I love music documentaries. They lift the curtain and let us peak inside of a world or personality or life style we could or could never imagine. I think Dave Grohl did a great job with his “Sonic Highways” series but since most everyone already is aware of its existence, here are ten others that might not have crossed your radar this year. Many are available for streaming on YouTube, all are worth checking out.
20,000 Days On Earth- “Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.”
Road To Austin – Chronicles how Austin, Texas became the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’, from 1835 to present day.
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life – Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life. She discussed the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.
Mr. Dynamite – The Rise Of James Brown
Beautiful Noise -Documentary on the shoe gaze period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself. Featuring members of Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive,
Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me – As he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.
On The Run Tour – Not exactly on documentary but you do get to spend a couple hours with the royal couple of pop music
Austin To Boston – 5 old VW’s. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. Featuring Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear’s Den.
Genesis Together and Apart -Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks get together and discuss the history of the band.
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This is Stones Throw Records – Documentary about Los Angeles based label Stones Throw and gives a look into the label’s left-of-center artists, history, culture, and global following.