Docs That Rock

Special Tribute to Music Docs

If you’re an LA denizen, then you are probably enjoying the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre’s current tribute to music docs. (It runs through Thursday September 4.) The diverse lineup presents the interesting issue of how to curate a well rounded music doc retrospective. Obviously, there has to be some films from the rock doc canon, like A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, THE LAST WALTZ and STOP MAKING SENSE. There has to be some rock icons too: NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD (which we aired on VH1), IMAGINE: JOHN LENNON and a double shot of Dylan (THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR: BOB DYLAN LIVE AT THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL and BOB DYLAN ’65 REVISITED (trailer below.) Toss in a premiere too: PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE.

While this lineup is strong on concert films and biopics, there ought to be a space as well for those hybrid story-driven music docs that tell something larger beyond the musicians such as popular music’s sensibility and reflection of music history. I’m thinking flicks like DIG or Some Kind of Monster, Decline of Western Civiliazation. Also could have been fun to have a flick or two about the accidential artists, who add flair to pop music, like a Daniel Johnson or Roky Erickson. What other docs should be in the “canon” for a retrospective? Leave ideas below!

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September 2, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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