Your sitting at home right now… and you haven’t been able to go see a movie or a live concert for months, you’re tired of binge-watching American Idol. So what do you do? Below we have posted some must-see Music Documentaries Trailers and a brief description of the Documentary itself. Many of these Music Documentaries are available to purchase online or watch through popular outlets such as Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, PBS, YouTube, and iTunes Movies.
Echo In The Canyon
A look at how musical groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas & the Papas birthed the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene and how the echo of these artists’ creations reverberated across the world.
27: Gone Too Soon
Unseen footage and interviews with medical experts, music critics and people who knew the famous artists who all coincidentally died at the age of 27, including Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.
The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew documents the work of studio players who recorded the tracks for such hits as “California Dreamin'”, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'”, “Be My Baby”, “The Beat Goes On”, and “Good Vibrations”. Interviews with producers, engineers, and session musicians reveal the warmth and humor that allowed their collective talents to turn a simple chord chart into an international phenomenon.
I Need That Record!
The film features interviews with: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Ian MacKaye of Dischord Records Fugazi/Minor Threat, activist/author Noam Chomsky, Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Lenny Kaye guitarist of the Patti Smith Group, Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club, guitar composer Glenn Branca, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, punk author Legs McNeil, rock photographer Bob Gruen, BP Helium guitarist from Of Montreal and more.
All Things Must Pass
All Things Must Pass’ is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.
The Vinyl Revival
43-minute documentary that follows on from acclaimed “Last Shop Standing” and directed and produced again by Pip Piper. It came out on RSD19 as part of a gatefold album featuring artists from the Distiller label. It is now heading into a limited cinema and festival run across July / August and September 2019.
“Re-Vinylized” is a 30-minute documentary about independent record stores in Chicago. The film celebrates the culture of independent record stores while examining the effects of downloading and the recent resurgence of vinyl record sales. The documentary profiles a number of Chicago’s
A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names but are still masters of their craft.
20 Feet From Stardom
American documentary film directed by documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville and was produced by Gil Friesen, a music industry executive whose curiosity to know more about the lives of background singers inspired the making of the film.
The film follows the behind-the-scenes experiences of backup singers and stars Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, and Jo Lawry, among many others.
Inventing David Geffen
The Story about David Geffen, agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist that has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades.
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes
This is the history of the Blue Notes Records which is the pioneering label that showcased some of the finest jazz artists in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Alex Winter explores the effects of music-downloading on the kids who accomplished it, the bands and businesses affected by it, and its impact on the world.
Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city’s early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, the documentary captures the record store’s vital role in the musical and cultural life of the city, and highlights the artists whose careers it helped launch including Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, William Basinski, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo and TV On The Radio.
Dave Grohl explores the history of the Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles, where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were perfected and recorded.
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
Catherine Bainbridge examines the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history. She exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped influence popular culture.