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Best Music Documentaries… September 29, 2018

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The Guardian had this list here of the 20 best music documentaries. It’s a tricky are with a crossover into concern or live or video ‘films’. Surprising none about Factory or Joy Division, and by the by isn’t it time for a Madchester documentary or has one been made?

The Decline of Western Civilisation Part 1 is pretty great, as is DiG! though I haven’t seen that in a while. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster is interesting and troubling in equal measure.

Entertainingly the Guardian offered in 2013 this list of ten best documentaries which has some crossover but less than one might imagine.

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1. Polly. - September 29, 2018

And where is ‘Marley’ by Kevin McDonald, an absolute masterclass in documentary making?

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2. Lamentreat - September 29, 2018

Gimme Shelter should be a bit higher than that. A superb film.

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WorldbyStorm - September 29, 2018

I’ve got to admit I’ve never seen it.

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Lamentreat - September 29, 2018

It’s really good. Apart from anything else, it’s a hard hard look at the worse kind of hippy utopianism of the sixties, the naivete and cynicism that surrounds and eventually overwhelms it. The music is good too – there’s footage of a lot of famous bands at Altamont. But it’s about the concert as an event, so often you can’t even see them very clearly, they are sort of another element in the scene. In a way even the Stones are minor figures, among these California eccentrics, and in the middle of this event that overwhelms everyone.

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WorldbyStorm - September 30, 2018

That sounds great. I find the shift from that idealism into something a lot tougher – call it Ladbroke Grove hippy – is a lot more interesting. It’s almost like they had to develop an outer shell to fend off the rest of the world.

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