Five for Friday: Recent Music Docs Worth Your Time
In an age when seemingly everything is recorded, everyone has become a videographer. Perhaps that’s why in recent years the music documentary, a medium that captures both sonic and visual components to create cohesive retellings of history, has exploded. For this edition of Five for Friday, here are five of the best music docs released in the past decade. Break out the popcorn.
It Might Get Loud
The story is simple: Three iconic musicians bond over their love and passion for the electric guitar. Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White discuss the influence of the instrument through three generations of music, and each offer their own perspective and stories. The storyline also devotes time to each artist, who use it in varying ways from revisiting parts of their past to recording their future.
Last Shop Standing
The tagline for this documentary is "The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop." Inspired by the book of the same name, this story seeks to explain the sudden, sad disappearance of thousands of record stores. Recognized as the Official Film for Record Story Day 2013, the film—while solely focused on the U.K.—speaks to and resonates with a much wider audience of vinyl enthusiasts.
Muscle Shoals' roots run deep. The Alabama city is well known for being home to FAME Studios, an iconic recording complex that has seen countless iconic artists— Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, and Aretha Franklin among them—walk through its doors. The story of the film primarily centers on Rich Hall, the studio’s founder and the man who helped shape its signature soul sound.
Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton
This documentary taps into a story of love and loss, and chronicles how Chris Manak —better known by his Peanut Butter Wolf moniker—turned his pain into something much more constructive. Following the loss of his music partner and best friend, Charles Hicks (known as Charizma), Wolf slowly returned to making music and eventually went on to found the hip-hop label Stones Throw in tribute to his deceased pal.
The Van Nuys recording studio of the same name prides itself as being the "birthplace of many of the greatest recordings in rock and roll history." With a claim like that, Dave Grohl couldn’t resist. The Foo Fighters frontman decided to make a documentary about the studio’s history while incorporating an underlying discussion of technology’s growing influence and impact on the music industry’s current state.