Music Docs

Music Documentaries and distinct concert films
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1.
Calle 54 (2000 Documentary)
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A film featuring performances of several stars of the Latin Jazz music scene. (105 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
 
2.
Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary)
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Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers. (105 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
3.
Screaming Masterpiece (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the bustling Icelandic musical scene. This documentary covers some of Iceland's most talented and well-known musicians. (87 mins.)
 
4.
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988 Documentary)
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A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius. (90 mins.)
 
5.
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005 Documentary)
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Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia... (90 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
6.
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002 Documentary)
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First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco's album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." (92 mins.)
Director: Sam Jones
 
7.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011 Documentary)
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Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day. (97 mins.)
 
8.
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007 Documentary)
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As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death... (124 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
9.
The Filth and the Fury (2000 Documentary)
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A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols. (108 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
10.
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981 Documentary)
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The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag... (100 mins.)
 
11.
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988 Documentary)
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Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s. (93 mins.)
 
12.
The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998 Documentary)
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The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers. (86 mins.)
 
13.
Soul Power (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. (92 mins.)
 
14.
Moro No Brasil (2002 Documentary)
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A documentary about Brazil's music. (105 mins.)
 
15.
The Sound of Rio: Brasileirinho (2005 Documentary)
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A musical documentary and tribute about "choro", an older style of playing that forms the foundation of all Brazilian composition, including samba and bossa nova. (90 mins.)
 
16.
Mama Africa (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary about Miriam Makeba. (90 mins.)
 
17.
Sonic Mirror (2008 Documentary)
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From poor Brazilian kids to autistic adults in Switzerland to Finnish jazz aficionados, music documentary follows the legendary jazz drummer and composer Billy Cobham as he unites them all through rhythm and improvisation. (79 mins.)
 
18.
Sounds and Silence (2009 Documentary)
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(88 mins.)
 
19.
Punk in London (1977 Documentary)
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A contemporary documentary covering the Great British punk rock explosion of 1977. (111 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Büld
 
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Dont Look Back (1967 Documentary)
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Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. (96 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
21.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
 
22.
End of the Century (2003 Documentary)
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The story of the punk rock band The Ramones. (110 mins.)
 
23.
It Might Get Loud (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White. (98 mins.)
 
24.
Hype! (1996 Documentary)
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Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s (84 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
25.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Justman
 
26.
Stop Making Sense (1984 Documentary)
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An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads. (88 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
27.
Dig! (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor. (107 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
 
28.
Wild Style (1983)
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Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer... (82 mins.)
Director: Charlie Ahearn
 
29.
Cocksucker Blues (1972 Documentary)
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This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their... (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Frank
 
30.
Sigur Rós: Heima (2007 Documentary)
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In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland... (97 mins.)
Director: Dean DeBlois
 
31.
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002 Documentary)
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Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid. (108 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
 
32.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live in New York City (2001 Documentary)
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Live From New York City is the chronicle of Bruce Springsteen's first tour with The E Street Band in over a decade... (190 mins.)
Director: Chris Hilson
 
33.
The Clash: Westway to the World (2000 Documentary)
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A career retrospective of British punk band The Clash, featuring exclusive interviews with the entire band. (60 mins.)
Director: Don Letts
 
34.
Wandering Soul (2010 Documentary)
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(80 mins.)
 
35.
The Approaching of the Hour (2005 Documentary)
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(114 mins.)
 
36.
Dub Echoes (2008 Documentary)
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Through interviews with over 40 key names on the history of dub, electronic music and hip hop, "Dub Echoes" connects the dots between of the otherwise fragmented relation between all this genres. (75 mins.)
Director: Bruno Natal
 
37.
1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992 Documentary)
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David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991... (99 mins.)
Director: Dave Markey
 
38.
Pump Up the Volume (2001 TV Series)
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In this documentary the origin of house music is being explained. It starts in Chicago in the "Warehouse" club...
Director: Carl Hindmarch
 
39.
Urgh! A Music War (1981 Documentary)
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Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980... (96 mins.)
Director: Derek Burbidge
 
40.
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006 Documentary)
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loudQUIETloud is the story of this unforseen plot twist. A deeply compelling portrait of four band members and their difficult, tense, and ultimately triumphant return. (85 mins.)
 
41.
The Punk Rock Movie from England (1978 Documentary)
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Documentary on the London punk-rock scene, circa '78. (86 mins.)
Director: Don Letts
 
42.
D.O.A. (1980 Documentary)
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Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen... (90 mins.)
Director: Lech Kowalski
 
43.
My Sweet Canary (2011 Documentary)
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Roza Eskenazi sang the way she lived, with passion, fire and love. This is the story of three young musicians who embark on an exciting musical journey, to tell the story of Greece's best-loved rebetiko singer. (89 mins.)
Director: Roy Sher