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Music documentaries

It Might Get Loud

It Might Get Loud, a 2008 documentary by American filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (producer of Training Day) profiling the recording and playing styles of several prominent rock musicians.   The film predominantly features rock guitarists, Jack White (The White Stripes), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppli[...]

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

ArtMusic Presenter Dave Chappelle 2004 Unrated

Dave Chappelle's Block Party, a 2005 art and music documentary hosted by American comedian Dave Chappelle.   The plot of this documentary revolves around a massive block party that Chappelle organised in Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 2004 featuring a number of popular hip-hop an[...]

Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back

BiographyMusic Presenter Bob Dylan 1967 Unrated

Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back, a historic 1967 biographical music documentary by D.A. Pennebaker which covers Bob Dylans famous 1965 tour of the United Kingdom.   Dylan is a man who does not need any introduction for he is easily one of the most recognisable musicians of all time and rev[...]

Hamilton’s America

MusicArt Presenter Alex Horwitz 2016 Unrated

Hamilton’s America provides an in-depth look into the creation of the Hamilton musical, an American musical sung and rapped-through about the life of American founding Father Alexander Hamilton.   The film reveals how Lin-Manuel Miranda adapted Hamilton's epic story into gr[...]

Living with Michael Jackson

MusicBiography Presenter Martin Bashir 2003 Unrated

Michael Jackson’s private life largely remained elusive to the public but in 2002 British journalist Martin Bashir was given exclusive access to him in order to make this documentary titled "Living with Michael Jackson".   Between May 2002 and January 2003, Martin stayed o[...]

Demi Lovato: Stay Strong

  "Demi Lovato: Stay Strong" is the preceding documentary to "Simply Complicated", within which Demi Lovato talks about her struggles with drug addiction, anorexia, self-harming and bulimia.   In 2010 she put her entire music career on hold in order to seek tre[...]

Style Wars

MusicArtSociety Presenter Tony Silver 1983 Unrated

  A 1983 documentary directed by Tony Silver which explores hip-hop culture and it's links to America.   Style Wars shows how incredibly rich this subculture was during the late 1970's in New York City. Especially because the film was actually made in that era making it on[...]

Until the Light Takes Us

Music Presenter Aaron Aites 2009 Unrated

  Until the Light Takes Us is a 2009 documentary co-directed Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell which explores the rise of black metal music in Norway during the 1990's.   Black metal is characterised by deep usually drop-tuned guitars and lyrics associated with the supern[...]

Hip-Hop Evolution

Music Presenter Paul Ackerley 2016 Unrated

  Hip-Hop Evolution is a Canadian 4 part documentary which looks at the history of Hip Hop presented by rapper Shad.   The journey begins back in the 1970's with figures like DJ Kool Herc developing the foundation of the hip-hop sounds, though the 80's where hip-hop truly[...]

Let's Get Lost

MusicBiography Presenter Bruce Weber 1988 Unrated

  Let's Get Lost is a 1988 biographical documentary about the famous jazz musician and trumpet player Chet Baker by director Bruce Weber.   The film was released several months after Chet's untimely death at the age of 59. Chet had a breakthrough with the Gerry Mulligan Qu[...]

The Joy of the Guitar Riff

MusicHistory Presenter Sam Bridger 2014 Unrated

  The Joy of the Guitar Riff by director Sam Bridger examines extensively the history of the guitar riff.   Beginning with the rise of the electric guitar and subsequently iconic riffs in the 1950's thanks to the likes of guitarists such as the massively influential Chuck Berr[...]

K-Pop: Korea's Secret Weapon?

  In K-Pop: Korea's Secret Weapon? British Documentary filmmaker Adele Roberts investigates the rise of Korean pop music. Firstly she looks into the changing culture in the country and meets with the band “K-Pop” who is one of the biggest bands in the country. This Korea[...]

Cherry Bomb

SocietyMusic Presenter Mikey Alfred 2017 Unrated

  Cherry Bomb, a documentary directed by Mikey Alfred about the creation the third studio album by American rapper Tyler, the Creator “Cherry Bomb” which was released in 2015. The film, distributed by Illegal Civ Cinema chronicles Tyler as he writes and records the[...]

RiP: A Remix Manifesto

Music Presenter Brett Gaylor 2008 Unrated

Synopsis from https://vimeo.com/8040182 Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probin[...]