Docs That Rock

Listmania: Paste’s Top Music Docs

Dog days of summer means more easy copy for lazy bloggers – at least for Paste Magazine and this blog! At least Paste’s List of the Top Ten Rock Docs defines it like I do, excluding concert films (its own genre; see this older post for more list fun) and seeking films known for creating “a balance between moving concert footage and revealing backstage confessions, telling a story while illuminating the band’s impact on both fans and the cultural zeitgeist.” They select Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back as their top choice; certainly defensible. Here is the rest of their list:

  1. Dig
  2. Westway to the World (The Clash)
  3. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. End of the Century (The Ramones)
  6. Fearless Freaks (Flaming Lips) – [ed note: never really saw or heard of this one.]
  7. Some Kind of Monster [ed note: only 8th??]
  8. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart – [ed note: I love Wilco but this beautifully shot but underachieving doc not a top ten.]
  9. The Kids Are Alright [ed note: only 10th??]
  10. This is Spinal Tap [ed note: har har]

What do you think of the list? Post comments!


July 14, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. A solid list, for sure. Perhaps it’s too soon to put it in the pantheon, but I might be inclined to go with “Anvil!” over “Fearless Freaks” or “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” both of which are very good but I suspect are included here more for their subjects than their artistry. I’d probably put Anvil over the Wilco move too if I’d seen the Wilco movie.

    Comment by Andy | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. […] course, like Paste’s list covered earlier and scores of others, Dylan’s Don’t Look Back tops the list…and most of the top […]

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