We all love to know more about the music-makers who move us, from their personal lives to the motivations for their music. The best way to do this is to take in a "rockumentary" — a documentary about a musician or band. Filled with behind-the-scenes footage, biographical details and analysis about the musician's style and importance, a good rockumentary will fill in all the gaps and teach you everything you want to know about the artists that you love.
The Beatles Anthology (1995)
A mini-series documentary, this film explores one of rock's most influential bands, The Beatles. Filled with archival footage dating back to the band's beginnings, this series follows the band throughout the years and provides interviews and performance clips. This is available on DVD.
The critically acclaimed recent film, Marley is a rockumentary that spotlights the music of reggae legend Bob Marley. The Marley family supported the project, so rest assured that this portrayal shows the truth behind the greatest legend of the reggae genre.
Elvis on Tour (1972)
There is no figure from the early days of rock who is more interesting or iconic than Elvis Presley. In Elvis on Tour, viewers are treated to backstage footage of this colorful man, and concert footage presents his classic songs in all their glory. Filmed over the course of 15 days, this movie showcases one of the first — if not the first — rockers the world has ever known. This is a great movie for families, as even the youngest music lovers may be interested to learn about one of the forefathers of the rock music they listen to today.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)
Although it may make some adults who grew up with classic rock cringe, this rockumentary on the life of young teen idol Justin Bieber may be just the ticket for the young pre-teen and teens in your life. This film follows the pop prodigy around for ten days and shows his young fans what his life is like behind-the-scenes as he prepares for concerts, meets fans, and simply "hangs out." Available now on DVD.
Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (1976)
Although a little different from most rockumentaries of today, the documentary film The Song Remains the Same is a classic of the rockumentary genre. This film is perfect for those who truly love the music of this seminal rock band; it includes the full live performance of their iconic "Stairway to Heaven." It was so over-the-top that it was the inspiration for the mock-rockumentary Spinal Tap.
Those are just a few of the many rockumentaries that are available today for your viewing pleasure. Try searching the net for a rockumentary on your favorite musician, as most artists today that are able to stick around for more than a few years will have some type of documentary available to die-hard fans.
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