Good online documentaries about music...

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Any good ones? I'm thinking stuff that can be found on Youtube etc...

inside out trousers (dog latin), Monday, 10 March 2014 09:55 (three years ago) Permalink

BBC Robert Wyatt documentary

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Monday, 10 March 2014 10:04 (three years ago) Permalink

ha just came to post the same one. it's good.

Nooye's Vagge (Noodle Vague), Monday, 10 March 2014 10:04 (three years ago) Permalink

almost everything can be found on youtube these days

Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution
Prog Britannia
Folk Britannia
Folk America
Synth Britannia
Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany

etc etc

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Monday, 10 March 2014 10:05 (three years ago) Permalink

the Britannia ones have varying levels of "good"ness imo. wasn't hugely taken with the Prog one in terms of its treatment of the subject but obv lots of good old footage in everything. remember liking the Krautrock one a fair bit

Nooye's Vagge (Noodle Vague), Monday, 10 March 2014 10:14 (three years ago) Permalink

Crackle Box, Monday, 10 March 2014 10:15 (three years ago) Permalink

I found a treasure trove of jazz docs - "1959 the year that changed jazz", was a good one. The one about Coltrane not so hot.

inside out trousers (dog latin), Monday, 10 March 2014 10:23 (three years ago) Permalink

the Walk On By shows are my favourite BBC music docs ever. each one looks at popular songs from a specific era, there are 8 of them and they're all on YT starting with this one about the jazz era

also search the mid 90s Dancing In The Street BBC docs which were pretty much mindblowing bitd.

piscesx, Monday, 10 March 2014 12:26 (three years ago) Permalink

remember liking the Krautrock one a fair bit

The krautrock one was mostly good but ended very strangely. It was basically "and then David Bowie liked it and that's why it is important". ???!?!?

'Art of Sounds' looks interesting.

emil.y, Monday, 10 March 2014 16:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Wait is All You Need Is Love on line?

In Walked Sho-Bud (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 March 2014 16:30 (three years ago) Permalink

the wyatt one was part of the "Originals" strand which also had good docs on jake thackray & mose allison

lames for AnCo (wins), Monday, 10 March 2014 16:40 (three years ago) Permalink

BBC's 'The Alchemists of Sound', a docu about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Monday, 10 March 2014 16:41 (three years ago) Permalink

'The New Sound of Music' from 1979, presented by Michael Rodd, mostly about electronic music, from music concreté, through the Radiophonic Workshop (there's a scene with him messing around with tape recorders and various bits, including the infamous lampshade), to more modern (for the time) synths.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Monday, 10 March 2014 16:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Haven't watched this Beefheart doc yet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBa8bS_vZkM

dow, Monday, 10 March 2014 20:34 (three years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 10 March 2014 20:35 (three years ago) Permalink

fuck--anyway, it looks promising

dow, Monday, 10 March 2014 20:36 (three years ago) Permalink

That is an anawesome doc, watched when it was first broadcast. That was my intro to Beefheart, got a copy of TMR a few days after and never looked back..

xyzzzz__, Monday, 10 March 2014 20:39 (three years ago) Permalink

This doc on the Everly Brothers from '83 was broadcast again on TV here recently and really pissed on all of the cheap talking head bullshit that a BBC-made music doc passes for these days.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 10 March 2014 20:42 (three years ago) Permalink

you might know this mr x: any good docs on the classical music avant garde out there?

eardrum buzz aldrin (NickB), Monday, 10 March 2014 21:17 (three years ago) Permalink

has anyone seen that modulations doc?

lames for AnCo (wins), Monday, 10 March 2014 21:45 (three years ago) Permalink

Synth Brittania is pretty essential, and very exciting for us Yanks, especially since I haven't watched British television since 1982!!

I am Sporadicus! (I M Losted), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 01:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Remember the PBS doc on John Cage? Good times...

I am Sporadicus! (I M Losted), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 01:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Cool doc on William Onyeabor, sort of the opposite of Sugar Man.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 02:21 (three years ago) Permalink

a couple dub/reggae docus worth watching

Studio One Story
http://youtu.be/OdARmTszGCU

Wackies: Bullwackie in New York
http://youtu.be/BxDO_31FqxQ

King at the Controls: The King Jammy Story
http://youtu.be/fVIHkmelZoo

cock chirea, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:05 (three years ago) Permalink

The one about Steely Dan making Aja was spectacular:

that's not my post, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Rokk i Reykjavik, documentary from 1982 about the new wave scene in Iceland

soref, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:53 (three years ago) Permalink

http://vimeo.com/57055620

there's a short clip here from Roxette, a student film from 1977 about teenage Roxy Music fans in Salford, they were showing the whole thing (about 15 minutes or so I think?) at the Glam exhibition the Tate Liverpool had last year. If anyone knows were it's possible to see the rest of this again please say, because it was fantastic!

soref, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:05 (three years ago) Permalink

where

soref, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:07 (three years ago) Permalink

excellent documentary but contains trace elements of Rick Wakeman

first rule of franco club (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:11 (three years ago) Permalink

There are at least two very good documentaries about Momus on youtube, possibly more

http://youtu.be/kuZf3YD1cYo
'Amongst Women Only', 1991

http://youtu.be/MVzyCewxNZk
'I Can See Japan', 1999

soref, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:39 (three years ago) Permalink

Only Yesterday: The Carpenters' Story (2007)

http://youtu.be/SUMnajChiM4

there are lots of Carpenters documentaries on youtube, I like this one a lot, I don't know if anyone has recommendations for which other ones are worthwhile?

soref, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:06 (three years ago) Permalink

http://vimeo.com/344856

first rule of franco club (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:07 (three years ago) Permalink

I thought about that, I wasn't sure if it counted as a documentary, I agree it's a great film

soref, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:14 (three years ago) Permalink

it's not a documentary really is it? but everybody shd see it

first rule of franco club (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Sacred Music: Gorecki and Pärt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7C8c7oh1xc

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:19 (three years ago) Permalink

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:19 (three years ago) Permalink

this is nothing but filth

first rule of franco club (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Yes, the Carpenters had a (hilariously) formulaic made-for-TV movie that is classic in it's own right. Not that I think anorexia is funny - it's just that it was so exploitative....I can't bear to watch the Jackson's biopic again...it's as long as "Roots", I think.

Anyway...for important moments in rock history - how about James Vance and Judas Priest?

It aired on POV, which to some is an example of "far left" public television programming:

http://youtu.be/eDsv_oG3KWY

Also, search UNSUNG on YouTube. It is a regular series on Af-Am channel "One" and features hour-long documentaries of the cool cats of soul music. I would think you need to see these.

I am Sporadicus! (I M Losted), Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:47 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

http://youtu.be/BXhfzkH_u14

Getting ready to watch this....

I am Sporadicus! (I M Losted), Saturday, 12 April 2014 01:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Gosh, that xpost Wyatt is exemplary, re being suffused with coherent music excerpts, especially the concert, without skimping on backstory, other commentary, or visual interest. Would have liked to hear "At Last I Am Free" one more time, but hey.

dow, Friday, 18 April 2014 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Not only are there loads of documentaries, but there are VINTAGE newscasts that make some second-hand sources look like fools:

http://youtu.be/QB74JaVoWLA

I really enjoyed this ancient Geraldo "exposé". If you ever wondered about late 70's America, here it is! It has stuff I haven't seen on TV in a million years, like REAL SOUTHERN PEOPLE!

I mean it's a "must do" if you're educating yourself about rock and roll music!

I am Sporadicus! (I M Losted), Friday, 9 May 2014 17:36 (two years ago) Permalink

No idea if it's any good, but I was on YouTube trying to find something on album cover art, and found an hour-plus documentary called Under the Covers.

Phrase I love from upthread: "contains trace elements of Rick Wakeman."

clemenza, Saturday, 10 May 2014 00:13 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

That xpost Beefheart doc turned out to be really good, though mostly as an introduction; guess the same is true of this Hawkwind, but it's really got the visuals, the continuous sounds through the lightyears (listen on headphones),the succinct comments that don't intrude. Dave Brock refused to be in it because Nik Turner was, but he's got an interview, almost as long, on this same page (with a couple of Hawkwind concerts and albums too)Wonder if he's still keeping Hawkwind going, and if Nik & co. still are Space Ritual?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=RDJzAldD6t-ps&v=JzAldD6t-ps

dow, Saturday, 14 June 2014 05:00 (two years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=RDJzAldD6t-ps&v=JzAldD6t-ps

dow, Saturday, 14 June 2014 05:01 (two years ago) Permalink

A really fantastic Rush documentary. Once you get beyond the useless celebrity eulogies in the first couple of minutes, it is nothing like you expect. The rare music documentary that may even be more enjoyable for non-fans while still taking the musicians at the center of it very seriously throughout.

Three Word Username, Sunday, 15 June 2014 12:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Is that the one which has that famous argument with Alex and his dad? From your description I am exactly the audience for that.

That's How Strong My Dub Is (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 15 June 2014 14:20 (two years ago) Permalink

That's the one!

Three Word Username, Sunday, 15 June 2014 14:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Phrase I love from upthread: "contains trace elements of Rick Wakeman."
Should be noted that this is cancelled out by the simultaneous presence of Bernie Worrell.

That's How Strong My Dub Is (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 15 June 2014 16:08 (two years ago) Permalink

really enjoyed the rush doc! they seem like great guys, and love the fandom of it too.

niels, Friday, 20 June 2014 13:53 (two years ago) Permalink

My god, youse guys are so write about We Jam Econo---ideal music/talk ratio, as well it might be considering how short so many of their songs are: can do 2 sentences/whole song---but many directors would not manage this (gotta say, that's understandable too, considering how intriguing a lot of these uncommentaters are). Wonder what ever happened to those ten sets of song lyrics Meltzer gave them for the proposed collab, with him singing and playing sax?

dow, Saturday, 21 June 2014 03:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Cant link atm but the Mark Sandman doc is on Vimeo (with Spanish subtitles) also incidentally features Watt

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 21 June 2014 11:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Thanks. Just watched this good Can documentary, from 1999, 1 hour, 27 min. Mostly music, mostly long performances.Would like to see full-length "I Want More," with the disco gold dust women, and this is the only one where audience, well some of the audience, move with the music, rather than staring, like the students in The Blow-Up. From 1971 on, we get various vocalists, the funk-and-then-some, tophatted bassist, when Holger transfers to his tapes, shortwave and Morse key; excerpts from previous Continental docs, stretching out on The Old Grey Whistle Test, in the home stretch with comments and remix excerpts from Carl Craig, Sonic Youth, James Lavelle and U.N.K.L.E, the Orb ("The first time I heard about Can was in this thing about the Sex Pistols"). The music never stops, or takes a backseat to talk.

dow, Friday, 27 June 2014 05:17 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Nico_Icon---starts with some sordid road stories (thanks, James), but they pertain, as does his "We were sort of planets around her moon." And it gets better, though some of the comments are in German, French, Italian. Music always sounds great, and a very nice performance surprise at the very end:

dow, Friday, 15 August 2014 21:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Brilliance and sadness. Links make this a nine-parter.

bodacious ignoramus, Saturday, 16 August 2014 07:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Well yeah, I've posted this elsewhere, but this was the perennially shared DVD of "the best music doc ever" round my friend circle, of course now on Youtube

faghetti (fgti), Saturday, 16 August 2014 07:41 (two years ago) Permalink

More pain from Daniel Johnston,,,

bodacious ignoramus, Saturday, 16 August 2014 07:47 (two years ago) Permalink

sorry... DJ is not free

bodacious ignoramus, Saturday, 16 August 2014 07:50 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I've had Step Across The Border's soundtrack for ages, gotta see the doc. Here's one about The Church of Saint John Coltrane, via WFMU--haven't watched it yet, but I have faith:
http://aeon.co/video/culture/the-church-of-saint-john-coltrane/

dow, Sunday, 12 October 2014 23:13 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Trailer for A Band Called Death, streaming on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and sometimes YouTube:

dow, Sunday, 2 November 2014 23:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Well worth watching, especially once you get past introductory celeb endorsements.

Thackeray Zax (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 November 2014 23:53 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

from geeta, via the twittervine:

Great, rare doc by Charles Atlas on NY noise, feat. John Zorn, Lydia Lunch, Arto Lindsay, & more: … via @visaforviolet

dow, Monday, 22 December 2014 03:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Another via Twitter (another haven't had time to watch yet): My Nashville---BBC doc, intrepid Bob Harris

dow, Monday, 22 December 2014 03:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Worthwhile Crass Documentary -

MaresNest, Monday, 22 December 2014 09:03 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^^ Documentary with English subtitles about Polish new wave rock under Communism in the eighties.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Monday, 22 December 2014 09:25 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Flying Nun: Heavenly Pop Hits includes really old NZ videos you've probably never seen:

http://youtu.be/sjUDemQFznA

SCOTTISH PEOPLE ONLY (I M Losted), Monday, 26 January 2015 13:13 (two years ago) Permalink

haven't seen that since it was first shown here, but the sight of m4rtin phi11ips' dead possum art is bringing it all back :-/

5 seconds into part 2 and you can see a roof/chimney just down the street from where i'm sitting.

no lime tangier, Monday, 26 January 2015 14:10 (two years ago) Permalink

TRIBUTE, an early-'00s look at tribute bands, is one of my favorite documentaries

http://vimeo.com/78953694

maura, Monday, 26 January 2015 14:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Intriguing, thanks! Hope Lez Zep is in there.
Dunno if this is the whole thing, but looks promising; will check both of these when more time:

dow, Monday, 26 January 2015 15:22 (two years ago) Permalink

"From $3.99" on YouTube and well worth it: 20 Feet From Stardom, about back-up singers (I saw it in a theatre, was blown away, plus it got me thinking about white male classic rock superstars' reliance on black female & some male supersources, even aside from white male etc. w music of Chuck Berry etc.; also still quite evident---no big lectures here: more show than tell, though lots of cogent lines from all concerned)

dow, Monday, 26 January 2015 15:32 (two years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 26 January 2015 15:33 (two years ago) Permalink

20 Feet is on Netflix instant too

Wu-Tang Clannad (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 26 January 2015 19:41 (two years ago) Permalink

February 9th only. Not perfect but worth seeing

Starting right now, for 24 hours only (until 10 a.m. Eastern tomorrow), Pitchfork.tv is hosting a full stream of Kiley Kraskouskas' film The Last Song Before The War, a feature documentary about Mali's Festival in the Desert.

Festival in the Desert was a music festival held annually near Timbuktu, beginning in 2001. In 2012, Northern Mali was taken over by separatist rebels and Islamic militants, and the festival was forced into exile. The Last Song Before The War tells the festival's story, featuring performances from the 2011 edition.

The film features Vieux Farka Touré, Tinariwen, Leni Stern, Oumou Sangaré, Habib Koité, Bassekou Kouyate, Amy Sacko, Group Amanar, and Tartit, with appearances from Bono of U2 and writer Banning Eyre.

Watch the full film below, for 24 hours only.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 February 2015 15:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Christ is there ANY music documentary Bono hasn't insinuated himself into? Now he's an expert on Malian desert music? GO AWAY.

Hadrian VIII, Monday, 9 February 2015 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

haha i almost didn't watch the excellent muscle shoals doc because he was the first human you see in it

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 9 February 2015 19:02 (two years ago) Permalink

Bono, Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins - the worst

Master of Treacle, Monday, 9 February 2015 19:29 (two years ago) Permalink

order of preference
rollins
thurston

bono

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 9 February 2015 19:31 (two years ago) Permalink

whither Fricke?

EZ Snappin, Monday, 9 February 2015 20:12 (two years ago) Permalink

oh i like fricke actually just because dammnit the years come and go but old david still looks that same sinewy vaguely-40ish and same damn ramones haircut

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 9 February 2015 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

He cut a fine figure a few years ago at SXSW. Very pleasant dude.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 9 February 2015 20:59 (two years ago) Permalink

The world needs more 55 year old alt rock statesmen to be ubiquitous in documentaries

Master of Treacle, Monday, 9 February 2015 21:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Someone should do supercut of Bono's incisive commentary in films about

The Ramones
Leonard Cohen
Phyl Lynott
Frank Sinatra
Mississippi juke joints
Morrissey
Paul Robeson
Abba
The Pretenders
Jack Clement
Joe Strummer
Nueve Cancion songs
John Lennon
Muscle Shoals
The Beatles
Paul McCartney
Ronny Drew
Quincy Jones
Woody Guthrie
Arthur Fogel
Luciano Pavoratti
Horslips
Mick Jagger
Tony Bennett
Kirsty MacColl
Ivan Kral
Roy Orbison
B.B. King
Eminem
Victor Jara
Tina Turner
Johnny Mercer
Kylie Minogue

that's not to mention Bill Clinton, Charles Bukowski, soccer, apartheid, Anton Corbijn, the evangelical movement, Michael Caine, AIDS, Cirque de Soleil, Billy Graham, George Clooney, competitive robotics, the 9/11 attacks, Island Records, Oscar Wilde, and Mississippi

Hadrian VIII, Tuesday, 10 February 2015 01:14 (two years ago) Permalink

"The great thing about The Ramones is they showed U2 that you could be four skinny kids from the city with a heart full of rock n roll"

"The thing about Leonard Cohen is he showed the world, and U2 especially, that you could express pain in a song and still remain manly. So manly."

"Phil Lynott was an inspiration to all Irish kids with stars in their eyes and rock n roll in their hearts."

"The thing about Frank Sinatra is that his appeal was timeless, and he could connect with decade after decade of new generations, as when he was good enough to re-record the classic I've Got You Under My Skin with me in 1993"

"As we in U2 got to discover on the Joshua Tree tour, the Mississippi juke joints are still out there, still hopping with the true spirit of rock n roll, that we'd been looking for since playing in the smelliest basement pubs in Dublin."

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Tuesday, 10 February 2015 01:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Lol at all of these posts

Up the Junction Boulevard (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 February 2015 01:30 (two years ago) Permalink

well this is one to be avoided (it would SEEM) since first minute and a half is communicating to extra terrestrials or something

http://youtu.be/Em4kpy1YuNQ

"You'd have to EXTRACT the record, y'know, from it's SLEEVE, and, y'know, place it on the turntable"

http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/2-19-2015/85wFmQ.gif

niels, Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:57 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Pride and Joy: The Making of Alligator Records--watch Alligator Tales, a mini-doc about the doc, with much more info, here (Blu-Ray coming out 4/22, will have to check for reg DVD)
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102557630070&ca=1597b49b-3420-4de9-8f7f-57d204318919

dow, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 22:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh, and Pride and Joy is directed by highly esteemed Robert Mugge, who also made the Sonny Rollins doc G Man and many others.

dow, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 22:46 (one year ago) Permalink

tbh, I have always found that guy kind of annoying. Finds interesting subjects but don't particularly dig the way he films them.

SIGSALY Can't Dance (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 23:05 (one year ago) Permalink

from Rolling Country

The milestone early 70s music doc Heartworn Highways* is streaming (for free) til 4 PM Eastern, March 19, on youtube, link and more info here (incl re National Record Store Day ltd. ed. monster box)http://pitchfork.com/news/64203-outlaw-country-documentary-heartworn-highways-to-stream-on-pitchfork/"> http://pitchfork.com/news/64203-outlaw-country-documentary-heartworn-highways-to-stream-on-pitchfork/
*With Townes VZ, Guy Clark, Coe, Crowell, Earle, Charlie Daniels, Larry Jon Wilson, and several more, incl Steve Young (RIP just now)

― dow, Friday, March 18, 2016 8:16 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

89 minutes, the first 32 of which have mostly been immersive. Back to it.

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dow, Saturday, 19 March 2016 01:52 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

if this link doesn't appear, check YouTube: it's My Name Is Albert Ayler---so far mostly in English with German subtitles

dow, Sunday, 17 April 2016 20:11 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

MC5: A True Testimonial

https://youtu.be/wNXFs6LEkvw

I watched this a few months ago, it's pretty great.

nate woolls, Saturday, 7 May 2016 17:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/2R0kcD-QaQc

You're Gonna Miss Me, the Roky Erickson doc.

Duke, Saturday, 7 May 2016 19:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Roky doc on DVD has rich bonus material; the update on his unlikely touring comeback seems crucial.
Watching Poly Styrene doc on BBC Arena, '79:

dow, Sunday, 24 July 2016 22:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Just now watch Gimme Danger, starring the Stooges, one of the best roc docs I've ever seen or heard (despite Behind The Music-type intro). If Ig mentions early inspiration by Harry Partch or Miles Davis (or of course Clarabell or the Three Stooges), Jarmusch has apt footage, ditto, when relevant, Pink Fairies (some of whom were proposed for backing Ig's solo debut, but he heard them as "an amalgamation" of the original Alice Cooper band and for inst MC5, so why not get real Stooges)(also has footage of MC5 live, despite their own excellent doc. linked above,still being in legal limbo, last I heard, because disputes over music royalties, although it sometimes shows up on YouTube), (also got relevant rockin clips of Destroy All Monsters and Sonic's Rendevous Band re Asheton involvement), but skips most of Ig and Bowie's post-Stooges work, and in fact all of Ig's solo career----jumping instead to how they got back together---also, the right (often surprising, though I thought I knew a lot of) details about tracks, albums, shows, people----if it's ever into the weeds, eyes are always on the ball, which is always rolling (not too speedy, but fleet). Streaming here, free for now, at least with free Prime membership, which can be cancelled any time:
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LYRDGU4/moredarkthanshar?ref_=nav_custrec_signin&;

dow, Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Of course the talk/music ratio is always tricky in these things, but overall effect seemed pretty exhilarating.

dow, Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:23 (one week ago) Permalink

I need to see that still. Recall reading criticism of it for being too conventional for a Jarmusch movie. Plus the James Booker "Bayou Maharaja" one.

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 16:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I thought it was just okay, redeemed largely by Iggy being such a great storyteller. A lot of the sillier animation and cut-in footage was goofy but what else could Jarmusch do - not a ton of archival footage he could rely on or anything.

Οὖτις, Friday, 14 April 2017 16:13 (one week ago) Permalink

I got carried away at the beginning of that post, but it's solid, and "conventional" mostly via a just-the-facts-Ma'am momentum that's really a bit atypical for rock docs, given the way so many stick with Behind The Music soap opera and/or infomercial touches---no nostalgic endorsements from Bono and/or Dave Grohl in this one, just comments from the musos and close associates, mainly Danny Fields and Kathy Asheton (didn't know they had a sister, even a mention of her as original connection w MC5, being Sonic Smith's gf---she should write a book)(so should Ig, or maybe he has?). Also, I think it makes clear as excerpts can their strengths and limitations.

dow, Friday, 14 April 2017 23:04 (one week ago) Permalink

The extra footage which is just Iggy making weird sounds is great.

Mud... Jam... Failure... (aldo), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:20 (six days ago) Permalink


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