Keith Richards, the Doors, Amy and More Docs!

 
 
 

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If you're in the mood to watch a music documentary, here are the best on Netflix, according to Thrillist.

Amy (2015)"The film largely looks at Winehouse's struggle with addiction and fame’s effect on it, without sensationalizing her pain. It tenderly focuses on the whole picture of who she was as an individual, hugely popular recording artist and otherwise."

Biggie & Tupac (2002)"In his treatment of hip-hop's biggest feud, [documentarian Nick Broomfield] frequently skirts the line between cold, hard facts and nutty conspiracy theories, which is itself revealing in the case of two murders that, despite the media scrutiny and a multitude of witnesses, remain unsolved."

Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)"Gaga: Five Foot Two contextualizes the woman behind the belted anthems in everyday life, from seconds before her big Super Bowl halftime show to the doctor's office, where reality hits hard. As MTV's Diary once bluntly stated, 'You think you know... but you have no idea.'"

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)"This three-hour-and-28-minute doc explores every facet of Harrison's quirky personality, and makes the case that his cultural impact -- as an underrated Beatles songwriter, a vivid solo performer, a movie producer (and the reason most of us Americans know Monty Python) and a pioneer in the realm of benefit concerts -- can't be denied."

History of the Eagles (2013)"Perhaps the ultimate dad band, the Eagles went full-on bloat for this three-hour (yes!) documentary in which the viewer learns that these dudes take themselves VERY seriously."

I Called Him Morgan (2016)"The story of jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, who was shot to death following a gig during a New York City blizzard, and his wife/murderer is singular, making I Called Him Morgan necessary viewing for any jazz fan and everyone interested in the limits of human relationships."

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2016)"EDM superstar Steve Aoki is the son of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki and is known for throwing cakes into audience member's faces during crazed, acrobatic live sets. These two facts probably confirm whatever preconceived notions of EDM non-fans hold, but this look at Aoki's career and approach to music also illuminate a scene too often stereotyped as just a bunch of rich kids doing molly and dancing. Though that's there, too."

Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)"If there ever was a quintessential rock star, it may as well be Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones’ guitarist had his heyday in the rock and roll-, drug-, and sex-entrenched ’60s and ’70s, but this documentary proves he’s just as interesting and still on a high -- albeit an emotional one -- today."

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)"In the early 2000s, Metallica took the drastic step of hiring a therapist to help them work through the (many, many) intrapersonal issues they'd built up after spending more than a decade together. The resulting album, St. Anger, famously inspired divided opinions (what the hell is going on with those drums?), but the documentary is a masterpiece."

Quincy (2018)"Featuring a number of exclusive interviews, Quincy Jones will feel like an old friend by the end of the film, one with particularly interesting stories about Lionel Richie and other icons."

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)"Through interviews and archival footage, this somewhat standard approach to documentary filmmaking uncovers new layers of a totally nonstandard performer."

When You’re Strange (2009)"Chances are if you’re a fan of the Doors, you’ve seen the Oliver Stone-directed, Val Kilmer-led 1991 biopic about the band. But if you’re a real Doors aficionado, you probably felt the film didn’t accurately represent JimMorrison like friends of his expressed upon the film’s release. If that’s the case, When You’re Strange is more likely the film about the "Light My Fire" group for you."

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