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Favorite Music Documentaries

Just some movies that I feel offer some valuable insight into their respective subjects.
1Rush
Clockwork Angels


Beyond The Lighted Stage : The quintessential Rush documentary. It basically chronicles everything you need to know about the history of one of rock's most fabled acts. It offers a bevy of information taken from many different perspectives, including many interesting interviews with various artists influenced by the band (Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Trent Reznor, etc.). It takes a very close look on every phase of the band's evolution, from the early blues rock days, the late 70's prog excess, the synth-driven 80's, to their turbulent 90's, and the bands return from hiatus. It is a very engaging and well put together film and is interesting from start to finish.
2Isis
In The Absence Of Truth


Blood, Sweat, and Vinyl : A documentary that focuses on some of the most influential record labels in heavy music, Hydra Head, Neurot, and Constellation (obviously Constellation isn't "heavy" per se, but that is explained when it comes up in the movie). It features interviews with members of the mighty Neurosis, Isis, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. As well as bands that have been nurtured by these respective labels, such as Oxbow, Cave In, A Storm of Light, Grails, and Made Out of Babies. Most of the documentary focuses on what it takes to be a successful label (not so much in the sense of money and fame), and provide a healthy environment for bands to shine, rather than putting restrictions on their artistic integrity.
3Burzum
Filosofem


Until The Light Takes Us : This one tells the story of the Norwegian black-metal scene of the early 90's, focusing on the church burnings, inter-scene rivalries, and what was going on behind the scenes of one of the scariest musical uprising of our time. While the information is very intriguing, the way it is presented is what makes this documentary astounding. Throughout the movie, the haunting soundtrack is paired with the bleak and barren Norwegian landscape, virtually immersing the viewer in the world of black metal. Some of the scenes are truly scarring, but you come out of the movie with a well informed view of the whole "revolution" that those artists where in.
4Steely Dan
Aja


Steely Dan - Aja (part of the Classic Albums series) : All this really is is a making-of documentary of Steely Dan's seminal work. It's fairly simple, just sort of going through the process of making an album, but it provides a look into what made Steely Dan great, their obsession with perfection. The trials they would go through to meticulously craft each song is incredible, and this documentary presents a great view of that. With extensive interviews with each of the players on this album, it really encapsulates a very unique creative process, that produced some of the most unique rock (if you can call it just that) of our time.
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