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 Post subject: Top 100 Rock Documentaries
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:39 pm 
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Criteria: influence, impact, historical importance, acclaim, direction, and popularity. Does not include films that are entirely comprised of concert footage

DOCUMENTARIES THAT WILL LIKELY MAKE THIS LIST
101 (1988, D.A. Pennebaker) (Depeche Mode)
1991: The Year Punk Broke (1993, Dave Markey) (American alternative music)
20 Feet from Stardom (2013, Morgan Neville) (backup singers)
Afro-Punk (2003, James Spooner) (African-American punk musicians)
Ain't In It For My Health (2010, Jacob Hatley) (Levon Helm)
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (Paul Crowder and Murray Lerner) (The Who)
American Hardcore (2006, Paul Rachman) (hardcore punk)
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop (2004, Richard Lowe and Dana Heinz Perry) (hip hop music)
Another State of Mind (1984, Adam Small and Peter Stuart) (Social Distortion/Youth Brigade)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008, Sacha Gervasi) (Anvil)
Anyone Can Play Guitar (2010, John Spira) (Alternative rock scene in Oxford, England)
A Band Called Death (2012 Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett) (Death)
Back and Forth (2011, James Moll) (Foo Fighters)
Bad 25 (2012, Spike Lee) (Michael Jackson)
Bananaz (2008, Ceri Levy) (Gorillaz)
The Beatles: Anthology (1996, Bob Smeaton and Geoff Wonfor) (The Beatles)
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011, Michael Rapaport) (A Tribe Called Quest)
Beef (2003, Peter Spirer) (hip hop feuds)
Better Than Something (2011, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz) (Jay Reatard)
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012, Jay Bulger) (Ginger Baker)
Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010, Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen) (Rush)
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012, Drew DeNicola) (Big Star)
Breadcrumb Trail (2014, Lance Bangs) (Slint)
Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box (2002, Joey Garfield) (beatboxing)
The Compleat Beatles (1982, Patrick Montgomery) (The Beatles)
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981, Penelope Spheeris) (late 70's punk scene in Los Angeles)
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988, Penelope Spheeris) (mid-80's glam metal scene in Los Angeles)
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005, Jeff Feuerzeig) (Daniel Johnston)
Don't Look Back (1967, D.A. Pennebaker) (Bob Dylan)
Dig! (2004, Ondi Timoner) (The Dandy Warhols/The Brian Jonestown Massacre)
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003, Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia) (Ramones)
Everyone Stares (2006, Stewart Copeland) (The Police)
Fading West (2013, Matt Katsolis) (Switchfoot)
The Fearless Freaks (2005, Bradley Beesley) (The Flaming Lips)
The Filth and the Fury (2000, Julien Temple) (Sex Pistols)
From the Sky Down (2011, Davis Guggenheim) (U2)
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (2003, AJ Schnack) (They Might Be Giants)
Gimme Shelter (1970, Albert and David Maysles) (The Rolling Stones/Altamont Free Concert)
Grateful Dawg (2000, Gillian Grisman) (Jerry Garcia and David Grisman)
Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies (1994, Todd Phillips) (GG Allin)
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007, Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti) (Acrassicauda)
Hit So Hard (2011, P. David Ebersole) (Patty Schemel)
Hype! (1996, Doug Pray) (grunge music)
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco (2002, Sam Jones) (Wilco)
I Trust You to Kill Me (2006, Manu Boyer) (Rocco DeLuca & The Burden)
I Want My Name Back (2011, Roger Paradiso) (The Sugarhill Gang)
Imagine: John Lennon (1988, Andrew Solt) (John Lennon)
It Might Get Loud (2009, Davis Guggenheim) (Jimmy Page/The Edge/Jack White)
Jandek on Corwood (2003, Chad Freidrichs) (Jandek)
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (2007, Julien Temple) (Joe Strummer)
Joy Division (2007, Grant Gee) (Joy Division)
The Kids are Alright (1979, Joel Stein) (The Who)
Kurt Cobain: About a Son (2006, AJ Schnack) (Kurt Cobain)
The Last Days of Left Eye (2007, Lauren Lazin) (Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez)
Lemmy (2010, Greg Olliver and Wes Orshosk) (Lemmy Kilmister)
Let it Be (1970, Michael Lindsay-Hogg) (The Beatles)
A Life in the Death of Joe Meek (2008, Howard S. Berger and Susan Stahman) (Joe Meek)
Living in the Material World (2011, Martin Scorsese) (George Harrison)
Lord Don't Slow Me Down (2007, Baillie Walsh) (Oasis)
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006, Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin) (Pixies)
Made in Sheffield (2001, Eve Wood) (late 70's post-punk scene in Sheffield, England)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991, Alek Keshishian) (Madonna)
MC5: A True Testimonial (2002, David C. Thomas) (MC5)
Meeting People is Easy (1998, Grant Gee) (Radiohead)
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005, Sam Dunn, Scott McFadyen and Jessica Wise) (heavy metal music)
Michael Jackson's This is It (2009, Kenny Ortega) (Michael Jackson)
Mistaken for Strangers (2013, Tom Berninger) (The National)
Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback (2006, Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios) (The Monks)
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006, Jonathan Demme) (Neil Young)
Nerdcore Rising (2008, Negin Farsad) (Nerdcore hip hop music)
New York Doll (2005, Greg Whiteley) (Arthur Kane)
No Distance Left to Run (2010, Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace) (Blur)
No Direction Home (2005, Martin Scorsese) (Bob Dylan)
The Nomi Song (2004, Andrew Horn) (Klaus Nomi)
Paul Williams Still Alive (2011, Stephen Kessler) (Paul Williams)
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011, Cameron Crowe) (Pearl Jam)
The Punk Singer (2013, Sini Anderson) (Kathleen Hanna)
Rattle & Hum (1988, Phil Joanou) (U2)
Refused are Fucking Dead (2006, Kristofer Steen) (Refused)
Runnin' Down a Dream (2007, Peter Bogdonavich) (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006, Stephen Kijak) (Scott Walker)
Searching for Sugar Man (2012, Malik Bendjelloul) (Rodriguez)
The Shield Around the K: The Story of K Records (2000, Heather Rose Dominic) (K Records)
Some Kind of Monster (2004, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky) (Metallica)
Sound City (2013, Dave Grohl) (Sound City recording studio)
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2011, Ice-T) (hip hop)
Spend an Evening with Saddle Creek (2005, Jason Kulbel and Rob Walters) (Bright Eyes/Saddle Creek Records)
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002, Paul Justman) (The Funk Brothers)
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013, Shane Meadows) (The Stone Roses)
Tahalina Sky (2011, Stephen C. Mitchell) (Kings of Leon)
Under Great White Northern Lights (2009, Emmett Malloy) (The White Stripes)
Until the Light Takes Us (2009, Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell) (black metal scene in Norway)
Upside Down: The Story of Creation Records (2010, Danny O'Connor) (Creation Records)
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006, David Leaf and John Scheinfeld) (John Lennon)
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005, Tim Irwin) (Minutemen)
When We Were Beautiful (2009, Phil Griffin) (Bon Jovi)
When You're Strange (2009, Tom DiCillo) (The Doors)
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everyone Talkin' About Him?) (2010, John Scheinfeld) (Harry Nilsson)
The Wrecking Crew (2008, Denny Tedesco) (The Wrecking Crew)
You're Gonna Miss Me (2005, Keven McAllister) (Roky Erikson)


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Rock Documentaries
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I've seen a surprising number of these. I would include: The Fearless Freaks (The Flaming Lips).


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Rattle And Hum (U2)
Sound City (Dave Grohl's documentary about the recording studio)
Truth Or Dare (Madonna)
Born To Boogie (T. Rex)
Twenty Feet From Stardom (backup singers)
The Kids Are Alright (The Who)
Imagine: John Lennon (John Lennon)
This Is It (Michael Jackson)
Chuck Berry: Hail Hail Rock And Roll (Chuck Berry, Keith Richards...mostly a concert, but there's footage of rehearsals and such too)


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Good suggestions.

Brett: I'm considering Born to Boogie and Hail! Hail! more concert films than anything else. They'll both go on the concert films list when I make that.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Rock Documentaries
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It may not be worthy of inclusion, though I figured I'd bring up the EDM documentary Modulations.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139468/


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Zach wrote:
It may not be worthy of inclusion, though I figured I'd bring up the EDM documentary Modulations.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139468/


I'm considering whether or not to bring in non-rock documentaries like that or "Shut Up & Sing".


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I got this up to 100. I'll be making a first draft over the weekend.


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Interesting list, good job.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Rock Documentaries
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DRAFT. What should I raise up? Down?


1. Gimme Shelter (1970, Albert and David Maysles) (The Rolling Stones/Altamont Free Concert)
2. Don't Look Back (1967, D.A. Pennebaker) (Bob Dylan)
3. Let it Be (1970, Michael Lindsay-Hogg) (The Beatles)
4. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988, Penelope Spheeris) (mid-80's glam metal scene in Los Angeles)
5. The Kids are Alright (1979, Joel Stein) (The Who)
6. Searching for Sugar Man (2012, Malik Bendjelloul) (Rodriguez)
7. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002, Paul Justman) (The Funk Brothers)
8. Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008, Sacha Gervasi) (Anvil)
9. American Hardcore (2006, Paul Rachman) (hardcore punk)
10. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005, Jeff Feuerzeig) (Daniel Johnston)
11. Hype! (1996, Doug Pray) (grunge music)
12. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006, David Leaf and John Scheinfeld) (John Lennon)
13. 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1993, Dave Markey) (American alternative music)
14. A Band Called Death (2012 Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett) (Death)
15. Meeting People is Easy (1998, Grant Gee) (Radiohead)
16. Dig! (2004, Ondi Timoner) (The Dandy Warhols/The Brian Jonestown Massacre)
17. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003, Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia) (Ramones)
18. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005, Tim Irwin) (Minutemen)
19. The Filth and the Fury (2000, Julien Temple) (Sex Pistols)
20. Imagine: John Lennon (1988, Andrew Solt) (John Lennon)
21. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991, Alek Keshishian) (Madonna)
22. The Beatles: Anthology (1996, Bob Smeaton and Geoff Wonfor) (The Beatles)
23. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013, Morgan Neville) (backup singers)
24. The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008, David Leaf) (James Brown)
25. And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop (2004, Richard Lowe and Dana Heinz Perry) (hip hop music)
26. Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies (1994, Todd Phillips) (GG Allin)
27. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006, Stephen Kijak) (Scott Walker)
28. Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006, Jonathan Demme) (Neil Young)
29. No Direction Home (2005, Martin Scorsese) (Bob Dylan)
30. Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (Paul Crowder and Murray Lerner) (The Who)
31. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012, Drew DeNicola) (Big Star)
33. Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback (2006, Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios) (The Monks)
34. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005, Sam Dunn, Scott McFadyen and Jessica Wise) (heavy metal music)
35. The Gospel According to Al Green (1984, Robert Mugge) (Al Green)
36. Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (2007, Julien Temple) (Joe Strummer)
37. A Life in the Death of Joe Meek (2008, Howard S. Berger and Susan Stahman) (Joe Meek)
38. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco (2002, Sam Jones) (Wilco)
39. Live Forever: The Story of Britpop (2003, John Dower)
40. Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010, Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen) (Rush)
41. 101 (1988, D.A. Pennebaker) (Depeche Mode)
42. Michael Jackson's This is It (2009, Kenny Ortega) (Michael Jackson)
43. Afro-Punk (2003, James Spooner) (African-American punk musicians)
44. Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (1988, Nelson George) (Aretha Franklin)
45. Rattle & Hum (1988, Phil Joanou) (U2)
46. Some Kind of Monster (2004, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky) (Metallica)
47. New York Doll (2005, Greg Whiteley) (Arthur Kane)
48. Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box (2002, Joey Garfield) (beatboxing)
49. The Wrecking Crew (2008, Denny Tedesco) (The Wrecking Crew)
50. When You're Strange (2009, Tom DiCillo) (The Doors)
51. loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006, Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin) (Pixies)
52. It Might Get Loud (2009, Davis Guggenheim) (Jimmy Page/The Edge/Jack White)
53. Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007, Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti) (Acrassicauda)
54. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981, Penelope Spheeris) (late 70's punk scene in Los Angeles)
55. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015, Brett Morgen) (Kurt Cobain)
56. You're Gonna Miss Me (2005, Keven McAllister) (Roky Erikson)
57. Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everyone Talkin' About Him?) (2010, John Scheinfeld) (Harry Nilsson)
58. Hit So Hard (2011, P. David Ebersole) (Patty Schemel)
59. Queen: Days of Our Lives (2011, Matt O'Casey) (Queen)
60. Joy Division (2007, Grant Gee) (Joy Division)
61. The Punk Singer (2013, Sini Anderson) (Kathleen Hanna)
62. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011, Michael Rapaport) (A Tribe Called Quest)
63. Upside Down: The Story of Creation Records (2010, Danny O'Connor) (Creation Records)
64. Back and Forth (2011, James Moll) (Foo Fighters)
65. Runnin' Down a Dream (2007, Peter Bogdonavich) (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
66. I Want My Name Back (2011, Roger Paradiso) (The Sugarhill Gang)
67. Beef (2003, Peter Spirer) (hip hop feuds)
68. The Compleat Beatles (1982, Patrick Montgomery) (The Beatles)
69. The Shield Around the K: The Story of K Records (2000, Heather Rose Dominic) (K Records)
70. The Fearless Freaks (2005, Bradley Beesley) (The Flaming Lips)
71. Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (2003, AJ Schnack) (They Might Be Giants)
72. Under Great White Northern Lights (2009, Emmett Malloy) (The White Stripes)
73. Bad 25 (2012, Spike Lee) (Michael Jackson)
74. No Distance Left to Run (2010, Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace) (Blur)
75. Jandek on Corwood (2003, Chad Freidrichs) (Jandek)
76. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2011, Ice-T) (hip hop)
77. Anyone Can Play Guitar (2010, John Spira) (Alternative rock scene in Oxford, England)
78. The Nomi Song (2004, Andrew Horn) (Klaus Nomi)
79. Made in Sheffield (2001, Eve Wood) (late 70's post-punk scene in Sheffield, England)
80. Living in the Material World (2011, Martin Scorsese) (George Harrison)
81. Everyone Stares (2006, Stewart Copeland) (The Police)
82. Solitary Life (2003, Paul Bernays) (Richard Thompson)
83. Another State of Mind (1984, Adam Small and Peter Stuart) (Social Distortion/Youth Brigade)
84. MC5: A True Testimonial (2002, David C. Thomas) (MC5)
85. John Peel's Record Box (2005, Elaine Shepherd) (John Peel)
86. Bananaz (2008, Ceri Levy) (Gorillaz)
87. Paul Williams Still Alive (2011, Stephen Kessler) (Paul Williams)
88. Pearl Jam Twenty (2011, Cameron Crowe) (Pearl Jam)
89. Lord Don't Slow Me Down (2007, Baillie Walsh) (Oasis)
90. Sound City (2013, Dave Grohl) (Sound City recording studio)
91. Lemmy (2010, Greg Olliver and Wes Orshosk) (Lemmy Kilmister)
92. Grateful Dawg (2000, Gillian Grisman) (Jerry Garcia and David Grisman)
93. Nerdcore Rising (2008, Negin Farsad) (Nerdcore hip hop music)
94. Ain't In It For My Health (2010, Jacob Hatley) (Levon Helm)
95. Until the Light Takes Us (2009, Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell) (black metal scene in Norway)
96. Mistaken for Strangers (2013, Tom Berninger) (The National)
97. Better Than Something (2011, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz) (Jay Reatard)
98. The Last Days of Left Eye (2007, Lauren Lazin) (Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez)
99. The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013, Shane Meadows) (The Stone Roses)
100. Spend an Evening with Saddle Creek (2005, Jason Kulbel and Rob Walters) (Bright Eyes/Saddle Creek Records)


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 Post subject: Re: Top 100 Rock Documentaries
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The list is way too white and way too oriented towards modern years of rock.

Where are these?

Soul Survivor - The James Brown Story
Sam Cooke. Crossing Over
PBS Documentary "History of Rock & Roll"
LIFE COULD BE A DREAM
Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop
This Is Elvis
The Influence of Elvis Presley
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever
Marvin Gaye
Save the Children
The T.A.M.I. Show (This is probably number one)
American Masters Episode: Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend
Gospel According to Al Green
Wattstax (1973 Documentary)
Remembering Otis
Only the Strong Survive
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia
Woodstock
The Night James Brown Saved Boston


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These i'll definitely make room for
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Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
The Gospel According to Al Green
PBS Documentary "History of Rock & Roll"
Life Could Be a Dream
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever (I haven't seen this, but it looks to be a doc and not a concert film)
The Night James Brown Saved Boston
Remembering Otis
Sam Cooke. Crossing Over


I'm not including concert films in this list - i'm making a completely separate list for them - so these are out:
Quote:
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia
Marvin Gaye (if you're referring to this)
Only the Strong Survive
Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop
The T.A.M.I. Show
Wattstax


These are out-of-print, super obscure and I have never heard of them. Perhaps you can tell me whether they are a concert film or not and then i'll research if and where to put them in?
Quote:
The Influence of Elvis Presley
Save the Children
Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend
Soul Survivor - The James Brown Story


I don't know about "This is Elvis" because it isn't a pure documentary: there are large portions where Elvis is played by actors doing re-enactments.


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The Influence of Elvis Presley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=636V3uY87ck

Soul Survivor - The James Brown Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBKz8pDNuto


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Added:
Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul #55
The Gospel According to Al Green: #35
The Night James Brown Saved Boston: #24
Sam Cooke: Crossing Over: #71


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7. Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008, Sacha Gervasi) (Anvil)


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Although Don't Look Back is already at 10 it could move up more. It is (as far as I know) the first rock documentary and lots of the images & quotes are iconic. Particularly the Subterranean Homesick Blues sequence, which you could say was important being an early example of a music video before videos were actually a thing. The video, as well as much of the movie itself, has been parodied and paid homage to tons of times. If it did pretty much invent the modern rock doc (which even Roger Ebert claimed in his review of it) then it'd make sense to put it higher.


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