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The Collective 100+ Best Music Documentaries

And where to watch them online

Scott Vener, better known as brokemogul, asked Twitter for the best music documentaries. He got over 150 responses and I’ve got 110 music docs listed here. Some were mockumentaries, some were films, one was Dissect, and a lot more were gems worth collecting.

I thought it would be a great idea to collect them all, find where you can listen to them online, and put them in some sort of order. However, it took way too damn long, so I didn’t include artwork for most, didn’t spend too much time on formatting either.

Below are the categories in which I sorted the music docs. I’ve also labeled whether they’re available for Free, Subscribe, or Rent. And what type of service, such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, or Hulu. So “command/ctrl-f” to find whatever you prefer.

Free: mostly YouTube or some shady site (watch out for pop ups). And I think a few others require library cards. Just get one.
Subscribe: mostly Hulu, Amazon, or Netflix. I believe all offer free trials, so binge.
Rent: most of the music docs are “rentable.” Prices usually range from $2 – $8.

Researching all 110+ music docs made me realize how many more need to be put on this list, let alone made.

Pump Up The Volume

I was surprised this wasn’t on the list. It’s what first taught me about the origins of electronic music. I remember having to rewatch it many times. One, because it was so damn long. Two, because it’s packed with so much information about the origins of house, techno, and its back-and-forth between Chicago, New York, Detroit, and Europe.

[Free]

Still Bill

I’m biased. Bill Withers is my favorite musician of all time, but his story is as fascinating as his music.

tubi | Amazon | iTunes
[Free] [Subscribe] [Rent]

Quincy

Quincy came out after we collected the music docs, but it covers one of the most iconic producers of the last century, Quincy Jones. Written and directed by his daughter, Rashida Jones.

Netflix
[Subscribe]

Soul and R&B

Amy
Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.
Netflix | Amazon | Vudu | YouTube | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Bad 25
A documentary by Spike Lee on Michael Jackson and the legacy of his record Bad.
YouTube | Amazon | iTunes
[Rent]

Michael Jackson’s
Journey From Motown To Off The Wall
A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.
Amazon | iTunes
[Rent]

What Happened, Miss Simone?
A music documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.”
Netflix | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956.
Netflix | Amazon
[Subscribe] [Rent]

WattStax
Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.
YouTube I | YouTube II | Daily Motion | Amazon
[Free] [Subscribe]

Standing In The Shadows of Motown
Music documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.
Hulu | YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Unsung
A series that profiles some of the most influential, talented yet forgotten R&B, Soul and Gospel artists of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.
TVOne.tv | YouTube | Daily Motion
[Free] [Subscribe]

Jazz

Jazz by Ken Burns
The history of jazz music in the United States, from its origins at the turn of the 20th century to the present day (2001).
Amazon
[Rent]

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
A music documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.
iTunes | Vudu | Daily Motion
[Free] [Rent]

Chasing Trane
The film explores the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane and reveals the passions, experiences, and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds.
Netflix | Amazon | YouTube
[Subscribe] [Rent]

JACO
Music documentary that depicts the life and death of jazz musician Jaco Pastorius.
Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Rent]

Hip Hop

Hip Hop Evolution
Interviews with influential MCs, DJs, and moguls trace the genre’s dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s in this documentary series.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

Style Wars
A music documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late ’70s and early ’80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.
Night Flight | Amazon | Vimeo | Midnight Pulp | YouTube
[Free] [Subscribe] [Rent]

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
A music documentary about freestyling–the improvised, on-the-spot rhymes that demonstrate the skills of hip-hop MCs.
Hulu | Amazon | Qello | iTunes | Vudu
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.
ShoutFactoryTV | Daily Motion (Part 1) | Daily Motion (Part 2) | YouTube | Amazon | iTunes
[Free] [Subscribe] [Rent]

Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
A retrospective look at the “Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All-Time”.
Netflix | Hulu | YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Wild Style
Zoro, the city’s hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. But this isn’t why one watches Wild Style–this movie is *the* classic hip-hop flick, full of great subway shots, breakdancing, freestyle MCing and rare footage of one of the godfathers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, pulling off an awesome scratch-mix set on a pair of ancient turntables.
Ok.ru
[Free]

The Show
A music documentary about the culture of hip-hop. Through interviews with some of hip-hops biggest names, the film makers attempt to find out why it has become so popular.
YouTube
[Free]

Backstage
If you ever wanted to know what really goes on backstage, this is the definitive inside look – uncut and uncensored. Complete with on-stage performances you’ll see an intimate view of what life is like at one of the biggest Rap Concert tours of all time. It shows life on the road, in hotels and off stage in a way you’ve never seen before.
Amazon
[Rent]

Straight Outta Compton
The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
Amazon | Vudu | iTunes | FXNetworks
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Emcees

Rapture
Featuring an impressive collection of artists who have found worldwide success, this documentary series showcases hip-hop’s impact on global culture.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

Beats, Rhymes & Life:
The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day.
YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Biggie & Tupac
Music documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
A mix of Dave Chappelle’s sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.
Dailymotion (Part 1) | Dailymotion (Part 2) | YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes | Starz
[Free] [Subscribe] [Rent]

The Carter 3 Documentary
An in-depth look at the artist Dwayne LIL’ WAYNE Carter Jr, proclaimed by many as the “greatest rapper alive.”
YouTube
[Free]

Nas: Time is Illmatic
A feature length music documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.
YouTube | Vudu | Amazon | iTunes
[Rent]

Jay Z – Fade to Black
Filmed during his “Black Album” era, Jay-Z looks back on his career as one of rap music’s most successful emcees and entrepreneurs.
YouTube (Part 1) | YouTube (Part 2)
[Free]

Jay Z at studio making The Black Album

Kid Cudi: The Journey Of Mr.Rager
The Journey of Mr. Rager which is a full length 20-minute documentary that gives a glimpse into Cudi’s life. It includes video shoots, live performances, and behind the scenes footage.
Vimeo | YouTube
[Free]

Let It Play: Faultlines
Rapper Charles Hamilton seemed to have it all after landing a million dollar record deal – but a combination of misfortune and circumstance ripped it away. This is his story of survival and redemption, both creatively and emotionally.
Red Bull
[Free]

Bad Rap
Four Asian-American rappers run into tough obstacles as they try to make it big in Hip Hop, a genre rooted in black culture.
Netflix | YouTube | Amazon | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

DJ’s

Maestro: Larry Levan & The Paradise Garage
Tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream. What evolved was a scene that set the ground work for what was to come in dance music culture worldwide, a rare insight into the secret underground world.
Boiler Room
[Free]

As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM
A retrospective look at the life and work of influential electronic music DJ, Adam Goldstein, known as DJ AM.
YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Scratch
A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world’s best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl.
YouTube | YouTube II | YouTube III | Amazon | iTunes
[Free] [Rent]

Sample This
A music documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.
Netflix | iTunes | Amazon
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Part of the Weekend Never Dies
Rockumentary about the brothers Dewaele. They became a worldwide phenomenon through Soulwax and 2manydj’s.
Vimeo | YouTube
[Free]

Avicii: True Stories
Focuses on the incredible rise, fall and rebirth of one of the worlds most successful electronic music artists of all time, Avicii.
Oload.cloud
[Free]

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
A heart-pumping yet heart-wrenching documentary about one of the most eminent DJs working today: Steve Aoki. In the lead-up to Aoki’s biggest show of his career, this introspective doc examines the driving force behind his passion: Rocky Aoki, daredevil showman, Benihana founder, and Steve’s looming father figure.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

Producers, Labels, and The Business

The Defiant Ones
Examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre – one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton – and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.
HBO
[Subscribe]

The Wrecking Crew
The son of guitarist Tommy Tedesco pays tribute to his late father and a core group of studio musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and ’70s, including “California Girls” and “Mrs. Robinson.”
Hulu | YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Sound City
Tells the story of rock n’ roll’s greatest recording studio, and the musical magic it continues to inspire.
Amazon | iTunes | Vudu
[Subscribe] [Rent]

808
A music documentary film about the inspiring story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. It’s the tale of the birth of electronic music, and how one small machine changed the musical landscape forever… by accident. It’s the story of a sound that has been embraced by the world’s top producers and performers and has been name-checked on a whole host of hit records.
YouTube | Amazon | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Score
Candid look into how composers developed, and continue to develop, some of the most iconic scores in history.
Hulu | YouTube | iTunes | Vudu
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Twenty Feet from Stardom
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
Netflix | Amazon | YouTube | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music
A music documentary about Tom Dowd, who was an innovative recording engineer and producer of noted albums with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and many others.
Xfinity
[Subscribe]

Muscle Shoals
A music documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman”.
Hoopla | Hulu | YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
A look at the life and work of music producer, Clive Davis.
iTunes
[Rent]

Soundbreaking:
Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
Soundbreaking explores the history of recorded music. Featuring more than 150 original interviews, the series charts a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds.
Hulu | YouTube
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Hired Gun
A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.
Netflix | Amazon | YouTube | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton:
This Is Stones Throw Records
The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-see archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the artists who put Stones Throw Records on the map.
Red Bull | YouTube
[Free] [Subscribe] [Rent]

The Art of Organized Noize
As pioneers of the Dirty South music movement, Organized Noize is responsible for Outkast, CeeLo, the Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family. Their production shaped the landscape of hip-hop with their own distinctive sound, created in the confines of a dungeon.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

All Things Must Pass
A music documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.
Vimeo | YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Rent]

Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.
Amazon | Vudu | iTunes | YouTube
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Inventing David Geffen
David Geffen’s far-reaching influence – as agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist – has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. Notoriously press and camera-shy, Geffen reveals himself for the first time.
Kanopy | iTunes
[Free] [Rent]

60’s & 70’s: Rock

Festival Express
The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour boasting major acts like Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and The Band.
ShoutFactoryTV | Amazon | iTunes | Vudu
[Free] [Subscribe] [Rent]

The True History of the Traveling Wilburys
Spring, 1988: George Harrison asks Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty to spend a day in the studio at Bob Dylan’s L.A. house. The result is “Handle With Care.” He liked the process so much that the five of them, plus Jim Keltner, spend a week in May at Dave Stewart’s house, where they write and record a song a day to produce an album.
YouTube | iTunes
[Free] [Rent]

Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane
Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones mark their 50th year together.
Netflix | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Gimme Shelter
A harrowing music documentary of the Stones’ 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.
Hulu | Amazon | YouTube
[Subscribe] [Rent]

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.
Netflix | Amazon | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Long Strange Trip
A look at the 30-year career of The Grateful Dead.
Amazon
[Subscribe]

The Other One
A music documentary that explores Bob Weirs life, through the Grateful Dead, Ratdog, and his childhood.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

Voodoo Child
Jimi Hendrix talking about how he became who he is.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

The Last Waltz
A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.
YouTube | iTunes
[Rent]

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Contextualizes Eric Clapton’s role in contemporary music and cultural history.
Showtime
[Subscribe]

Beware of Mr. Baker
Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.
Netflix | YouTube | Amazon | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

“Classic Albums” Steely Dan: Aja
Aja was the biggest selling album of Steely Dan’s career, reaching #3 on the U.S. Billboard chart and #5 in the UK. This is a portrait of the making of this 1977 jazz-rock album.
YouTube | Qello
[Free] [Subscribe]

The Promise:
The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town
Takes us into the studio with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the recording of their fourth album.
YouTube | Amazon
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Step Across The Border
A 1990 avant-garde documentary film on English guitarist, composer, and improviser Fred Frith.
Dafilms
[Free]

Be Here To Love Me
Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.
Hulu | Amazon | Sundance | Vudu
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Heartworn Highways
The best music and the best whiskey come from the same part of the country.
YouTube | iTunes
[Rent]

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
A chronicle of Bob Dylan’s strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to “voice of a generation” to rock star.
Mighty Load | Amazon | iTunes
[Free] [Rent]

Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back
Music documentary covering Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.
YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Free] [Rent]

Bob Dylan – Roads Rapidly Changing
The story of the Greenwich Village Folk Revival, and the part Bob Dylan played in it.
Amazon | Night Flight
[Subscribe] [Rent]

David Bowie: Five Years
A music documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie’s career.
YouTube
[Free]

David Bowie: The Last Five Years
A music documentary about David Bowie’s final two albums “The Next Day” (2013) and “Blackstar” (2016) and Broadway musical “Lazarus”.
HBO
[Subscribe]

Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World
Combining footage from interviews with the late great David Bowie and contributions from those who knew him personally, this documentary celebrates the illustrious life of one of the greatest artists to ever grace the stage.
Netflix | YouTube | Amazon | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Jobriath A.D.
Called “The American Bowie,” “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll” and “Hype of the Year,” Jobriath’s reign as the first openly gay rock star was brief and over by 1975.
Fandor | Qello | iTunes | Kanopy
[Subscribe] [Rent]

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock
A joyride that delves deep into the mind of rock and roll’s greatest living photographer: Mick Rock.
Netflix | Amazon | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Stop Making Sense
An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.
Amazon | Vudu | YouTube | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Once In A Lifetime Sessions With Nile Rodgers
The career of rhythm guitarist and Chic founder Nile Rodgers is chronicled in this musical blend of documentary and original concert performance.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

27: Gone Too Soon
An examination of the lives and deaths of the six most famous members of the ’27 Club’ – musicians who have died aged 27: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
Netflix | YouTube | Amazon
[Subscribe] [Rent]

80’s & 90’s: Alternative & Grunge

Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape
Cassette inventor Lou Ottens digs through his past to figure out why the audiotape won’t die.
Amazon | Google Play | iTunes | Vimeo
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks
Shows the classic lineup of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recording their 1991 breakthrough album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.”
YouTube
[Free]

No Distance Left to Run
A music documentary film about the British rock band Blur. Following the band during their 2009 reunion and tour.
YouTube
[Free]

Oasis: Supersonic
An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.
Amazon | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
An authorized music documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.
Amazon
[Subscribe]

Soaked in Bleach
Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain.
YouTube | YouTube II | iTunes
[Free] [Rent]

Kurt and Courtney
A music documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.
Hulu | Amazon | iTunes | Starz
[Subscribe] [Rent]

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco’s album, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.”
Vimeo
[Rent]

Phish: Bittersweet Motel
Bittersweet Motel is a documentary about the popular rock band Phish. The film focuses on Phish’s music, with little emphasis on their die-hard fan base.
YouTube
[Free]

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
Shane Meadows documents the reunion of iconic British band, The Stone Roses.
Amazon | Fandor
[Subscribe]

The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity, and love.
YouTube | Amazon | Vudu
[Rent]

Punk

Decline of Western Civilization
The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.
Amazon | YouTube | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Gimme Danger
Jim Jarmusch’s documentary love letter to punk icons Iggy Pop and his band the Stooges.
Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Finding Joseph I: The HR From Bad Brains
Chronicling the eccentric life and struggles of punk rock reggae singer, Paul “HR” Hudson, a.k.a. Joseph I, legendary lead singer from Bad Brains.
YouTube
[Rent]

We Jam Econo
A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80’s punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985.
YouTube
[Free]

The Punk Singer
A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the “riot grrrl” movement of the 1990s.
YouTube | Amazon | iTunes | Hulu
[Rent]

A Band Called Death
A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.
Vudu | Amazon | YouTube | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
From British film director Julien Temple, Joe Strummer is revealed not just as a legend or musician, but as a true communicator of our times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of Joe’s life, Julien Temple’s film is a celebration of Joe Strummer – before, during and after the Clash.
Hulu | YouTube | Amazon
[Subscribe] [Rent]

20,000 Days on Earth
A fictitious 24-hour period in the life of Nick Cage.
Amazon | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Metal

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
A music documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.
Netflix | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal’s most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.
Netflix | Amazon | Documentary Heaven
[Free] [Subscribe] [Rent]

We Are Twisted Fucking Sister!
They were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

Behind the Music: Megadeth
The program examines the beginning of Megadeth’s career, their road to success and the hardships they may have encountered.
YouTube I | YouTube II | YouTube III
[Free]

Heavy Metal Parking Lot
A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert.
Vimeo | YouTube
[Free] [Rent]

2000’s

Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream
A look at the life and music of singer Beyonce Knowles.
YouTube | Daily Motion (Part 1) | Daily Motion (Part 2) | Amazon | iTunes | Qello
[Free] [Subscribe] [Rent]

Gaga: Five Foot Two
This music documentary goes behind the scenes with pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

Shut Up and Play the Hits
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
Hulu | Amazon | YouTube | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

The Fearless Freaks
A documentary on the evolution of the Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips.
Hulu
[Subscribe]

Hard Lovin Woman
A music documentary featuring Oscar-nominated actress, Juliette Lewis. Directed by actor, Michael Rapaport, the film explores the sacrifices Lewis makes to pursue her first love, music. Can she balance both worlds?
Red Bull
[Free]

International

Marley
A music documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
Watch Documentaries
[Free]

ReMastered: Who Shot The Sheriff
The violent political suppression of the roots reggae movement in Jamaica told through an investigation into Jamaican politics and the CIA’s involvement in the mysterious shooting of Bob Marley.
Netflix
[Subscribe]

Searching for Sugar Man
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Netflix | YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Buena Vista Social Club
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro’s takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who trave`led to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians’ careers.
Hulu | YouTube | Amazon | Vudu | iTunes
[Subscribe] [Rent]

Finding Fela!
A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.
YouTube | Vimeo | Vudu | Amazon | iTunes
[Rent]

The Upsetter:
The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry
The definitive life story about Jamaican musical legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
iTunes
[Rent]

Rockers
Picking up the music’s history in Tokyo, a music documentary by Hideaki Tsushima that explores the city’s punk scene circa 1978, featuring bands like Friction, SS, S-Ken, 8 & 1/2 and Speed. Locals will be pleased to recognize Shimokitazawa’s club Loft, the venue where much of this was filmed.
YouTube
[Free]