Mon 23 Mar 2020

Gigs and Tours’ Music Documentary Recommendations

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Stuck in the house with nothing to do? Here’s a few great music documentaries to keep you occupied!

Slipknot Unmasked: All Out Life

Welcome to the wild world of Slipknot. One of the most iconic metal bands in the world, this BBC documentary will take you through how their live shows came to be so raucous and truly one of a kind. It features new interviews from Corey and co, as well as the likes of their manager and promoter, plus the full live performance of their session at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios!

Available on BBC iPlayer (until 13th April)

Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl

Kate Nash is an artist reborn and this BBC documentary shows the lengths she had to go to in order to become the musician she wanted to be. Starting out as an indie-pop star who sold over a million records and had a number one debut album to suddenly changing her tune to nostalgic feminist punk, creative freedom didn’t come easily to the British singer-songwriter. Highlighting the toxicity she faced in the music industry with a grand appreciation for all those who supported her during this tough transition into independence, it shows that this girl can.

Available on BBC iPlayer

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

The first proper insight into the Nirvana frontman’s life, Montage of Heck is made up of personal home videos and even diary entries and drawings that take you on the journey of Kurt Cobain’s whole life. Recognised as a troubled kid early on, this is a close analysis of how he went from homelessness to selling multi-Platinum records; but the dark cloud evidently never left him. This captivating film is a must-watch for any music fan, going above and beyond to show the reality of living as one of the biggest figures in music.

Available on YouTube Movies

Miss Americana

Focusing on one of the most targeted female artists in the industry, this new Netflix documentary will make any #hater change their opinion, while giving stans more reason to love her more. Showcasing the hardships of Taylor Swifts’ life and career, from facing body dysmorphia and her mother’s cancer diagnosis to the constant media scrutiny and the sexual assault trial she won in 2017, it really will make you respect the ‘Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince’ singer.

Available on Netflix

Supersonic

This 2016 doc has finally made its way to Netflix! Everyone’s favourite Britpop brothers along with the rest of Oasis, and their crew, discuss their formative years and their rise to fame throughout the 90s in archived interviews and live footage. From their very first meeting with Alan McGee to winning Brit Award after Brit Award and every scandal in between, this is a nostalgic roller-coaster for everyone who was around to witness these wild events unfold in real time.

Available on Netflix

Lil Peep: Everybody’s Everything

One of the most prolific names to come from the Souncloud rap era met his untimely death in November 2017, much to the shock of the entire industry. Combining trap and emo in such an innovative crossover which made him a legacy across the board, Lil Peep was on the rise like no one expected. In his short career, he released a multi-Platinum hit (‘Falling Down’ which was released posthumously) and multiple Gold singles, as well as labelled as the future of emo by Pitchfork. Named after the caption of his very last Instagram post before his death, Everybody’s Everything gives insight into his 21 years of life and celebrates his contributions to the emo rap revival.

Available on Netflix

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Lady Gaga is an enigma; unparalleled queen taking the term contemporary music to a whole new level. This 2017 documentary allows us mere mortals an insight into the writing and recording process of her fifth and most recent album Joanne, as well as the production of her 2017 Super Bowl half-time show. We get to see the blood, sweat and tears put into making a number one Platinum-certified album and one of the most fantastical Super Bowl performances we’ve ever seen.

Available on Netflix

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

If you’ve not heard of it by now, where have you been? Producing probably the best meme of last year, this absolutely bonkers masterpiece revealed all the secrets and scandals going on behind the most disastrous festival ever. Meant to take place over two weekends in April and May 2017 on a private island in the Bahamas at ticket and accommodation prices ranging from $500 (£430 approx) to $12,000 (£10,337 approx), celebs and influencers alike were all ready to see artists like Major Lazer, Blink 182 and Disclosure headline paradise. Until…

Available on Netflix

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams

Filmed over 20 years using home videos, live footage, archived studio tapes and exclusive interviews, multi-award winning British group Coldplay take fans behind the scenes like never before. Directed by Mat Whitecross (the same man behind Oasis’ Supersonic), this 109-minute-long snapshot of the lives of Chris Martin, Guy, Jonny and Will tells more than ever before. From releasing their debut hit to performing in front of 5.39 million people in total on the Head Full of Dreams tour, Coldplay welcome every fan aboard.

Available on Amazon Prime

Take That: We’ve Come A Long Way

As Britain’s most successful boyband reached their 30th anniversary, they celebrated by releasing a heartwarming documentary via BBC. Over this time, they’ve touched the lives of millions of fans around the world, and along with exclusive interviews and footage from the band members and their mums, you can also hear from fellow Tatters who grew up with the boys! Showcasing special places that played a big part in their history, join them on a special journey through time.

Available on Vimeo

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

In 1962 four young men – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – came together to form the 20th century musical phenomenon known as ‘The Beatles’. The rest as they say, is history! In this documentary, filmmaker Ron Howard examines the early years of the Beatles, from their club dates in Liverpool, England, to their concert tours in Europe and the rest of the world!

Available on Youtube

Sound City

In 1991, Nirvana recorded the album Nevermind at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. The band’s legendary drummer (and frontman of Foo Fighters) Dave Grohl felt inspired to make a documentary about the sudios, where he explores its history and takes a look at where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were perfected and recorded!

Available on Amazon Prime

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