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Tips on music documentarys

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by DSBass, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. DSBass


    Nov 14, 2008
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Hello. I am home and sick so I would like to watch some music documentarys on the net. Do you have any tios on good ones? Would be cool if it was some bassplayer doc.
    Thanks a lot
  2. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
    Any of the VH1 "Classic Albums" series.
  3. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Standing in the Shadows of Motown...EXCELLENT!

    EDIT: D'oh, too late! :D
  4. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA

    The Rush documentary "Beyond the Lighted Stage" was also really good.
  5. "An Ox's Tale" is about John Entwhistle and it's very good.
  6. DSBass


    Nov 14, 2008
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Thanks for the tips. I will check them out.

    Best regards/Daniel
  7. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Rising Low - If you're a bassplayer and haven't watched this then you certainly need to!
    The Boys In Brazil - Rush documentary off the "Rush in Rio" DVD
    Beyond The Lighted Stage - Speaking of Rush, this is their definitive documentary.
    Iron Maiden: Flight 666 - This is more of a 'behind the scenes' than a documentary of the band, but it's good.
    Everyone Stares - A good doc about The Police filmed by Stewart Copeland
    Throw Down Your Heart - Bela Flecks exploration of the African music and the evolution of the banjo. This is a very good film.
  8. DSBass


    Nov 14, 2008
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Thanks. Wow. Now I have a lot to watch. Thats great. Thanks a lot :)
  9. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    You're welcome.

    Now, get off TB and go watch Rising Low........Now, mister! :D
  10. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    Well, I'm certainly glad to have stumbled across this thread. I too have been watching a lot of musician docs. Here's a few I've seen recently that haven't been mentioned:

    "Marley" (Bob Marley doc, fantastic!)

    "We Jam Econo" (cool Minutemen doc; plenty of interviews with Watt, as well as a veritable who's-who of American punk rock)

    "I Know I'm Not Alone" (not purely a music doc, but a chronicle of Michael Franti's visit to some communities in Baghdad and The Gaza Strip; very moving)
  11. xk49w

    xk49w Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    The 1973 Jimi Hendrix documentary is good. I saw it in the theater when it came out. It still holds up.

    Also the Sex Pistols "Never Mind the Bollocks".
  12. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Plainfield Illinois
    Foo Fighter - Back and Forth
  13. jj4001


    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI
    The one on Roky Erickson is great.
    "You're Gonna Miss Me"

    The one on The MC5 is awesome, too. Can't remember the title off the top of my head but they're both online.
  14. I really liked the Metal Evolution & Behind the Music Remastered series on VH1.
  15. LordRyan


    Dec 9, 2012
    BBC Prog Rock Brittania

  16. A band called death.
    Rockumentary and family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic.

  17. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Tom Dowd and the Language of Music. Dowd was a sound engineer and producer who did a lot of work for Atlantic records and... well, here you go:


    The making of Steely Dan's "Aja" is really fun, as is the making of Bob Marley's "Catch A Fire".

    Before The Music Dies is an interesting look at the state of the music industry a few years ago.

    Some other ideas:

    Sting's Bring On The Night

    Herbie Hancock's Possibilities

    And, of course, if you haven't seen Standing In The Shadows Of Motown then that's a must.
  18. Sound City

    Better yet, get the DVD
  19. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I have to say that, after watching that film, I'd hesitate to get the DVD and would just rent it.