Must See Music Documentaries

A list of the best music documentaries Ive seen
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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
Behind the Music (1997 TV Series)
Episode: Megadeth (2001)
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Musical artists, their careers, their highs, their lows and everything in between are profiled and interviewed.
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011 Documentary)
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Rising from the ashes of Nirvana, the Foo Fighters became a Grammy-winning sensation on their own. Sixteen... (150 mins.)
Director: James Moll
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
Nirvana Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate look into one of the most influencing bands in music. NIRVANA , as they perform in this collage of performances, interviews , and touring. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Kerslake
 
17.
Once Upon a Time in Norway (2007 Documentary)
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Interviews with central members of early Norwegian black metal bands about Mayhem, the early black metal scene and the crimes they committed. (60 mins.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story (2013 Documentary)
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In 1973, an album was released that against all odds and expectations went to the top of the UK charts...
Director: Matt O'Casey
 
22.
Muscle Shoals (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman". (111 mins.)
 
23.
Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015 Documentary)
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An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. (145 mins.)
Director: Brett Morgen
 
24.
Soaked in Bleach (2015 Documentary)
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Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain. (90 mins.)
 
25.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007 Documentary)
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"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before. (239 mins.)
 
26.
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
 
27.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
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Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
28.
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
 
29.
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)
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A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren... (103 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
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