rollingstone had an article on the best rock documentaries on netflix instant a while ago. i thought this might be a good place for people to offer their opinions on some good rock documentaries/concert films/etc. for people to watch, that stand on their own even if people are unfamiliar with the band. maybe even talk about some great rock documentaries that are not on netflix instant, and why they are. a brief description can be helpful
here's some on instant i'd recommend:
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen
documentary of the punk band the minutemen. i hadn't really listened to much minutemen prior to this, but it kept me interested regardless. interviews with thurston moore, henry rollins, members of the band, etc. talk about their influence, respect for the band, and the death of guitarist/singer/songwriter d. boon.
Who Is Harry Nilsson? (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)
talks of the singer/songwriter harry nilsson, who was respected and friends with members of the beatles. nilsson had a fantasic voice, and was an equally great songwriter, but alcohol and a very active party life ultimately wore him down and his voice.
The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks
even if you're not a fan of the band this documentary is engrossing, which most good rock documentaries are. shows of the rise of the band, tracing some of the band's classic albums, and band member steven drozd's struggle with heroin.
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
about the making of, some say, Wilco's best album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. covers the making of the album, the band's confrontation with their then record label about its commercial appeal, and the kicking out of member jay bennett.
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
describes his early work with the walker brothers, solo work (scott walker 1-4), and his later work. interviews the camera shy man himself.
some not on netflix instant:
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
covers daniel johnston rise from obscurity to mtv popularity, also his struggle with mental illness.
Westway To The World/Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
the former about legendary band the clash. the latter narrated by lead singer joe strummer himself, about the clash, and his life.
Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
about influential country songwriter townes van zandt. told through archival interviews with van zandt, and interviews with those he influenced, and his family.