These are some amazing films (biopics/docs) about bands to watch any day if you have the chance to... By the way I found a video on YT of the full documentary about Britpop so I posted it too..
10. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
An amazing documentary about the canadian band Anvil and the struggle of their two remaining members to keep making music despite the fact that they have lost fame and earn less money, even though they are recognized as an influence for bands like Metallica, Megadeth and other metal bands.
09. Control (2007)
The biopic about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis who killed himself at the beginning of the band's American tour. It stars Sam Riley as Curtis and is directed by Anton Corbjn. A really cool movie which develops Curtis' life since the beginning of Joy Division, through his marrying and ending with his suicide.
08. Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop (2003)
Well, well, well. I found the complete documentary online on YT. Here it is:
Documentary film written and directed by John Dower. The documentary is a study of popular culture in the United Kingdom during the mid to late 1990s. The focus of the piece is British popular music (Britpop), which underwent a resurgence during the mid-1990s and then seemingly retreated with similar haste towards the end of that decade.
The political landscape of the time also features. Much is made of Tony Blair and New Labour's efforts to align themselves with the distinctly British cultural resurgence that was underway. The documentary features a number of prominent UK musical and artistic figures, but relies heavily on contributions from Noel & Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Damon Albarn of Blur and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp.
07. New York Doll (2005)
This is a really great film and I was surprised (a bit shocked) when I saw the ending... New York Doll is a documentary based on the life of former New York Dolls member Arthur Kane. The film narrates the history of the band from its formation in 1972, through its drug problems and the deaths of several of its members. The central focus of the film, however, is Arthur's life after conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after struggles with alcoholism, drug abuse, an attempt at suicide.
06. Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007)
Documentary by Murray Lerner and Paul Crowder of English rock and roll band The Who. The film features new interviews with band members Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Kenney Jones, and Pete Townshend, as well as Sting, The Edge, Noel Gallagher, Eddie Vedder, Steve Jones and others, as well as rare photos of the four members of the band, and archival live footage of performances dating back to 1964. A soundtrack accompanying the film also serves as a greatest-hits compilation for the band.
05. I'm Not There (2007)
Biographical musical film directed by Todd Haynes, inspired by iconic American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Six actors depict different facets of Dylan's life and public persona: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw. At the start of the film, a caption reads: "Inspired by the music and the many lives of Bob Dylan". Besides song credits, this is the only time Dylan's name appears in the film.
04. Sid & Nancy? (1986)
British biopic directed by Alex Cox. The film portrays the life of Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman), bassist of the seminal punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and his relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb). The film is largely based on the mutually destructive, drug- and sex-filled relationship between Vicious and Spungen. Vicious' mother, Anne Beverley, initially tried to prevent the film from being made. After meeting with Cox, however, she decided to help the production.
03. End of The Century: The Story of The Ramones (2003)
The Ramones have a loaded personal story behind their rise, and it is that, exposed in talking-head interviews and thick Queens accents, which sets this documentary apart. The behind-the-scenes struggles of Johnny, Dee Dee and Joey rise to the forefront, interspersed between the dizzying chord changes and fuzzy drum fills that made them famous.
02. Dig! (2004)
Chronicling seven years of the turbulent, fast-paced career of The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dig! reveals the gritty, messy details of the '90s rock scene and complicated friendships and ambitions that formed it. The film goes beyond footage of sex and drugs to tell the urgent and compelling story of two bands seeking fame and radical musical revolution.
01. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)
A haunting profile of a man obsessed with the devil and plagued by mental illness, and the transcendent music he made throughout his life. Daniel Johnston captured the hearts of critics and fans while being shuffled in and out of mental hospitals, burdened by his demons and liberated by his piano keys. If you actually see this film, you realize what this man could've done but because of his mental problems it all turned out different...
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