Posted by: ckckred | August 24, 2014

What is Your Favorite Musical Documentary?

Recently, Rolling Stone Magazine has released their list of the 40 Best Rock Documentaries of all time.  Composed of many essential classics and big-name pictures, from Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains The Same to Woodstock, I found it hard to disagree with the selections.  So for today’s question, I thought I’d ask what’s your favorite musical documentary?


I listen to primarily metal, and Metallica was the band that really got me into the genre, which is why I say that they’re my favorite band (though I often alternate between them, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest, or Iron Maiden), despite of “Load” or “Reload.”  Some Kind of Monster is a great picture of the band in crisis mode, stripping the band of any defenses as James, Lars, and Kirk talk honestly about Napster, Newsted’s departure, and inner tension during the making of “St. Anger.”  Gimme Shelter is also an essential documentary, examining Meredith Hunter’s death during a Rolling Stones concert.  Don’t Look Back was the first musical documentary I ever saw and I was amazed how director D. A. Pennebaker dug into the persona of Bob Dylan.

But what about you?



  1. Good question. A few come to mind: The Last Waltz, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, Imagine, You’re Gonna Miss Me, and Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii. I also love Portishead’s Roseland NYC concert/film.

    • Nice choice with Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii. I’m a big Pink Floyd fan and it’s an excellent picture.

  2. Reblogged this on scoopdoggydogg's Blog and commented:
    I really.liked the Some Kind of Monster docu. I was very surprised at some the treatment Jason Newstead received during the Metallica years. At the start I kinda thought to myself are they crazy for bringing in the psychology doctor but it worked! And I was proved wrong. Overall it was a really great movie.

  3. Looking at that list, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party is a film I have watched and enjoyed a bunch of times. Two I’ve seen recently are Come Worry with Us which is both a concert film and a look at gender roles in parenting. Something pretty original. And Muscle Shoals which is just an incredible piece of music history. Some great performances and really famous talking heads in that one.

  4. Nice question. Probably Buena Vista Social Club, Gimme Shelter, Anvil and Oil City Confidential for me.

    • Gimme Shelter really stunned me when I first saw it. A very haunting picture.

  5. Some kind of Monster was a very interesting documentary, but if I had to pick one I’d probably go for Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

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