Rockumentaries

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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
 
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Lemmy (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister. (116 mins.)
 
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God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2011 Documentary)
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Ozzy Osbourne's four decade track record as a culturally relevant artist is unprecedented, but his personal struggles have been shrouded in secrecy... (120 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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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.)
 
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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.)
 
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Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal (2006 Documentary)
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The GET THRASHED journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica and several other bands laid the groundwork... (100 mins.)
Director: Rick Ernst
 
8.
We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary following the Ozzfest Tour in 1999, with live music and interviews interspersed. Featuring the band members from Black Sabath, Primus, Slayer, Rob Zombie, Buckethead, System of a Down and others. (90 mins.)
 
9.
Baby Snakes (1979 Documentary)
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Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation. (166 mins.)
Director: Frank Zappa
 
10.
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
 
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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
 
12.
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005 Documentary)
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An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion. (96 mins.)
 
13.
Global Metal (2008 Documentary)
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A continued examination of the heavy metal subculture focusing on the adaptation and performance of heavy metal in various global communities, and how the increased import of Western cultural forms has impacted new global markets. (93 mins.)
 
14.
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 Documentary)
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A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band's front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans. (112 mins.)
 
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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style. (107 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
18.
Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock (2012 Documentary)
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Director: Bob Smeaton
 
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The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2009 Documentary)
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In 2007 the legendary American duo White Stripes toured Canada. Besides playing the usual venues they challenged themselves and played in buses... (93 mins.)
Director: Emmett Malloy
 
20.
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.)
 
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The Song Remains the Same (1976 Documentary)
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A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band. (137 mins.)
 
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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973 Documentary)
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The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars... (90 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
End of the Century (2003 Documentary)
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The story of the punk rock band The Ramones. (110 mins.)
 
25.
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987 Documentary)
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This documentary movie covers two concerts at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, and also discusses his life and career. (120 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
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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.)
 
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The Grateful Dead (1977 Documentary)
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The Grateful Dead performs live at Winterland in San Francisco in October 1974. (131 mins.)
 
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Rainbow Bridge (1972 Documentary)
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A documentary about various singers, musicians, artists, astrologers, etc., who attended a "New Age" gathering in Maui, Hawaii. (108 mins.)
Director: Chuck Wein
 
29.
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Documentary)
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A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert (17 mins.)
 
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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
 
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Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life (2006 Documentary)
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This documentary is a considered look at the continuing story of Metal, in the words of the people that make it...
Director: Dick Carruthers
 
32.
Pink Floyd at Pompeii (1972 Documentary)
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Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts)... (92 mins.)
Director: Adrian Maben
 
33.
Year of the Horse (1997 Documentary)
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This film documents Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 1996 concert tour. Jim Jarmusch interviews the band about their long history, and we see backstage footage from the 1970s and 1980s. (106 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
34.
Hey! Is Dee Dee Home? (2002 Documentary)
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This program features Lech Kowalski's 2003 documentary feature about the life and times of Ramones bassist and all-star burn out... (63 mins.)
Director: Lech Kowalski
 
35.
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012 Documentary)
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Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound. (100 mins.)
Director: Jay Bulger
 
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Bitchcraft (1997 Documentary)
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(76 mins.)
Director: Olivier Jansen
 
37.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013 Documentary)
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The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon. (85 mins.)
 
38.
Rock Prophecies (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary about rock 'n' roll photographer Robert M. Knight and his mission to find the world's best new guitar player. (80 mins.)
Director: John Chester
 
39.
Waking Up Dead (2005 Documentary)
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A 4-years-in-the-making documentary on Phil Varone, a former drummer for rock bands Saigon Kick and Skid Row, argues that idea that life inside the music world can destroy the families, careers and the very lives of rock musicians.
Director: Fabio Jafet
 
40.
Three Days (1999 Documentary)
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(84 mins.)
 
41.
Sunset Strip (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the famous Los Angeles street. (96 mins.)
Director: Hans Fjellestad
 
42.
Until the Light Takes Us (2008 Documentary)
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Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson. (93 mins.)
 
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Last Days Here (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back. (91 mins.)
 
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Slow Southern Steel (2010 Documentary)
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A film about heavy music in the modern American South, as told by the very people who have created this music during the last two decades... (90 mins.)
 
45.
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
 
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Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993 Documentary)
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Documentary about notorious punk rock performer GG Allin. (52 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
 
47.
Edgeplay (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary feature film about the 1970's seminal all girl band, The Runaways. (110 mins.)
 
48.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012 Documentary)
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When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again. 22 years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes. (87 mins.)
Director: Jesse Vile
 
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Such Hawks Such Hounds (2008 Documentary)
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Such Hawks Such Hounds explores the music and musicians of the American hard rock underground circa 1970-2007... (84 mins.)