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by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes
April 13, 2012 11:05 AM
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Rock On: 'Hit So Hard' Filmmakers Name Their Top 10 Music Docs of All Time


"New York Doll" (2005 Dir: Greg Whitely)
We love this doc because it was such an unusual and interesting rock portrait of an unsung member of a seminal band that had never been told, let alone suspected. Arthur “Killer” Kane went from being in the New York Dolls to converting to Mormonism and punching a clock. The filmmaker catches him just as he gets one last taste of rock stardom (thanks to Morrissey) before he dies! Wow.


"Abba: The Movie" (1977 Dir: Lasse Hallström)
We’ll admit it. This is a weird one. Abba, at the height of their fame, gets followed on a concert tour of Australia by a crazed reporter on a quest to interview the elusive quartet. Although never managing to interview the band, the film well documents the madness of the fan frenzy and the crass commercial tie-ins connected with a phenomenon. A prototype of the mockumentary to come.


"Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer" (2007  Dirs: Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden)
Anita O’Day has one of the most amazing, unusual and undiscovered stories in music history. This film posthumously brings the ups and downs of one of the world’s great jazz singer stylists to life through a brilliant tapestry of archival footage and interviews. Her frank love affair with heroin is riveting.

7 Comments

  • Ben | June 13, 2012 10:56 PMReply

    This movie really did make me go to the record store and get everything he did.

    Be Here to Love Me: A film about Townes Van Zandt
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423853/

  • John | April 14, 2012 2:14 PMReply

    What about COLOR ME OBSESSED, A FILM ABOUT THE REPLACEMENTS and THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON, the two most original rock docs ever made.

  • bob hawk | April 14, 2012 4:28 AMReply

    LET'S GET LOST is one of the all-time greats. Some others: DON'T LOOK BACK, GIMME SHELTER, MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN, MONTEREY POP, STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN, so many more . . .

  • Scott | April 13, 2012 7:05 PMReply

    Nice lists, lads (although I'd put LET'S GET LOST on the main one). And I'd also add THE LAST WALTZ and the Patti Smith doc, DREAM OF LIFE.

  • Don | April 13, 2012 6:45 PMReply

    "The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cincinatti"? First off, it's spelled "Cincinnati." And second, the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland. Apart from that, though...

  • Ted | April 13, 2012 5:31 PMReply

    What about RIPHOUSE 151: Could've Been's & Wanna Be's? That movie pisses on Anvil!

  • Edward Copeland | April 13, 2012 3:39 PMReply

    Not even an honorable mention for The Last Waltz? Tsk, tsk,