Hand-Picked Music Docs

Wesley Willis - The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll

"God gave me this rock career to keep me busy. Back in 1991 I used to hit old people with folding chairs. Suddenly, I moved to the north side of Chicago, Illinois in 1992. It made a rock star out of me at last. I'm the daddy of rock 'n' roll! I'm Wesley Willis, I'm 36 years old. I play music and do art. I have schizophrenia. I have chronic schizophrenia. Roger Lee C...Read More

Frank Zappa - The Freak Out List

Frank Zappa published a record of his most important influences on the inside cover of his debut album. This film explores the musical roots of Frank Zappa by putting The Freak Out List under the microscope and tracing the lineage from the most pivotal names therein to the recordings and performances of the man himself.

In a Silent Way: A Talk Talk Documentary

"Silence is the most powerful instrument I have. Spirit is everything, and technique is always secondary." Mark Hollis, Talk Talk Thirty years after the release of Talk Talk's fourth album Spirit of Eden, Gwenaël Breës, a Belgian journalist and longtime admirer of the 1980s British art-rock band, found himself crisscrossing the UK in an attempt to unravel the myster...Read More

Forevermoore: The Angelo Project

The documentary "ForeverMoore; The Angelo Project" follows the life of Angelo Moore of Fishbone featuring appearances by members of the band. Angelo Moore devotes his life to weaving a legacy; crafting art through spoken word, music, and fashion. As an African American forerunner in the early 80's LA punk rock scene, he inspired others to embrace nonconformity. Livi...Read More

Stone Roses - Made Of Stone

With unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage, MADE OF STONE is a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history. Acclaimed film-maker Shane Meadows brings his unique directorial style, humour and emotional depth to the film, capturing the band at work and in their everyday lives as they ...Read More

Joy Division - Under Review

This 70-minute documentary covers the entire career of Joy Division, one of Manchester and Post-Punks most respected bands. It charts the entire short lifespan of the group, from their origins in their days as Warsaw to the more well known incarnation of Joy Division. Features include rare musical performances, obscure footage of rare interviews and rarely seen ph...Read More

Desolation Center

Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early 80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have inspired Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare p...Read More

Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story

In the early 1980's, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash! From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a move...Read More

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets

As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, PULP weaves exclusive concert footage with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, moving, and life-affirming than any music film of recent memory. Though culminating with the farewell concert the band played to thousands of a...Read More

Charles Mingus - Triumph Of The Underdog

Triumph Of The Underdog is the first comprehensive documentary about jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. A lucid involving portrait showing the many faces and tortured heart of a music genius, the film also features an abundance of clips of Mingus in performance.

American Hardcore: The History of Punk Rock 1980-1986

Fueled by a ferocious soundtrack, director Paul Rachman's American Hardcore gives fans an all-access pass to the rise and fall of the U.S. punk scene, an explosive musical and cultural phenomenon that shaped everything from the grunge movement to the emo and pop/punk music currently riding the charts. Set against the conservative early '80s political landscape, Amer...Read More

Analog Love

Do you remember the long lost era of sharing your feelings with someone through a "mix tape?" Analog Love is an analysis of why this ritual of communication through music still continues to be so important. With the insights of Henry Rollins, Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Kim Shattuck (The Muffs), Jennifer Finch (L7), Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence), Chantal Cla...Read More

Rolling Stone: Life And Death Of Brian Jones

Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones is the new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Danny Garcia. Exploring the rise of Brian Jones and the Rolling Stones as well as the untimely death of Jones, Garcia paints an interesting and revealing picture of doomed pop star.

Other Music

Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city’s early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, the ...Read More

All I Can Say

Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself religiously from 1990-1995 with a video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of twenty-eight. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life—his family, his creative process, his tel...Read More

DEATH by Metal

Here comes DEATH's probing and pulsing rock doc, DEATH BY METAL, pulling back the palm fronds of DEATH's origins in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and latching a narrative hook into the headstrong Chuck Schuldiner juggernaut for fifteen gratifying if sometimes frustrating years. As the baby steps become giant leaps, the stable of supporting players grows and continuall...Read More

Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock'n'roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general. 'Looking For Johnny' is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders' career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991. The film examines his career as a member of the New York Dolls, the punk scene with The Heartbreakers in New Yor...Read More

The Ramones - Videobiography

The Ramones had it all; the attitude, the music, the raw sound, the stage act. Many years after they disbanded, their influence can still be heard on the new generation of music makers. This documentary combines powerful rare performance footage of The Ramones in action, poignant archive interviews with Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone and new interviews with Tommy Ramone.

The Cure: Rock Case Studies '79-89

Featuring performance footage and commentary from musicians, fans and critics, this in-depth analysis of alternative rock band the Cure examines the influence of the unique group that came of age in the post-punk era and continues to draw fans today. A rare archival interview with lead singer Robert Smith sheds light on the Cure's music and history, and footage of t...Read More

Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

A NIGHT FLIGHT PLUS EXCLUSIVE: From music film director Tony Palmer comes an extraordinary inside look at the life and music of VANGELIS. It’s hard to escape the music of VANGELIS. His music for the cult movie Blade Runner is among the most influential film music ever written. And, of course, the music for Chariots of Fire (for which he won an Oscar) is still used ...Read More

Sun Ra - A Joyful Noise

Years ahead of his time, composer, keyboard player, bandleader, poet, and philosopher Sun Ra coupled images of outer space with those of ancient Egypt, acoustic instruments with electronic ones, and modern American musical genres (jazz, soul, gospel, blues, swing) with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. He also combined his music with dance, poetry, colorful co...Read More

Records Collecting Dust

Written and directed by San Diego based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore, Records Collecting Dust documents the vinyl record collections, origins, and holy grails of alternative music icons Jello Biafra, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris, John Reis, and over thirty other underground music comrades.

The Dicks From Texas

The Dicks started out as an Austin, Texas poster band in 1979 and once formed, took off like a hardcore rocket. The Dicks only released one 45 and two LP's and were the house band at legendary Raul's Club. Every hardcore punk act that came to Austin demanded the Dicks play with them from Fear to Black Flag to Dead Kennedys. This is their story told by die-hard lifel...Read More

The Clash - London Calling

This documentary is a critical review of The Clash's London Calling, featuring rare live performances, alongside interviews with legendary filmmaker and DJ Don Letts (who toured with The Clash), and analysis from a leading team of rock journalists and critics.

Elvis '56

1956 was Elvis Presley's breakthrough year, and this program takes you back, including his early television performances on the Dorsey Brothers Show and the Ed Sullivan Show (where the cameramen were instructed not to shoot the lower half of his body!). This DVD has an entire hour of rare footage and performances captured during the amazing year when Elvis Presley b...Read More

American Artifact: The Rise Of American Rock Poster Art

American Artifact chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since its birth in the '60s. The film explores the history and rise of the current rock poster movement in America, and features a cast of quirky, interesting, and extremely talented rock poster artists talking about their work and telling the story of their underground art movement. Featuring intervi...Read More