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or 'Rockumentaries', if you will
really good ones:
Loud Quiet Loud
I am Trying to Break Your Heart
Time is Illmatic
Searching For Sugarman
The Woodstock Movie
The one about Death, can't remember what it's called, but that's fucking amazing.
Hit So Hard
20000 Days on Earth
That Billy Childish one
Twenty feet from stardom
Looks quite good
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I've recently enjoyed the Nick Cave, Pulp and The National singer's brother ones. Oh, and the Bowie Five Years one on the BBC a couple of years ago was awesome.
-The Smiths South Bank Show episode from 87
-Not a documentary as such, but The Cure's Play Out VHS from 1991 is brilliant as it sort of catches them at their commercial peak, following them round for 7 days in February where they do things like play Wembley, appear at the BRITS, do MTV Unplugged. Lots of fun just for the backstage bits where they always seem to be pissed. You could probably play a decent Withnail-style drinking game along to it.
-In 1999, the Beeb did a series called Young Guns Go For It on various 80s bands which was really good.
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
Wild Style (documentary-ish)
Got to be the best. The scene where Donovan plays a song in the hotel room, then Dylan takes the guitar and plays 'its all now, baby blue' is the best thing ever. The look on Donovan's face.
Also, every other scene.
As are most of his Blues series of films
standing in the shadows of motown
The Candyskins story is crazy.
saw that Daniel Johnston documentary a couple of years ago, don't even like his music that much but fuck it was compelling.
Fucking brilliant, my absolute favourite, but i'm a bit of a dylan fanboy.
is well worth watching but... it's just a stroke of luck rather than being a great documentary isn't it? Geezer goes to film Wilco during the making of YHF and coincidentally ends up stumbling across the band dispensing with Jay Bennett and WB fucking up making for #greatbants. Some of it's also a bit incoherent which is odd, but the Jeff Tweedy live footage is quite something.
Bloke who made it's gone on to do... pretty much absolutely nothing right? Figures.
Not a feature length or owt but that recent documentary by Pitchfork on the making of If You're Feeling Sinister was brilliant. Really brilliant.
but it's a great story behind one of the best albums of the last 20 years and a guy happened to be walking around in the middle of it with a camera. and all the live footage is great
Like I said, the Jeff solo footage in particular was tremendous. Shame I've never managed to see him doing a solo gig myself.
are just right place, right time. Dont think it lessens the greatness of any of them. Havent seen IATTBYH though.
not seen that
Lots of poseurs here, even for a punk docco.
Do You Remember - Bouncing Souls
The bit where Dee Dee becomes a rapper <3
Sort of boring and compelling at the same time.
not sure about great but I really enjoyed the REMTV one, never knew how much of a weirdo michael stipe was, completely fascinating
Great documentary about electronic music in Russia, full of crazy guys who built synths, guys who played them then, collect them no wand some modern day mentalists.
Dave Grohl travelling round various cities and looking into their musical history. Massively swayed by his own influences, which isn't a bad thing. Loads of stuff on Kyuss on the California one, Albini in Chicago, Dischord in DC, Nirvana (obvs) in Seattle. Even the country music one in Nashville wasn't all bad. Just give the bits with him writing songs and the Foo Fighters song at the end a miss. Interesting to see what a bland and bloated band they are compared to all the amazing humble bands in each episode though.
ffo: REM, Pylon, Flat Duo Jets, B-52s