Top 5 :: Music Documentaries

Movies are great. And, obviously, music is great, too. So movies about music… it just makes sense that they’re amazing. And there are so many of them that you can basically hibernate for the rest of this awful winter.

To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite music documentaries.



5 – Hit So Hard

This “rockumentary” is a spotlight on the crazy-talented hard-hitting Hole drummer, Patty Schemel.

The film follows Schemel into the abyss of addiction – then back out again. As Caroline Chiasson says, “[Hit So Hard} was a fantastic roller coaster of emotions!”


4 – Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton


“Stones Throw Records will have its place in the grand narrative of hip-hop.”

That’s how Erwin-Michael Melocoton started his review of Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, and that’s how he hooked me on the history of this great label.

The documentary focuses on the Stones Throw’s influence on the genre, and the great minds behind the label.


3 – Artifact

If you’re in a band and you haven’t seen Artifact, do yourself a favour and drop what ever you’re doing and go watch it (okay, maybe finish reading this first…)

On its surface, the doc is about Thirty Seconds to Mars’ battle with their record label, EMI – which tried to sue the band for $30 million. But, the film is more about the absolutely insane world of being signed to a label (just ask JoJo, whose career was stick in limbo amidst a multi-year battle with her label) and how record labels actually make their money.


2 – A Band Called Death

When most people think punk rock, they think some New York City leather clad, uh, punk. But, there was a band – called Death – in the 1970s who were way, way, way, ahead of the game. But they were in Detroit, where Motown was all the rage. And they were black.

The band of brothers has since re-entered the lifeline, taking up their true place as the fathers of punk rock.


1 – Searching for Sugar Man

SearchingForSugarManThere’s so much I could say about this film, but it’s one of those films that is best enjoyed when you know so little about it – which is why I didn’t include a trailer. It deals with themes similar to those in A Band Called Death and Artifact, and it’s probably my favourite music documentary of all time and it will be yours, too.


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