Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Netflix Instant Watch Rock N' Roll Documentary Essentials

 Netflix Instant Watch has currently (I say currently because these things come and go quickly) got some pretty cool music documentaries that I've decided warranted some mention.

1. "Good Old Freda" (2013)
We've pretty much reached the point where we aren't going to learn much about the Fab Four (that is till I have all the volumes of Mark Lewisohn's "Tune in "series under my belt) but what endears me to this documentary of their fan club secretary Freda Kelly is that she's kept her experiences under wraps (till now) and never (even now) did a "tell all".  You won't learn anything new about the Beatles from watching this but I daresay if you're a fan you can't walk away without enjoying it.

2. "Teen A Go Go" (2012)
An amazing look at the 60's Dallas/ Fort Worth/Texas music scene (ie "garage" to those of us who picked up on it in the 80's) and the impact of British 60's music with discussions with the people who were part of it complete with original footage, vintage stills and no shortage of enthusiasm.

3. "Upside Down: The Creation Records Story" (2010)
Beyond Biff Bang Pow I never gave a shit about any of the band's on Creation records, then or now but that's not to say I didn't enjoy this film which is more of founder Allan McGee's manifesto than anything else.

4. "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me"
Whether you're a massive Big Star/Alex Chilton fan or just a casual voyeur like me this is a solid watch, especially considering it came AND went in theaters at the blink of an eye.

5. "You're Gonna Miss Me"
If you're reading this blog you're no doubt familiar with this Rocky Erikson documentary that's half historical documentation/ half reality TV.  If you haven't...well, what are you waiting on Slim?

 6. "Who Is Harry Nilsson?"
Easily, along with "Beware Mr. Baker" and "The Passing Show: The Life And Times of Ronnie Lane" this is one of the best rock n' roll documentaries I've ever seen! Nilsson was a genius AND a madman


Monkey said...

You do better than us. The UK Netflix has the Ginger Baker film, The Deadly Bees and er, that's about it. Really want to see the Big Star one.

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