Music Documentaries

20 Feet From Stardom
Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.

All Things Must Pass
Colin Hanks examines the history of Tower Records, from its rise and fall to the legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon.

Amazing Grace
A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Amy
Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

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.

Bathtubs Over Broadway
When he started as a comedy writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, Steve Young had few interests and not many friends outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a few vintage record albums that would change his life forever.

Beautiful Losers
Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard document the lives and careers of young artists and designers who - though unfamiliar with the workings of the traditional art world - have had an impact on it.

Biggie & Tupac
Nick Broomfield examines the lives and murders of rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur and the rivalry between East Coast and West Coast music that culminated in their deaths.

Billie
In 1971, journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl set out to write the definitive biography of Billie Holiday. Before her mysterious death in 1978, Lipnack Kuehl had taped over 200 hours of interviews. The tapes have never been heard. Now they form the basis of an atmospheric, multi-layered documentary that captures the many complex facets of a proud black woman, violent drug addict, loyal friend, vindictive lover and unforgettable singer of ‘God Bless The Child’, ‘Saddest Tale’ and the haunting ‘Strange Fruit’.

Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World
An inside look at David Bowie, one of the most creative and influential rock artists of all time. Featuring exclusive contributions from those who worked with David Bowie and archive interviews with the man himself.

Chasing Trane
The life and work of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, including commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton and others.

Cobain: Montage of Heck
Filmmaker Brett Morgen uses material from the Cobains' personal archives in an in-depth examination of the Nirvana frontman's childhood, music career and untimely death.

Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know
Celebrating Duran Duran with exclusive backstage access, interviews with the band and rare footage charting their rise to fame, and the highs and lows of their career.

Ella Fitzgerald - Just One of Those Things
From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo theatre in Harlem, the film follows Ella's extraordinary journey across five decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and her life.

Frank and Cindy
Frank and Cindy is a deeply personal documentary about Frank Garcia, an 80's one-hit wonder musician, and his blonde bombshell wife Cindy, who makes him live in the basement.

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Documentarian Sophie Fiennes observes the legendary Grace Jones in the more intimate moments of her life, hoping to reveal the person behind the construct, contrasting this footage with clips from her spectacular stage shows.

Harry Benson: Shoot First
Renowned photographer Harry Benson rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history.

Hello I Am David!
Featuring the Australian piano prodigy David Helfgott and his unique views on life, love and imagination.

Hip-Hop Evolution
Hip-hop music first developed in the United States in the 1970s and has steadily grown in popularity in the decades since then. This docuseries traces the genre's dynamic evolution from the beginning through the 1990s.

I Called Him Morgan
Helen Morgan had nursed her common-law husband, jazz great Lee Morgan, through heroin addiction. On a February night in 1972, she walked into Slug's Saloon in the East Village with a gun in her purse, and after they fought and he physically threw her out of the bar, she returned and shot him.

Janis: Little Girl Blue
Archival footage and interviews highlight the life and career of singer-songwriter Janis Joplin, from her musical rise in the 1960s to her battle with alcohol and heroin addiction.

Keith Richards: Under the Influence
A portrait of Keith Richards that takes us on a journey to discover the genesis of his sound as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.
Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

Miss Sharon Jones!
Filmmaker Barbara Kopple follows rhythm and blues singer Sharon Jones as she tries to hold her band together while battling pancreatic cancer.

Muscle Shoals
Filmmaker Greg Camalier pays tribute to an Alabama city that holds a prominent place in music history. Artists who recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., include Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Quincy
An intimate look at the life of Quincy Jones, a music industry giant and winner of 27 Grammys.

ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads
Take a look at the short, mysterious life of Robert Johnson, the blues singer, songwriter and musician who has influenced later generations of musicians.

ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium
The shocking murder of Victor Jara at the beginning of Pinochet's regime turned him into a powerful symbol of Chile's struggle. Decades later, a quest for justice unfolds.

ReMastered: The Lion's Share
After discovering the family of Solomon Linda, the writer of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," a reporter tries to help them fight for fair compensation.

ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
While Sam Cooke rose to stardom as a soul singer, his outspoken views on civil rights drew attention that may have contributed to his death at age 33.

ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in Black
Concerned by a rising rock-n-roll influence on a growing liberal fanbase, President Nixon invited Johnny Cash to the White House to solidify his base in the traditionally more conservative genre of country music. What Cash did instead was subversive and surprised everyone.

Remastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?
Run DMC's Jam Master Jay was shot and killed in a Jamaica, Queens recording studio in 2002. Despite six witnesses present at the murder, no one has ever been convicted.

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.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
A documentary about Rush relates the group's 40-year history and examines its continuing popularity. Using extensive archival footage, it follows the resilient rockers, lead guitarist Alex Lifeson and singer/bassist Geddy Lee, from when they started the band in the late 1960s through to the present.

Sample This
Tracing the impact of the Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache", which played a key role in the birth of hip-hop after Kool Herc began sampling it.

Satan & Adam
Footage throughout two decades records the unlikely friendship between an ageing blues guitarist and a grad student, formed while busking on the streets of 1980s Harlem.

Searching for Sugar Man
Though he faded into obscurity in the U.S., an early '70s musician known as Rodriguez became a huge hit in South Africa and was widely rumored to have died. Two obsessed fans set out to learn the man's true fate.

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock
World famous rock 'n' roll photographer Mick Rock explores his past and present, from London's glam rock to New York's snarling punk scene.

Sinatra: All or Nothing at All
Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, this documentary weaves the music and images from Sinatra's life together with rarely seen footage of Sinatra's famous 1971 "Retirement Concert" in Los Angeles.

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