My Favourite Music Documentaries

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1. Jammin' the Blues (1944)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Music

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Created under the guidance of jazz impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, this short captures the spontaneity of a jam session and is one of few film records of black jazzers of the day including tenor sax legend Lester Young.

Director: Gjon Mili | Stars: Lester Young, George 'Red' Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris

Votes: 653

2. Glenn Gould: Off the Record (1959)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.8
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At his cottage near lake Simcoe, Ontario, Gould revels in his freedom from public performances, playing piano for the audience of one - his collie. ~~ From the VHS jacket.

Directors: Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor | Stars: Glenn Gould, Franz Kraemer

Votes: 50

3. Glenn Gould: On the Record (1959)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

8.0
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In New York for a recoding session, Gould jokes with a cab driver, banters with sound engineers, and tapes Bach's Italian Concerto. ~~ From VHS jacket.

Directors: Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor | Stars: Glenn Gould, Howard Scott

Votes: 53

4. The Sound of Miles Davis (1959 TV Movie)

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Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, John Coltrane

Votes: 61

5. Glenn Gould (1961)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

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Legendary piano virtuoso, Glenn Gould , from Canada is well known for his Goldberg Variations. He hums while he plays which some say distracts but others don't care. There is a movie of his life which is very good.

Star: Glenn Gould

Votes: 15

6. The Beatles Come to Town (1963)

8 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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Pathe News technicolor short showing The Beatles in concert at the ABC Cinema in Manchester, Lancashire on 11/20/63. This footage was incorporated into the 1965 Pathe feature "Pop Gear".

Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 38

7. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen (1966)

45 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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National Film Board of Canada Donald Owen teamed with NFB producer Donald Brittain for an imaginative profile of Montreal poet Leonard Cohen.

Directors: Donald Brittain, Don Owen | Stars: Donald Brittain, Leonard Cohen, Robert Hirschhorn, Irving Layton

Votes: 334

8. Stravinsky (1965)

49 min | Documentary

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Directors: Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor | Stars: Julian Bream, Robert Craft, John McClure, Nicolas Nabokov

Votes: 24

9. Pink Floyd London '66-'67 (1967)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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Shot by movie maestro Peter Whitehead, this film features rare full length performances from the classic late 60's Pink Floyd line-up at Sound Techniques London & material from the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Whitehead | Stars: Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters

Votes: 181

10. Gimme Shelter (1970)

R | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

7.9
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80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,143 | Gross: $0.25M

11. The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1970)

Not Rated | 31 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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A portrait of the great Texas bluesman, 'Lightnin' Hopkins. The film includes interviews and a performance by Hopkins.

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Lightnin Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb

Votes: 427

12. Rock Masters: Neil Young in Concert (1971– )

39 min | Documentary, Music

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A solo performance by Neil Young, recorded and broadcast in February 1971 at the BBC's television studio in the Shepherd's Bush area of London.

Star: Neil Young

Votes: 16

13. Pink Floyd at Pompeii (1972)

G | 92 min | Documentary, Music

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Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Maben | Stars: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason

Votes: 7,477

14. The Song Remains the Same (1976)

PG | 137 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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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.

Directors: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot | Stars: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham

Votes: 6,682

15. Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

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Documentary covering Neil Young's October 22, 1978 concert performance at the Cow Palace.

Director: Neil Young | Stars: Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro, Billy Talbot

Votes: 815

16. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

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The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Alice Bag Band, Alice Bag, Claude Bessy, Black Flag

Votes: 2,614

17. No One Here Gets Out Alive: A Tribute to Jim Morrison (1981 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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Ten years after the death of lead singer, Jim Morrison, remaining members of the Doors offer insight into the unique vision of a rock and roll legend.

Director: Gordon Forbes III | Stars: John Densmore, Jerry Hopkins, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 92

18. Musique au poing (1982)

54 min | Documentary, Music

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Directors: Jean-Jacques Flori, Stéphane Tchalgadjieff | Stars: Fela Kuti, Martin Luther King, Pope John Paul II

Votes: 181

19. Black Sabbath: Never Say Die (1984)

60 min | Music

7.5
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Great Concert footage of one of the best and original heavy metal bands to grace the stage.

Director: Brian Wiseman | Stars: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward

Votes: 86

20. The Dub Room Special! (1984 Video)

92 min | Comedy, Music

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Directors: Dick Darley, Clark Santee, Frank Zappa | Stars: Frank Zappa, George Duke, Ruth Underwood, Chester Thompson

Votes: 163

21. The Doors: Dance on Fire (1985 Video)

51 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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A combination of concert footage, television appearances, record company promo clips and new video footage shows the Doors, a top '60s rock band.

Director: Ray Manzarek | Stars: Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Jim Morrison

Votes: 317

22. Ornette: Made in America (1985)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

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82 Metascore

Ornette: Made In America captures Ornette's evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke | Stars: Ornette Coleman, John Giordano, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Prime Time

Votes: 179

23. Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Video)

Not Rated | 17 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert

Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik

Votes: 1,026

24. John Lennon Live in New York City (1986 Video)

55 min | Documentary, Music

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In 1972, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Plastic Ono Elephants Memory Band put together a benefit concert for mentally and physically handicapped children in New York. Their performance in ... See full summary »

Directors: Carol Dysinger, Steve Gebhardt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stan Bronstein, Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel

Votes: 79

25. The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1987 Video)

62 min | Documentary, Music

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A 1968 concert given by the rock group The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.

Director: Ray Manzarek | Stars: Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore

Votes: 554

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

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Documentary, Music

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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: 1,013

27. Put More Blood Into the Music (1987)

120 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: George Atlas | Stars: Glenn Branca, John Cale, Kim Gordon, Arto Lindsay

Votes: 24

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

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

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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.

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

Votes: 2,636 | Gross: $0.37M

29. Guns N Roses: Live at the Ritz (1988 Video)

Documentary, Music

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Guns N' Roses performs live at the Ritz in New York, NY on February 2nd 1988.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin

Votes: 282

30. Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.9
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A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 3,956 | Gross: $3.75M

31. High Fidelity (1989)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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Relationships, rehearsals, performances, hobbies, family life of the members of the Guarneri string quartet

Director: Allan Miller | Stars: John Dalley, David Soyer, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree

Votes: 44

32. Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary, Music

9.0
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Singer Roy Orbison performs with such musicians as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, among others, in a 1940s-type nightclub setting.

Stars: Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello

Votes: 836

33. Step Across the Border (1990)

90 min | Documentary, Music

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Directors: Nicolas Humbert, Werner Penzel | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Julia Judge, John Spacely, Tom Walker

Votes: 258

34. The Doors: The Soft Parade (1991 Video)

50 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Ray Manzarek | Stars: Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Jim Morrison

Votes: 230

35. Peefeeyatko (1991)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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This Film is an intimate music portrait of American composer Frank Zappa, who lives secluded from the outside world at his home and music studio in Los Angeles, California. For the past ten... See full summary »

Director: Henning Lohner | Stars: Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Matt Groening, Karlheinz Stockhausen

Votes: 41

36. The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness (1992 TV Movie)

Unrated | 175 min | Documentary, Music

8.9
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A video recording of the benefit concert in memory of the lead singer of Queen.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: Freddie Mercury, Queen, David Bowie, Gary Cherone

Votes: 1,270

37. Black Sabbath: The Black Sabbath Story, Volume 1 (1992 Video)

60 min | Music

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Director: Martin Baker | Stars: Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward

Votes: 122

38. The Black Sabbath Story Vol. 2 (1992 Video)

44 min | Documentary, Short, Music

7.3
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Stars: Vinny Appice, Bev Bevan, Geezer Butler, Terry Chimes

Votes: 86

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

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Music

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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: 251

40. The Search for Robert Johnson (1992 TV Movie)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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A UK television documentary film about the legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson.

Director: Chris Hunt | Stars: Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Hammond, Gayle Dean Wardlow

Votes: 128

41. A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica (1992 Video)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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This DVD contains many never-seen-before interviews of Metal icons METALLICA, exploring the true lives of these larger-than-life heroes. The footage reveals how the biggest phenomena in the... See full summary »

Director: Adam Dubin | Stars: Metallica, Lou Brutus, Christopher Guest, Kirk Hammett

Votes: 1,115

42. Unplugged (1989– )
Episode: Nirvana (1993)

Documentary, Music

9.4
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The concert of the rock band Nirvana at Sony Music Studios in New York City that became a live album.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Lori Goldston

Votes: 1,599

43. Nirvana Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! (1994 Video)

90 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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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.

Director: Kevin Kerslake | Stars: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Jonathan Ross

Votes: 2,208

44. So Wrong They're Right (1995)

92 min | Documentary

6.8
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A documentary about obsessive 8-track tape collectors, the film documents a cross-country trip looking for those passionate few for whom the 70s never died.

Director: Russ Forster | Stars: Vyto B., James Burnette, Terry Burns, C.G. Colson

Votes: 96

45. Hype! (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.7
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Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament

Votes: 2,040 | Gross: $0.27M

46. Unplugged (1989– )
Episode: Alice in Chains (1996)

G | 73 min | Documentary, Music

9.1
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Alice in Chains perform an accoustic concert as part of the MTV Unplugged series.

Director: Joe Perota | Stars: Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, Sean Kinney, Layne Staley

Votes: 646

47. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: The Band: The Band (1997)

75 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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An interview show with discussion of how the eponymous album was recorded; all surviving members of The Band participated. Other musicians are also interviewed about the impact and ... See full synopsis »

Director: Bob Smeaton

Votes: 158

48. The Best of the Doors (1997 Video)

Unrated | 73 min | Music

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Director: Ray Manzarek | Stars: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison

Votes: 17

49. Year of the Horse (1997)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Music

6.6
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Neil Young, Jim Jarmusch, Ralph Molina, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro

Votes: 1,593 | Gross: $0.19M

50. The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)

86 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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77 Metascore

The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Stephen Chambers, Flea, Gary Fredo, Ron Martinez

Votes: 749

51. John Fogerty Premonition Concert (1998 TV Movie)

Documentary, Music

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Director: Jim Gable | Star: John Fogerty

Votes: 100

52. Kurt & Courtney (1998)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

6.2
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A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Courtney Love, Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Mari Earle

Votes: 6,176 | Gross: $0.44M

53. Pearl Jam: Single Video Theory (1998 Video)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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A documentary on the making of Pearl Jams Album Yield.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Jack Irons, Mike McCready

Votes: 760

54. VH1 Storytellers (1996– )
Episode: Meat Loaf (1998)

100 min | Documentary, Music

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Directors: Michael Chloe, Michael Simon | Stars: Meat Loaf, Kasim Sulton, John Miceli, Damon La Scot

Votes: 106

55. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa

Votes: 14,525 | Gross: $7.00M

56. The Doors Collection (1999 Video)

172 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.3
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A collection of short films, interviews and concert footage of the '60s rock band The Doors.

Directors: Ray Manzarek, Rick Schmidlin | Stars: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison

Votes: 289

57. Austin City Limits (1975– )
Episode: Lynyrd Skynyrd (2000)

Documentary, Music

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Director: Gary Menotti | Star: Lynyrd Skynyrd

58. Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary, Music

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Directors: Evan Bernard, Adam Bernstein, Tamra Davis, Spike Jonze, Ari Marcopoulos, David Perez Shadi, Adam Yauch | Stars: Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, Mike D, Beastie Boys

Votes: 952

59. Blood Brothers: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2000 Video)

90 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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Director: Ernie Fritz | Stars: Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Barbara Carr, Bob Clearmountain

Votes: 194

60. The Clash: Westway to the World (2000 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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A career retrospective of British punk band The Clash, featuring exclusive interviews with the entire band.

Director: Don Letts | Stars: Terry Chimes, Terence Dackombe, Topper Headon, Mick Jones

Votes: 959

61. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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82 Metascore

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock

Votes: 5,150 | Gross: $0.61M

62. Metallica: S&M (2000 TV Special)

Unrated | 145 min | Documentary, Music

8.8
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A live Metallica concert backed by a 80 piece symphony orchestra, conducted by Michael Kamen. Two songs are debuted, "- Human" and "No Leaf Clover". A documentary is included. It also was released on audio CD.

Director: Wayne Isham | Stars: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted

Votes: 3,242

63. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (2001)

80 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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A behind the scenes look at the making of Iron Maiden's critically praised album 'The Number of the Beast'

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Martin Birch, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray

Votes: 405

64. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Lou Reed: Transformer (2001)

49 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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Transformer is considered to be one of the best albums of the 1970s. This documentary examines it with Lou Reed and engineer Ken Scott talking about Perfect Day and Vicious among others; ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Smeaton

Votes: 152

65. Pearl Jam: Touring Band 2000 (2001 Video)

125 min | Documentary, Music

8.7
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"Pearl Jam: Touring Band 2000" features twenty-eight full length songs from various cities on the band's 2000 U.S. tour. The video includes live music clips, videos, behind the scenes shots... See full summary »

Stars: Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready

Votes: 1,048

66. Welcome to Death Row (2001 Video)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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The true story of the rise and fall of Death Row Records.

Directors: S. Leigh Savidge, Jeff Scheftel | Stars: Frank Alexander, Sam Gideon Anson, William J. Bennett, Lamont Blumfield

Votes: 623

67. A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn (2002)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

6.6
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'Claudia Heurermann directs this fascinating documentary that examines the work of experimental composer John Zorn, including live footage of Zorn's projects Masada, Naked City, and Cobra ... See full summary »

Director: Claudia Heuermann | Stars: Joey Baron, Greg Cohen, Dave Douglas, Fred Frith

Votes: 83

68. The Doors: Soundstage Performances (2002 Video)

120 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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Three different TV appearances ('67-'70) including old interviews, performances and the commentaries about specific songs by band members.

Director: Jack Ofield | Stars: Danny Sugerman, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger

Votes: 128

69. Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You (2002 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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Retrospective look at the life and music of Jeff Buckley through the eyes of family, friends, and fans.

Director: Serena Cross | Stars: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Larry Beckett, Steve Berkowitz, Badly Drawn Boy

Votes: 143

70. MC5*: A True Testimonial (2002)

120 min | Documentary

8.1
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75 Metascore

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Director: David C. Thomas | Stars: Michael Davis, Wayne Kramer, Fred 'Sonic' Smith, Dennis Thompson

Votes: 187

71. Back in the U.S. (2002 TV Special)

180 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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Paul McCartney in concert during his spring 2002 tour of the U.S.

Director: Mark Haefeli | Stars: Paul McCartney, Paul Wickens, Rusty Anderson, Abe Laboriel Jr.

Votes: 391

72. A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2002)

48 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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77 Metascore

A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma, childhood in Warwickshire, life at Cambridge and... See full summary »

Director: Jeroen Berkvens | Stars: Nick Drake, Paul Weller, Gabrielle Drake, Rodney Drake

Votes: 587

73. Air Guitar in Oulu (2003)

48 min | Documentary

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Andrew Buckles dreams of one day winning the World Air Guitar Championship in Oulu, Finland. This documentary follows Andrew on his journey through a rigorous training regime, financial ... See full summary »

Director: Kent Sobey | Star: Andrew Buckles

74. Desperate Man Blues (2003)

52 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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A documentary of the life of record collector Joe Bussard.

Director: Edward Gillan | Stars: Joe Bussard, Susannah Anderson, Barbara Brown, John Cooper

Votes: 132

75. Instrument (2003)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary

8.2
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A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen | Stars: Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto

Votes: 710

76. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (2003)

49 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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A detailed look at the production of the biggest album in the history of progressive rock and one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Director: Matthew Longfellow | Stars: Roger Waters, Storm Thorgerson, Nigel Williamson, David Fricke

Votes: 1,578

77. Slayer: War at the Warfield (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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Slayer at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA

Director: Anthony M. Bongiovi | Stars: Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph

Votes: 389

78. What's Up, Fatlip? (2003 Video)

31 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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A series of interviews with rapper Fatlip that took place over the few days while shooting the music video for his song 'What's Up, Fatlip?'

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Fatlip, Spike Jonze

Votes: 201

79. The White Stripes: Candy Coloured Blues (2003)

65 min | Documentary

7.3
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On 'Candy Coloured Blues' we go behind the music to get the inside track on the making of this unique band. Packed with interviews, this in-depth documentary film takes you where the cameras never previously preyed ...

Director: Simon Bisset | Stars: Greg Baise, Wendy Case, Doug Coombe, Jim Diamond

Votes: 9

80. Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.9
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69 Metascore

Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.

Director: Margaret Brown | Stars: Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 1,059 | Gross: $0.13M

81. Dig! (2004)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood

Votes: 5,460 | Gross: $0.13M

82. Goldfinger: Live at the House of Blues (2004 Video)

83 min | Documentary, Music

6.7
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Director: Joe Escalante

Votes: 6

83. Kill Your Idols (2004)

75 min | Documentary, Music

6.5
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52 Metascore

A documentary on thirty years of alternative NYC rock 'n roll.

Director: Scott Crary | Stars: Ron Albertson, Angus Andrew, Tristan Bechet, Hisham Bharoocha

Votes: 504 | Gross: $0.01M

84. Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue (2004)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

8.0
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Documentary about Miles Davis' legendary gig at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 1970. Includes full live footage and recent interviews with band mates and others. .

Director: Murray Lerner | Stars: Gary Bartz, Bob Belden, Paul Buckmaster, Ron Carter

Votes: 165

85. Nirvana: With the Lights Out (2004 Video)

101 min | Music

9.0
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Director: Lance Bangs | Stars: Chad Channing, Kurt Cobain, Jason Everman, Mary Fakhoury

Votes: 363

86. White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights (2004 Video)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Music

8.7
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Concert footage of The White Stripes recorded in January of 2004, featuring tracks from the bands four studio albums as well as live favorites like the Dolly Parton cover "Jolene".

Director: Dick Carruthers | Stars: Jack White, Meg White

Votes: 774

87. AC/DC: Family Jewels (2005 Video)

150 min | Music

8.6
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Clips of AC/DC rocking out in both Live and Studio!

Directors: George Young, Paul Becher, Derek Burbidge, Eric Dionysius, Paul Drane, David Mallet, Eric Mistler, Russell Mulcahy, Brian Ward | Stars: AC/DC, Mark Evans, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd

Votes: 693

88. The Gits (2005)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary

8.2
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The story of the promising, underground Seattle band, The Gits. Fronted by charismatic vocalist, Mia Zapata, and poised to explode onto the national music scene, a stranger came in and took it all away. A decade later, the legacy lives on.

Director: Kerri O'Kane | Stars: Valerie M. Agnew, Scott Benson, Tim Bradshaw, Elizabeth F. Davis

Votes: 258

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

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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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: 10,622

90. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Nirvana: Nevermind (2005)

74 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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It has sold millions and is responsible for the birth of grunge. This documentary looks at the story behind how Nirvana came to record Nevermind and the effect it was to have on the music ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Samuel Bayer, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic

Votes: 508

91. Sun Ra: The Brother from Another Planet (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Don Letts

Votes: 17

92. That Night in Toronto (2005 Video)

116 min | Music

7.9
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Director: Pierre Lamoureux | Stars: Gord Downie, Bobby Baker, Gord Sinclair, Paul Langlois

Votes: 17

93. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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66 Metascore

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 Aukerman, Joe Baiza, Kevin Barrett, Scott Becker

Votes: 800

94. Wings for Wheels: The Making of 'Born to Run' (2005 Video)

90 min | Documentary

8.2
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Director: Thom Zimny | Star: Bruce Springsteen

Votes: 196

95. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.4
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69 Metascore

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

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

Votes: 2,958 | Gross: $0.28M

96. Dimevision 1: That's the Fun I Have (2006 Video)

73 min | Reality-TV

8.2
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Director: David Lockard | Stars: Dimebag Darrell, Aaron Barnes, John Brooks, Rita Haney

Votes: 76

97. Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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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, Michael Azerrad, Courtney Love

Votes: 3,249 | Gross: $0.08M

98. My Name Is Albert Ayler (2006)

79 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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83 Metascore

A documentary on avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler.

Director: Kasper Collin | Stars: Albert Ayler, Donald Ayler, Edward Ayler, John Coltrane

Votes: 100

99. Refused Are Fucking Dead (2006 Video)

E | 38 min | Documentary, Short, Music

7.4
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Director: Kristofer Steen | Stars: Jon Brännström, Dennis Lyxzén, Refused, David Sandström

Votes: 215

100. Shakin' All Over! (2006 TV Movie)

Documentary, History, Music

7.7
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The history of Canadian popular music's coming of age in the 1960s.

Director: Gary McGroarty | Stars: Susan Aglukark, Randy Bachman, Dave Bingham, Robert Charlebois

Votes: 15