentaries to get through before you start wondering about what's really going on at Area We've put together our favorites below. Then the film turns to a free day-long festival at the Altamont Speedway in California, organized by the producers behind Woodstock and headlined by The Stones. It is during the Stones performance when the film descends to a horrifying cocktail of bedlam and classic rock; the audience becomes a surging, violent creature that Jagger impotently tries and fails to control. The film is content to lay the blame solely on Hunter, though it has been reported that he raised the gun in self-defense.
Streaming numbers have surged because people have been spending more time at home. Why not break away from that and learn something about music instead? Netflix , Hulu or Amazon Prime have plenty of documentaries offering information about different genres, artists and movements that are available.