Music Documentaries/Concerts

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1.
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
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Life After Death Row (2006 Documentary)
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The saga continues as Suge Knight, mastermind behind the notorious multi-million dollar record label, Death Row Records, continues to inflict his wrath against former artists. (80 mins.)
 
5.
Shut Up & Sing (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert. (93 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
End of the Century (2003 Documentary)
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The story of the punk rock band The Ramones. (110 mins.)
 
8.
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2000 Documentary)
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A documentary about freestyling--the improvised, on-the-spot rhymes that demonstrate the skills of hip-hop MCs. (60 mins.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011 Documentary)
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A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live! In Concert! summer 2011 tour, featuring song performances and Glee fans' life stories and how the show influenced them. (84 mins.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
I Trust You to Kill Me (2006 Documentary)
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(105 mins.)
Director: Manu Boyer
 
14.
Imagine: John Lennon (1988 Documentary)
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A biography of the rock music star. (100 mins.)
Director: Andrew Solt
 
15.
In Search of Mozart (2006 Documentary)
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The life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (129 mins.)
Director: Phil Grabsky
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Fade to Black (2004 Documentary)
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Filmed during his "Black Album" era, Jay-Z looks back on his career as one of rap music's most successful emcees and entrepreneurs. (109 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012 Documentary)
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On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. (108 mins.)
 
20.
Let It Be (1970 Documentary)
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The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart. (81 mins.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
Marley (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
23.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink. (141 mins.)
 
24.
This Is It (2009 Documentary)
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A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenny Ortega
 
25.
Monterey Pop (1968 Documentary)
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A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival. (78 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
26.
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
 
27.
Rock the Bells (2006 Documentary)
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An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival. (103 mins.)
 
28.
Shine a Light (2008 Documentary)
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A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
29.
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
 
30.
Soul Power (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. (92 mins.)
 
31.
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
 
32.
The Beach Boys: An American Band (1985 Documentary)
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A biography of the American rock band The Beach Boys, with interviews, concert footage and clips from movies and television shows they appeared in. (103 mins.)
Director: Malcolm Leo
 
33.
Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story (1998 Documentary)
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Director: Alan Boyd
 
34.
The Compleat Beatles (1982 Documentary)
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The history of the great British rock band. (119 mins.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
The Fearless Freaks (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the evolution of the Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips. (103 mins.)
Director: Bradley Beesley
 
37.
The Last Waltz (1978 Documentary)
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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
38.
The Show (1995 Documentary)
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A documentary about the culture of hip-hop. Through interviews with some of hip-hops biggest names,... (93 mins.)
Director: Brian Robbins
 
39.
The Up in Smoke Tour (2000 Documentary)
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This is it! Your front row seat to the greatest hip hop experience ever captured on film. This is the ultimate back stage pass for your total pleasure. "Up In Smoke" is it and now you've got it all. Fire it up. (119 mins.)
 
40.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist. (99 mins.)
 
41.
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12 (2005 Video)
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The first twelve chapters of R. Kelly's rap opera in which a one-night stand triggers a series of revelations about the sexual deceits of its characters. (43 mins.)
 
42.
Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22 (2007 Video)
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The second ten chapters of R. Kelly's rap opera in which a one-night stand triggers a series of revelations about the sexual deceits of its characters. (48 mins.)
 
43.
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
 
44.
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985. (91 mins.)
Director: Tim Irwin
 
45.
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
 
46.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
47.
Bad 25 (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Michael Jackson and the legacy of his record Bad. (131 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
48.
Woodstock '99 (1999 TV Special)
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A TV special of the Woodstock '99 music festival that slowly broke down to disaster.
 
49.
Adam Sandler: What the Hell Happened to Me? (1996 TV Movie)
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The story of Adam Sandler and his concern for it.
Director: Keith Truesdell
 
50.
Sound City (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California. (107 mins.)
Director: David Grohl
 
51.
Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary examining the politics, music, and life of Tupac Shakur. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Spirer
 
52.
'Weird Al' Yankovic Live! (1999 Video)
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"Weird Al" Yankovic and his band perform songs from his 1999 album "Running With Scissors" plus most of his older hits...
Director: Michael Dimich
 
53.
Britney Spears: Workin' It (2014 Documentary)
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With the release of her eighth studio album, Britney is back and she's workin' it! This documentary... (60 mins.)
Director: NJ Silva
 
54.
The Union (2011 Documentary)
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A look at the making of Elton John and Leon Russell's collaborative album, "The Union," produced by T-Bone Burnett.
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
55.
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey. (113 mins.)
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
 
56.
Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid (2007 Video)
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The movie contains two concerts of the British rock band Queen. The first concert is their show at Montreal in November 1981. The second concert is their live performance at Live Aid in 1985. (138 mins.)
Director: Saul Swimmer
 
57.
Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of (2015 Documentary)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the popular boy band, Backstreet Boys. (101 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kijak
 
58.
Tupac: Live at the House of Blues (2005 Video)
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This film release captures the raw excitement of Tupac on stage, together with Snoop Dogg, and the Doggpound, this is definitely not one for the faint hearted. (118 mins.)
 
59.
Welcome to Death Row (2001 Documentary)
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The true story of the rise and fall of Death Row Records. (104 mins.)
 
60.
Scratch (2001 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now... (92 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
61.
Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake... (2001 Documentary)
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Before I Wake is unique in that it is the only known documentary that chronicles the last year of Tupac... (100 mins.)
Director: Sean Long
 
62.
Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits (2004 Video)
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Anniversary of the 'Bad Boy's' (51 mins.)