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Music Documentaries Now Streaming on Kanopy

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Combining riveting backstories with enchanting performances, these music documentaries (currently available to stream on Kanopy) are among the best of their kind. Check them out using your Livingston Library card, or browse Kanopy’s complete collection of music documentaries here. (Descriptions provided by Kanopy.)

20 feet from stardom20 Feet from Stardom (2013, directed by Morgan Neville)

They are the voices behind the greatest Rock, Pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Claudia Lennear, Judith Hill and more. These are the triumphs and heartbreaks of music’s greatest unsung talents, featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage, vintage live performances, and interviews with superstars Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and Bette Midler.

Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991, directed by Alek Keshishian)

A fascinating on- and off-stage look at Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition tour. From intimate moments to concert mania, it’s all Madonna: outrageous, hilarious and uninhibited.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream (2007, directed by Peter Bogdanovich)

The story of one of America’s great rock and roll bands told as never before. Tracking Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their Gainesville beginnings to their 30th anniversary celebration, Runnin’ Down A Dream is the hard-hitting account of a band that became a family and, along the way, left a body of work that is among the richest deposits in American musical history.

The Decline of Western Civilization, Part I (1981, directed by Penelope Spheeris)

Their message is brutally clear: Destroy the old and make way for the new. This is the punk’s violent revolution; their lawless world. A Riveting, unflinching account of the punk rock phenomenon and its alienated, reactionary subculture. This fierce, bleak portrait documents L.A.’s infamous punk bands as they perform on stage and discuss their lives, music and philosophy off stage. Through interviews with punk fans, music critics and club owners, it is a crucial, compelling statement of the most significant and influential youth movement and musical transformation of the past 3 decades. It is perhaps a prophetic glimpse of the forces that will inherit our world.

Sisters With Transistors (2020, directed by Lisa Rovner)

​​The story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today– including Wendy Carlos, Clara Rockmore, and Bebe Barron. Narrated by Laurie Anderson.

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Pavarotti (2019, directed by Ron Howard)

From Oscar-winning director Ron Howard comes this intimate portrait of legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti that combines epic performances with never-before-seen footage.

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012, directed by Ice-T and Andy Baybutt)

The craft. The history. The power. All these elements of the hip-hop movement are discussed with director Ice-T and the legends he interviews —Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, and Ice Cube—in this compelling and gritty feature-length documentary. An Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008, directed by Sacha Gervasi)

In 1982, heavy-metal band Anvil delivered a seminal album and then fell off the radar. Now, we follow the band as they reflect on failure, friendship and following an impossible dream.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017, directed by Catherine Bainbridge)

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Joy Division (2007, directed by Grant Gee)

This documentary film on the influential British post-punk band Joy Division features interviews with surviving members Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, and Stephen Morris, as well as Tony Wilson, Pete Shelley, and Genesis P-Orridge.

dont think ive forgottenDon’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (2014, directed by John Pirozzi)

Through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, this film examines and unravels Cambodia’s tragic past. Combining interviews with surviving musicians and never-before-seen archival material and rare songs, the film tracks the winding course of Cambodian music as it morphs into a unique style of rock and roll. A vibrant musical culture that was nearly lost forever under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime is revived and celebrated.

Meet Me in the Bathroom (2022, directed by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern)

An immersive archival journey through the explosive New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11 and a world unaware of the seismic political, technological and cultural shifts about to occur, MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM tells the story of the last great romantic age of Rock’n’Roll through the prism of a handful of era defining bands; The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Interpol.

Fanny: The Right to Rock (2021, directed by Bobbi Jo Hart)

The untold story of a Filipina American garage band that morphed into the ferocious rock group Fanny, who almost became the female Beatles.

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2010, directed by Peter Raymont)

Peter Raymont’s documentary humanizes the legend of pianist Glenn Gould, weaving together an unprecedented array of unseen footage, private home recordings and diaries, as well as compelling interviews with Gould’s most intimate friends and lovers.

Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions

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