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Red Dog Music’s Top Five: Music documentaries

Red Dog Music’s Top Five: Music documentaries

We’re kicking off our new regular blog series ‘Red Dog Music’s Top Five’, which gives us an excuse to come up with our own High Fidelity-style lists of five filled with facts, trivia, personal opinions and (hopefully) some useful recommendations for you! And we’re starting the series with what’s been the most important part of January for all: watching TV! So, here are a selection of 5 documentaries / rockumentaries that we love and would totally recommend!

Red Dog Music’s Top 5: Music Documentaries.


1. A Band Called Death

“Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death.” This is the unbelievable story of three African-American siblings in Detroit who made punk in a time before it existed. Refusing to change their name, and being marginalised by record companies, Death were forgotten but not lost: they had recorded a demo in the 1970’s, and in the 2000’s,  the demo was re-discovered under a pile of dust, made its way on to the internet, and all of a sudden the world came looking for Death…

2. Searching For Sugarman 

How is it possible that an artist became a total sensation and the voice of a movement in South Africa, without ever knowing about their fame, or getting to live the dream? Seems hard to believe now in the age of the internet, but this is the strange but true story of Rodriguez, who never made it in at home the USA, gave up on his dream and was presumed dead. The documentary sets off to uncover the truth behind the mysterious Rodriguez…

3. Beautiful Noise

The Cocteau Twins, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine. These bands are now iconic to some, but unheard of to others. Beautiful Noise explores the story of Shoegaze and the influential UK bands of the 80’s and 90’s, and how their dreamy/noisy/fuzzy/pop sounds inspired generations of musicians to come.

4. George Harrison: Living in a Material World

Living in a Material world goes through the life and career of the best Beatle, George Harrison. From Beatlemania to single-handedly saving the production of the Life of Brian, you’ll learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about George Harrison’s life. The only downside is that you’ll need three and a half hours of your time for this film, but it will fly by!

5. Twenty Feet From Stardom

You couldn’t imagine Walk on the Wild Side without the “do do do do”, or Young Americans without the “all night” chorus. But… who sings those parts? This documentary is about the women who stand in the shadows of the world’s greatest: their backing singers! It’s a really cool film that brings these incredible singers in to the front, focusing on their careers, who they are and what happened to them.

Hopefully you’ve discovered something you haven’t seen to add to your watch list. Most of these documentaries should be available on Netflix, Prime, other streaming sites, or on DVD, of course! Let us know what you think in the comments, or if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear them!

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