7.7/10
425
5 user 3 critic

Before the Music Dies (2006)

With outstanding performances and revealing interviews Before the Music Dies takes a critical look at the homogenization of popular music with commentary by some of the industry's biggest ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Happiness Is (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Declaration of Independence famously grants us the right to pursue happiness. And Americans spend great amounts of time and energy chasing it. But for many people, we're not even sure ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Shapter
Stars: The Dalai Lama, Matthew John Dowd, Daniel Gilbert
The Road to ACL (TV Movie 2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Every band has a story. Every fan has a story. "The Road to ACL" captures fans and bands as they converge at the Austin City Limits Festival. Production, mainly showcasing the best live ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Shapter
Stars: Twenty One Pilots, Run the Jewels, Gary Clark Jr.
Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of the disappearance of Francis, a beautiful young bank teller missing since her car was found submerged in a river in 1974. She has become the subject of myth and legend, and the town and townspeople have never been the same.

Director: Andrew Shapter
Stars: Leilani Galvan, Russell Gustave Ochoa, Helena Stoddard
Mommy I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Bird (1988)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Jesse Vile
Stars: Jason Becker, Dan Alvarez, Ehren Becker
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary which examines copyright issues in the information age.

Director: Brett Gaylor
Stars: Cory Doctorow
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Tim Irwin
Stars: Milo Auckerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett
De Palma (2015)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary about writer and director, Brian De Palma.

Directors: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow
Stars: Brian De Palma
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Herself - Musician
...
Himself - Musician
...
Himself - Musician
...
Herself - Musician
...
Himself - Musician
Blaze ...
Themselves - Austin, TX
Edna Gunderson ...
Herself - Senior Music Critic, USA Today
Alan Light ...
Himself - Writer, Rolling Stone
Toure ...
Himself - Pop Culture Correspondent, CNN (as Touré)
Nancy Giles ...
Herself - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ
Kacy Crowley ...
Herself - Musician
Bob Schneider ...
Himself - Musician
Steve Poltz ...
Himself - Musician
...
Herself
...
Himself - Musician
Edit

Storyline

With outstanding performances and revealing interviews Before the Music Dies takes a critical look at the homogenization of popular music with commentary by some of the industry's biggest talents like Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Bonnie Raitt and more. Using historic footage the film looks at the evolution of American music and the artists who created it and pulls back the curtain (in a very creative way) to expose the sad truth behind today's "artificial" music stars. "The reality is that superficiality is in," says Marsalis. "And depth and quality is kind of out." Inspired by the death of his brother, director Andrew Shapter and his crew traveled thousands of miles, visiting dozens of cities, speaking with hundreds of fans, journalists, record executives and musicians while searching for "real" American music. What they found were mega-talents without a major label, including one artist Eric Clapton believes is "the real thing." Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

B4md  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Herself - Musician: There are three kinds of artists. The first kind are the ones who hurt to do what they do. It hurts to write, there's pain involved, there's experience in there, there's blood. The second kind of artist imitates the ones in pain. The third kind of artist just do what somebody tell them to do, learn the step, wear this wig, shake your ass, watch yourself. The first kind of artist are the ones who are more popular than the amount of money they receive. The second kind of artist is usually the ...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nice Documentary
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Before the Music Dies (2006)

*** (out of 4)

Pretty good documentary that takes a look at the music business and tells why rock, bluegrass and other smaller genres are getting hard to find. The film naturally blames MTV and the likes for reasons why Spears and her type sell twenty-million records. There are some pretty harsh yet funny comments from the cast, which includes Eric Clapton, Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews and Bonnie Raitt. Various topics from downloading songs to live shows are discussed and while the documentary doesn't say anything we don't already know it does manage to be entertaining from start to finish.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pretty biased and petty doc. Cinefilodough
DVD? megclare_1979
Song question gbrl_vendetta
another song question vishal-3
Screenings of Before the Music Dies in London! pete-798
internet radio station james_logan_howlett
Discuss Before the Music Dies (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page