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MusicLover7 08-04-2019 01:19 PM

40 Greatest Rock Documentaries
Burning guitars, big suits, meeting the Beatles — the concert films and rockumentaries that stand head and shoulders above the rest

The movies started flirting with what would be called “rock & roll” from the very beginning, slapping Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” onto a scene in the juvenile-delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and co-opting Elvis Presley’s proto-punk pout for the big screen as soon as they could. But there’s nothing like the real thing when it comes to seeing those historical musical moments, which is where documentaries come in: A number of nonfiction filmmakers saw the advantage of capturing these artists onstage, backstage or behind the scenes — partially for posterity, partially for plain old reportage and partially for the second-hand high of it all.

So we’ve compiled the 40 greatest rock documentaries, or “rockumentaries,” of all time — the concert films, fly-on-the-wall tour chronicles, artist portraits and cinematic punk and hip-hop cultural surveys that have set the standard and still stand out. (If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes something under its banner, then it made our cut — hence the inclusion of hip-hop docs but no jazz or world-music docs. Very sorry, Buena Vista Social Club, we still love you.) Play this list loud.

MusicLover7 08-04-2019 01:54 PM

Re: 40 Greatest Rock Documentaries
3. ‘Gimme Shelter’ (1970)

‘Gimme Shelter’ stinks! :frown:

dwill123 08-05-2019 05:35 PM

Re: 40 Greatest Rock Documentaries
'The Last Waltz'

MusicLover7 08-05-2019 05:44 PM

Re: 40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

Originally Posted by dwill123 (Post 1287066)
'The Last Waltz'

It's number 2 on the list.

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