Please name any great music documentaries you’ve seen, and say why they were so good.
One recent favourite of mine is a BBC series ‘They all came out to Montreux’.
It tells the story of how a person called Claude Nobbs managed to create one of the world’s greatest jazz, rock and pop festivals from nothing in a small resort on the side of the Swiss lake where he lived.
Loads of great footage of gigs, interviews and incidental activities at the festival over the decades.
(Deep Purple once wrote a song about a fire at a gig there…)
Bbc4 often has good music documentaries. Sadly my memory for vosial things is limited, so I don’t recall many, but one good one a few months ago was the Rolling Stones: My life as a Rolling Stone, 4 episodes one each focusing on Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie. Gave sone very interesting insights - the one on Charlie Watts particularly fascinating.
Another interesting one I remember was on Amy Winehouse, maybe a couple of years ago: an artist I had never liked in life, and most of her music holds no interest for me, but I gained great respect for her as an artist, and it made me wish I had seen her live.
If you’re looking for a kind of “real life” Spinal Tap documentary I highly recommend Anvil! The Story of Anvil. It tells the story of the Canadian heavy metal band that sticks to its dream of making music despite never making it to the big leagues. It won many awards and is quite touching and inspiring.