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My Top 10 Music Documentaries

There has been a huge rise in music documentaries in the last few years with so many artists telling their stories. Lockdown is definitely a great time to learn more about new genres, the music industry and artists biographies. I’ve compiled a list of my favourite music documentaries that feature the most iconic artists of our generation. These artists have certainly made their mark in music culture and history.

Whitney Houston: “Can I Be Me”

Whitney Houston was a pop icon and still is to this day. The documentary shows how she rose to stardom and became extremely successful, however, it also shows the downfalls and tragedies that ended her life too soon. 

You can check out the trailer below or watch the full version on Netflix

Nina Simone – “What Happened Miss Simone?”

Nina Simone was an extremely versatile artist and she could sing a wide range of styles from jazz, blues, soul, R&B and folk. She was a classically trained pianist and found her talent for singing by accident in a late night bar. She was heavily involved in the black panther party and advocated for equal rights through her music. She used her platform to bravely speak out against the oppression the black community were facing at the time. The documentary also shows her personal struggle with bipolar disorder.
Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on  Netflix

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was a six time Grammy award winning R&B singer. She had an undeniable talent and she quickly became a star in the public eye. The documentary tells the story of Amy’s life in her own words and it is a heartbreaking story. 
Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on YouTube

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Lady Gaga has definitely made her mark within pop culture. She is known for her outrageous outfits such as wearing a dress entirely made out of meat. This documentary shows her artistry on another level with footage of the production of her album ‘Joanne’ and her performance at the Super Bowl in 2017. 

Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on  Netflix

Oasis: Supersonic

Oasis are an English rock band who were known for their anarchy behaviour and mischief attitudes. The documentary shows the band members’ relationships, family feuds and their inspiring passion for music in their own words.
Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on  Netflix

The Defiant Ones

The Defiant ones is a 4 part series documentary that tells the story of producers Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s lives. They’re both from two very different backgrounds, however, their combined love for music and their friendship is inspiring. There are a lot of high profile artists featured in the documentary such as Bruce Springston, Stevie Nicks, Bono, Eminem, Gwen Steffani and Patti Smith to name a few. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone who is passionate about the music industry, it truly was a great watch.
Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on  Netflix

Homecoming: Beyoncé

Beyoncé wrote, directed and produced this entire documentary #Queen. The documentary shows her extremely hard work during her rehearsals for her headline show at Coachella in 2018. The behind the scene footage and the level of detail that went into the show is incredible and the live performance itself was absolutely iconic. The documentary features a surprise performance from Jay-Z and Destiny’s Child who all make an appearance at the festival.

Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on Netflix

8 Days a Week: The Beatles

The Beatles are an English rock band that have had huge success and are considered one of the most influential bands of all time. The documentary shows the band during the early stages of their careers, personal interviews and their journey through their international tours which greatly impacted both their music and pop culture.  
Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on Netflix

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highway

The Foo Fighters are an American rock band and they are absolute music legends. The documentary is an 8 part series about their new album ‘Sonic Highways’. The band travels across 8 American cities to record in different studios with different producers to create something epic. The documentary features musicians such as Dolly Parton, Pharrell and even Obama made an appearance.

The Foo fighters lead singer Dave Grohl described their new music – “This is a musical map of America”.
Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on  Netflix

Miles Davis: Birth of Cool

Miles Davis is considered one of the most influential jazz musicians. His passion for music is inspiring as he said himself “It’s the first thing in my life, I go to bed thinking about it and wake up thinking about it, that’s all I live for”. His style and raw talent has definitely contributed to jazz and music culture in general. The documentary tells the story of his early life and features celebrity interviews discussing his impact on the music industry. 

Check out the trailer below or watch the full version on  Netflix

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