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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
 
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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
 
3.
American Hardcore (2006 Documentary)
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The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986 (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Rachman
 
4.
Punk: Attitude (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock. (90 mins.)
Director: Don Letts
 
5.
A Band Called Death (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. (96 mins.)
 
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Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006 Documentary)
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In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts. (96 mins.)
Director: AJ Schnack
 
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X: The Unheard Music (1986 Documentary)
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This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X... (84 mins.)
Director: W.T. Morgan
 
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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.)
“ punk one ” - CoolSchmoool
 
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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.)
“ funny one :) ” - CoolSchmoool
 
10.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
 
11.
Joy Division (2007 Documentary)
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A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band. (93 mins.)
Director: Grant Gee
 
12.
End of the Century (2003 Documentary)
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The story of the punk rock band The Ramones. (110 mins.)
 
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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
 
14.
Blondie: One Way or Another (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary about New York band Blondie, from their early beginnings in Bowery clubs like... (72 mins.)
Director: Matt O'Casey
 
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Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003 Documentary)
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A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer (94 mins.)
 
16.
New York Doll (2005 Documentary)
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A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years. (75 mins.)
Director: Greg Whiteley
“ Arthur Kane ” - CoolSchmoool
 
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Born to Lose: The Last Rock and Roll Movie (1999 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Lech Kowalski
“ Johnny Thunders ” - CoolSchmoool
 
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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
 
19.
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011. (109 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
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The Gits (2005 Documentary)
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The story of the promising, underground Seattle band, The Gits. Fronted by charismatic vocalist, Mia Zapata, and poised to explode onto the national music scene, a stranger came in and took it all away. A decade later, the legacy lives on. (82 mins.)
Director: Kerri O'Kane
 
21.
Don't Need You (2005 Documentary)
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"don't need you" is a documentary film that tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s... (40 mins.)
Director: Kerri Koch
“ riot grrrl ” - CoolSchmoool
 
22.
The Punk Singer (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s. (81 mins.)
Director: Sini Anderson
 
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Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013 Documentary)
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Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop... (90 mins.)
 
24.
Tupac: Resurrection (2003 Documentary)
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Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time. (112 mins.)
Director: Lauren Lazin
 
25.
Biggie and Tupac (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997. (108 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
 
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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.)
 
27.
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence. (106 mins.)
Director: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
 
28.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 Documentary)
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Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (110 mins.)
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
 
29.
Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011 Documentary)
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For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined... (123 mins.)
Director: Gorman Bechard
 
30.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012 Documentary)
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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star. (113 mins.)
 
31.
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013 Documentary)
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Shane Meadows documents the reunion of iconic British band, The Stone Roses. (97 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
32.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Musical biography of Singer-Songwriter-Artist Joni Mitchell (90 mins.)
 
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Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006 Documentary)
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A film shot over during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. (103 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
34.
A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2002 Documentary)
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A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma... (48 mins.)
Director: Jeroen Berkvens
 
35.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs. (208 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
36.
The Doors: When You're Strange (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
 
37.
Jimi Hendrix (1973 Documentary)
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This documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix's untimely death. At the time it was an example of how a visual biography should be done... (98 mins.)
Director: Joe Boyd, John Head
 
38.
Seven Ages of Rock (2007 TV Series)
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39.
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959 Documentary)
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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience... (85 mins.)
 
40.
A Great Day in Harlem (1994 Documentary)
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Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958... (60 mins.)
Director: Jean Bach
 
41.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010 Documentary)
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The life and work of the enigmatic folk rock singer-songwriter. (116 mins.)
Director: John Scheinfeld
 
42.
Heaven Adores You (2014 Documentary)
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Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith. By threading... (104 mins.)
“ highly anticipated elliott smith doc ” - CoolSchmoool