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Films Showcasing the Music Industry

Discussion in 'Music/Concert DVD 's' started by Tray73, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. jackory

    jackory The NEW King of Pop

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    The Kids Are Alright
    The Rose
    Stop Making Sense
    Sympathy for the Devil
    The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
    Monterey Pop
    The Mayor of Sunset Strip
    U2: Rattle and Hum
    The Grateful Dead Movie
    Rust Never Sleeps
    Urgh! A Music War
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (aka the worst movie musical ever filmed)
    The Last Waltz
    The Song Remains the Same
    200 Motels
    The Wall
    The Devil & Daniel Johnston
    You're Gonna Miss Me
    The Harder They Come
    The Monkees: Head
    24 Hour Party People
    This is It

    I wonder how long it will for someone to make a Kurt Cobain bio-pic? I'll bet it's sooner rather than later.
  2. FretBuzz

    FretBuzz Monkey Man

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    I've got the dvd 'Joy Division - Under Review'. Its really good - tells the history of the band, with lots of photos, footage, and interviews, and analyzes their evolution and discography pretty thoroughly, IMO. I never realized how important Martin Hannett was to the sound of Joy Division's records before watching this. Someone lent me 'Control' recently but I still haven't watched it.

    Another good dvd about the music industry is 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown' - its about the Funk Brothers, the band that backed up all of the Motown singers. The Funk Bros. never really received the recognition they deserved, they were some astounding musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, but got treated like crap by Berry Gordy (who ran Motown Records).

    "End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones" is an excellent film too. I got this one a couple of months ago and I liked it so much I watched it 3 times in a row! (I never do that with dvds.)

    I recently saw ANVIL and have to agree that it is immensely entertaining. I'm not a big fan of their music, but their story is really something.

    In a similar vein 'The Mayor of Sunset Strip' is also pretty fascinating...its the story of Rodney Bingenheimer, who is an LA dj who used to be hugely successful...nowadays, not so much. Although he's not a musician, there are interview snippets with a lot of stars in this film. Rodney is sort of a 'Zelig' -type character who rubbed shoulders with a lot of the musical greats in the 70s & 80s, but these days his life seems pretty sad. A good dvd though.
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  3. FretBuzz

    FretBuzz Monkey Man

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    Actually, there is one in the works now. Supposedly, Ewan McGregor is going to play Kurt (Courtney picked him out herself for the role).

    I noticed WATTSTAX is in your list of films. Have you seen this one? If so, how do you like it? My local Wal Mart has it for $7.50 and I'm thinking about getting it.

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