The Coronavirus is not going anywhere anytime soon and let’s face it, we’re about to be spending a lot of time cooped up indoors in the next couple of weeks.
With that said, we will be putting our streaming services to good work in the time being. With our live music options soon to be cut to near zero, what better way to fill that empty void in every music lover’s heart than to combine forces and spend some time with good music documentaries.
Here are five good ones that you can find on streaming services right now.
Oasis Supersonic, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, Amy, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Searching For Sugar Man
5. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
In a way, this may be the most fitting of the music docs on this list. More of a documentary about a music disaster than your traditional idea of a music documentary, Fyre is still a fascinating watch that can act as a cautionary tale about what happens when we ignore red flags and warning signs all around us. Sound familiar?
4. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story
Bob Dylan is one of our living legends, so that is enough to warrant a documentary. But Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, also gets the bragging rights of being directed by one of the greatest directors of all time, Martin Scorsese and gives it a deep look into the folk-rock legend and his life in both the past and the present.
Amy Winehouse was supposed to be the pop star of our time. For a moment, she really was. But sadly, life had other plans for Amy, as it often does. She wasn’t meant for a life of fame and this sobering documentary by Asif Kapadia gives us a personal look into the tragic fall from grace suffered by Winehouse and it’s done both artfully and tastefully and will make your heartbreak.
2. Searching For Sugar Man
Consequently, there are also tales of musicians who were supposed to be on a fast track to fame who never took off and were sadly forgotten. This was sadly the case for Detroit musician Rodriguez, who released a pair of albums stateside that went completely ignored. Little did he know that his music was beloved in South Africa, so much so that he outsold Elvis. Yes, that Elvis. This story is told in Searching for Sugar Man the documentary directed by Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul.
There’s hardly a more entertaining modern-day love-hate relationship than that of Oasis’ brothers, Liam and Noel Gallagher. Oasis: Supersonic, directed by Mat Whitecross, takes us through the glory days of the band during their rise to fame, which saw them take over The U.K. like no other band of that era (though Blur fans would beg to differ). But the heart and soul of the film is looking at the relationship of the brothers and what their life at home as kids did to help shape them as both rockstars but also looking at what would eventually cause their relationship to sour for good. But best of all, you get to see footage of one of the most famous performances of the era and it’s hard not to get goosebumps, wishing you could build a time machine and put yourself in that crowd.