This past year, a number of music documentaries captured the attention of many critics, movie lovers, and music fans. Music documentaries can reveal certain aspects of either the music industry or a musician’s life that no one has ever seen before. This year, we released several music documentaries. As part of our “2015 Film Round Up,” we listed those films below.
GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME
The compelling story of Glen Campbell and his brave battle with Alzheimer’s is displayed in this award winning documentary.
In 1976, Jaco’s melodic “singing” bass style redefined the role of the bass in modern music. Almost overnight, critics hailed Jaco Pastorius as“the future of modern music,”alongside popular visionaries like David Bowie, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, and Herbie Hancock. Driven only by his own desire to create the music he wanted to hear, Jaco transformed himself from a poor and unknown, scrappy Florida boy, into an international sensation — all without any formal musical training.
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL
This documetnary examines and unravels Cambodia’s tragic past. Combining interviews with surviving musicians and never-before-seen archival material and rare songs, the film tracks the winding course of Cambodian music as it morphs into a unique style of rock and roll.
DR. JOHN FEATURING DAN AUERBACH OF THE BLACK KEYS “LOCKED DOWN LIVE”
Dr. John is joined by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, featured guitarist and producer of the album Locked Down, and the handpicked band featured on the recording, for a one-time-only concert of the co-composed album material.
BELA FLECK: JOW TO WRITE A BANJO CONCERTO
Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto” follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys so far, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra. Béla is commissioned to compose a major banjo concerto, possibly the first of its kind, for banjo and 80 piece symphony orchestra. It begins before he has written a note, and concludes a year later, with the sold out premiere concert with the Nashville Symphony.
PARADISE IS THERE, A MEMOIR BY NATALIE MERCHANT, THE NEW TIGERLILY RECORDINGS
Twenty years ago Natalie Merchant recorded her first solo album – ‘Tigerlily’ – which sold five million copies and launched her post-10,000 Maniacs career. Her fellow musicians, friends and impassioned fans share how the songs of ‘Tigerlily’ have influenced them over the past 20 years, and speak to how the power of music itself affects us in profound, lasting, and uplifting ways.
THE GIRLS IN THE BAND
This documentary tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late ’30s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.