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?