Watchlist: Music Docsby CossRooper | created - 15 Jul 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
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1. Gimme Shelter (1970)
GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller
When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco's Altamont Speedway, the bloody slash that transformed a decade's dreams into disillusionment was immortalized on this film.
Votes: 10,678 | Gross: $0.25M
2. Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)
TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary, Music
The definitive film about Creation Records, one of the world's most successful and colorful independent labels.
American Masters (1985– )
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography
A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.
Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond
Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
"The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story" (video release title) tells the full bizarre, tragic, but also celebratory story of Syd Barrett, the co-founder of Pink Floyd. With contributions from... See full summary »
Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
6. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)
PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
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.
Votes: 5,357 | Gross: $1.10M
Not Rated | 259 min | Documentary, Music
"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.
R | 97 min | Documentary, Music
Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day.
Votes: 3,446 | Gross: $1.20M
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music
10. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Music
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.
Votes: 2,621 | Gross: $0.51M
11. Queen: Days of Our Lives (2011 TV Movie)
120 min | Documentary, Music
The life and times of the rock band Queen - told in two parts covering in part one the 1970's and in part two the 1980's and beyond.
14. The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000)
PG-13 | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
With the help of her mother, family, friends, and fellow musicians, Aiyana Elliott reaches for her father, legendary cowboy troubadour, Ramblin' Jack Elliott. She explores who he is and how... See full summary »
Votes: 301 | Gross: $0.22M
15. Scratch (2001)
R | 92 min | Documentary, Music
The story of the hip-hop DJ from the birth of hip-hop to the invention of scratching and "beat-juggling" vinyl, to the more recent "turntablism" movement. Underdogs and virtuosos who have radically changed the way we hear and create music.
16. The Defiant Ones (2017)
TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.
17. Pump Up the Volume (2001– )
In this documentary the origin of house music is being explained. It starts in Chicago in the "Warehouse" club. This later became the Genre called just "House" because people wanted to buy ... See full summary »
18. High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006 Video)
64 min | Documentary, Music
HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground ... See full summary »
19. Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno (2012)
52 min | Documentary
From secret Parisian parties to Berlin's infamous Berghain club, Paris/Berlin documents the underground movement of techno through the lens of two different cities. This 52 minute ... See full summary »
92 min | Documentary, Music
Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything... See full summary »
23. 808 (2015)
107 min | Documentary, Music
808 is a documentary film about the inspiring story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. It's the tale of the birth of electronic music, and how one small machine changed the musical ... See full summary »
24. Moog (2004)
Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, History, Music
Bob Moog shaped musical culture with some of the most inspiring electronic instruments ever created. This "compelling documentary portrait of a provocative, thoughtful and deeply ... See full summary »
25. Made in Sheffield (2001)
52 min | Documentary, Music
A look at the music of Sheffield, England in the 1970s and early 1980s, when bands such as Caberet Voltaire, The Human League, ABC, Def Leppard, Heaven 17, Pulp, I'm So Hollow, Artery, The ... See full summary »
26. Synth Britannia (2009 TV Movie)
90 min | Documentary, Music
Following a generation of post-punk musicians who went to form successful electronic bands in the 70s and 80s and had a profound impact on present day music.
70 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
31. 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.
Votes: 387 | Gross: $0.14M
95 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Two men taking a tribe of outsiders on a ride through the 80s underground, accidentally changing music forever.
34. Don't You Forget About Me (I) (2009 Video)
R | 74 min | Documentary, Biography
How did John Hughes capture the growing pains of adolescence so perfectly? Why do his films resonate with those that grew up with them, and those that have just discovered them? Those and many other questions fueled this documentary.
100 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
His filmmaker son probes the professional and private lives of his remote but fascinating father: bandleader, composer, inventor, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.
39. Bar25 (2012)
95 min | Documentary
Four young individuals whose freewheeling way of life, of music, individuality and never ending energy transforms a riverside wasteland into a fantasy land by the river Spree.
40. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
G | 105 min | Documentary, Music
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.
Votes: 16,544 | Gross: $7.00M
42. Maestro (2003)
89 min | Documentary
Maestro, tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream. What evolved was a scene that set the ground work for what was to come in dance ... See full summary »
43. Benda Bilili! (2010)
PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music
Kinshasa, DRCongo, 2005: Benda Bilili, poor paraplegic street musicians, get noticed by a French film team. Studio recordings get their music out on album and 2009, they have concerts in Europe.
44. Paris Is Burning (1990)
R | 71 min | Documentary
A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
Votes: 12,429 | Gross: $3.78M
45. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)
R | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Oasis's breakthrough years documented into a detailed depiction of the infamous brothers from Manchester forming the band in the early 90's leading up to the legendary performance at Knebworth.
Votes: 10,079 | Gross: $0.24M
46. Finding Fela (2014)
Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, History