Music documentaries of my life

by KeinMensch | created - 25 Jan 2014 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

This list is an effort to try and record all music documentaries I've seen in my life so far. I'm including anything, from the very best to the worst of the worst and in no particular order. This list is very far from being complete and I'm also including music videos (simply music, like live gigs etc, not documentaries).

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1. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

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.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 11,786

2. Wild Style (1982)

R | 82 min | Drama, Music

South Bronx graffiti artist Zoro is commissioned to paint a backdrop for a hip-hop concert.

Director: Charlie Ahearn | Stars: 'Lee' George Quinones, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy, Patti Astor

Votes: 2,461

3. Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary about notorious punk rock performer GG Allin.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: GG Allin, Merle Allin, Brian Unk Hunter, Shireen Kadivar

Votes: 2,941

4. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

95 Metascore

Oscar-winning musical chronicle that brilliantly captures the three-day rock concert and celebration of peace and love that became a capstone for the Sixties.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 16,159 | Gross: $50.00M

5. Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Video)

Not Rated | 17 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert

Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik

Votes: 1,276

6. Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (1992)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band... See full summary »

Director: David Van Taylor | Stars: K.K. Downing, Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Glenn Tipton

Votes: 297

7. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

93 Metascore

A look into the Los Angeles punk rock scene, that was largely ignored by the rock music press of the time.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Eugene Tatu, Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline

Votes: 3,843

8. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

58 Metascore

Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper

Votes: 3,539 | Gross: $0.37M

9. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 7,907

10. Global Metal (2008)

93 min | Documentary, Music

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.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Tom Araya, Ken Ayugai, Rafael Bittencourt, Max Cavalera

Votes: 4,611

11. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)

112 min | Documentary, Music

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.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Iron Maiden, Vinny Appice, Pat Cash, Bruce Dickinson

Votes: 5,236

12. Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal is the story of how bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus and others pioneered a new form of heavy metal in the early 1980's.

Director: Rick Ernst | Stars: Lee Altus, Russ Anderson, Death Angel, Tom Angelripper

Votes: 1,559

13. Black Metal Satanica (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the music genre Black Metal, containing interviews with bands such as Watain, Ondskapt, Mordichrist and many more.

Director: Mats Lundberg | Stars: Bjørn Almar, Erik Danielsson, Niklas Kvarforth, Mordichrist

Votes: 286

14. Promised Land of Heavy Metal (2008)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Promised Land of Heavy Metal is a documentary about Finland, the only country where heavy metal has become mainstream. Starring Alice Cooper, Mr Lordi, and Ville Valo.

Director: Tanja Karttunen | Stars: Kuisma Aalto, Alice Cooper, Mike D'Antonio, Bruce Dickinson

Votes: 67

15. Heavy Metal Britannia (2010 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Music

Tracing the roots of Heavy Metal music within the UK.

Director: Chris Rodley | Stars: Black Sabbath, Ritchie Blackmore, Budgie, Biff Byford

Votes: 182

16. Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Music, War

In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, ... See full summary »

Directors: Suroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti | Stars: Firas Al-Lateef, Suroosh Alvi, Marwan Reyad, Faisal Talal

Votes: 1,088

17. Punk: Attitude (2005)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock.

Director: Don Letts | Stars: K.K. Barrett, Roberta Bayley, Jello Biafra, Glenn Branca

Votes: 1,558

18. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

69 Metascore

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman | Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, James Drescher, Lucky Lehrer

Votes: 3,330 | Gross: $0.28M

19. Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

69 Metascore

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.

Director: AJ Schnack | Stars: Kurt Cobain, Evan Fortin, Nathan Streifel, Michael Azerrad

Votes: 3,585 | Gross: $0.08M

21. Modulations (1998)

75 min | Documentary, Music

The evolution of electronic music and its many genres. How the wide range of styles and scenes formed through experimentations on sound formation.

Director: Iara Lee | Stars: Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, Carl Cox, David Kristian

Votes: 399 | Gross: $0.14M

23. Metal Evolution (2011–2014)

Documentary, Music

Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper, Slash, Lemmy, Rob Zombie, members of ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Dunn, Scott Ian, Bruce Dickinson, Deena Weinstein

Votes: 2,339

24. Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 15,676 | Gross: $0.67M

25. VH1's Heavy: The Story of Metal (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

The four part documentary focuses on the origins, subgenres, and the bands of heavy metal music, paying close attention to influential bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael John Warren | Stars: Sebastian Bach, Frankie Banali, Geezer Butler, Malcolm Dome

Votes: 303

26. Black Metal: A Documentary (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Pagan/Folk Metal has been growing in popularity, and has overthrown Black Metal in Europe. These bands have tested the American shores and have played sold-out shows. The time has come to ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Zebub | Stars: Abbath, Agathon, Martin Eric Ain, Cronos

Votes: 92

27. Iron Maiden: Live After Death (1985 Video)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Music

Part of their World Slavery Tour, this, their Long Beach Arena shows, have finally come to the format of DVD. Bringing you the early tracks of their career and with the themes and backdrops... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain

Votes: 1,462

28. Iron Maiden: Maiden England (1989 Video)

95 min | Documentary, Music

On November 27th and 28th 1988, Iron Maiden filmed their two sold-out concerts at Birminghams NEC.

Director: Steve Harris | Stars: Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Steve Harris

Votes: 722

29. Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! (1987 Video)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Documentary, Music

Cliff 'Em All, Metallica's first video, is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff... See full summary »

Directors: Doug Freel, Jean Pellerin | Stars: Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Metallica

Votes: 1,399

30. You're Gonna Miss Me (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his lengthy institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth, and his brother's struggle with their religious mother to improve Roky's care.

Director: Keven McAlester | Stars: Byron Coley, 13th Floor Elevators, Evelyn Erickson, Roky Erickson

Votes: 1,003 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Queercore (1997)

Documentary, Short

The urban on-line dictionary defines queercore as "Gay-themed, underground, independent music; usually punk rock (Team Dresch, Pansy Division, The Butchies, The Need, etc.)" See for yourself.

Director: Scott Treleaven | Stars: Chris Freeman, Jon Ginoli, Anita Smith, Martin Sorrendeguy

Votes: 5

34. The Day the Country Died (2007)

120 min | Documentary, Music

Through interviews with major players in the anarchist-punk movement, DAY THE COUNTRY DIED explores the evolution of a genre. Those sharing their views include Colin Jerwood of Conflict, ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Wallace | Stars: Jon Active, Petesy Burns, Francisco Carreno, Gerald Evans

Votes: 26

35. The Punk Singer (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Sini Anderson | Stars: Kathleen Hanna, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett

Votes: 2,760 | Gross: $0.12M

36. Punk's Not Dead (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

On the edge of the 30th anniversary of punk rock, Punk's Not Dead takes you into the sweaty underground clubs, backyard parties, recording studios, and yes, shopping malls and stadium shows... See full summary »

Director: Susan Dynner | Stars: Craig Aaronson, Colin Abrahall, Adri, Lorraine Ali

Votes: 979

37. Inside (2007– )
Episode: Inside Straight Edge (2008)

Documentary

Add a Plot

Votes: 5

38. A Band Called Death (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett | Stars: Bobby Hackney, David Hackney, Dannis Hackney, Robbie Duncan

Votes: 3,612 | Gross: $0.13M

39. Taking Woodstock (2009)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert, Imelda Staunton

Votes: 28,397 | Gross: $7.44M

40. Woodstock (2019 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, History

67 Metascore

In August 1969, 500,000 people gathered at a farm in upstate New York. What happened there was far more than just a concert. Woodstock tells the story of a legendary event that defined a ... See full summary »

Directors: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron | Stars: John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Joel Makower, Bob Spitz

Votes: 1,437 | Gross: $0.08M



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