Of all the many, many things to love about Netflix - there's an uncanny amount of fantastic Netflix original music docs on them that are pretty much must see watches. All of these ones below are Netflix originals too - the Cooke one is really interesting stuff.
Leaving the thread open to stuff outside of Netflix but man you can learn a whole lot about various kinds of music and US history on these original music ones right now.
The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
Massacre At The Stadium
Keith Richards Under The Influence
Springsteen On Broadway
What Happened Miss Simone
February 27, 2017 at 12:06 : distain (pupdurcs) posted on Gold Derby:
I watched the Sam Cooke doc, really liked it. Btwn that and the Ted Bundy Tapes, Netflix docs are on point pretty early in the year!
It's tightly constructed, 70ish mins and doesn't waste one of them. Gliding from gospel, soul, pop, blues, rock n roll, a great talent rising to great fame.... but against an increasingly rigid corporate system and schemes and his own burgeoning ambition and political awareness, cut tragically short. Extra fascinating elements are the look into the new black celebrity, that core four Cooke, Brown, Ali, X, and their barrier-breaking role in the civil rights era, their responsibility, etc...... and the death, in which the surrounding circumstances are suspicious, but then again, the violent reports, was it just a side of him nobody knew about....
As for other non-Netflix docs.... two shorts, both 30m, I'll recommend: Lonely Boy (1963) a little verite doc on Paul Anka, one of the earliest teen idols, with all the hysteric fangirls, to him molding his physical image seemed to be a necessity. And.... The Blues Accordin to Lightnin Hopkins (1970) great portrait directed by Les Blank, Lightnin' quite a funny guy too.
One more: Wild Man Blues (1997) - don't know why this is so difficult to find (I have the VHS ) a wonderful and revealing look at WA, his neuroses, his musical devotion, and his love the supportive Soon Yi....