FOR many music fans, the music itself isn't enough - we want to know what goes on behind the music.
That can be found in music documentaries, which usually uncover an unseemly mix of drugs, creative differences, rivalries, sex, egos, mental issues, and the rigours of working in the music industry.
In what will be a sporadically ongoing series, Musicology is breaking out the VCR and bringing to you an evergrowing list of the best music docos you'll ever see (in no particular order).
FOR seven years, film-maker Ondi Timoner documented the weird relationship between Portland, Oregon bands The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Equally talented and driven by creative and charismatic frontmen, the members of the two bands began as friends, with both bands primed to step into the limelight. The Dandys did it with ease, scoring hits and acclaim as they were willing to play the music industry game in order to get their music into people's hearts and minds. BJM, led by unhinged genius Anton Newcombe, blew every opportunity presented to them by fighting on stage, lashing out at perceived slights or by refusing to play the game. And as The Dandy's rose, Newcombe's resentment towards them grew. "The simplistic interpretation would be that one band is about art (BJM) while the other has sold out (The Dandy Warhols)," wrote
You can watch the whole thing on YouTube - here's part one:
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
THE biggest-selling metal band of all time had built their career on tough driving riffs about war, death and darkness, but on
All of this doco is on YouTube too - here's part one:
Meeting People Is Easy
WITH the success of
This is why we love YouTube - you can watch this one in its entirety on there too. Here's part one:
Let It Be
OFTEN described as the best depiction of a band breaking up,
You used to be able to watch this on YouTube. The best I can offer now is this trailer for the
Anvil! The Story Of Anvil
THE tale of influential Canadian metal band Anvil is one of the most endearing music docos you'll ever see. Their impact on the likes of Metallica, Guns 'N' Roses, Anthrax, and Megadeth was incredible, but throughout their career (which dates back to the late '70s) Anvil were always the band that never quite made it. After almost 30 years of toiling in obscurity, a doco called
This trailer will bring a tear to your eye: