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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




"Nico Icon" (1995 Dir: Susanne Ofteringer)
They had us at Nico. You know a music documentary is successful when you leave the theater and go straight to the record store to buy the artists’ oeuvre.  The film is like a time-lapse photography camera that chronicles the birth of an exquisite beauty as she blooms and then whithers and dissipates into the ether, all to the throbbing soundtrack of The Velvet Underground. What’s not to love?




"Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey" (1993 Dir: Steven M. Martin)
The filmmaking is as hypnotic as the exotic instrument and the mad genius inventor it depicts. A fascinating and perfectly executed survey of the history of the electronic instrument and its esoteric significance in modern music. It’s hard not to emerge from the film and not be a fan of Clara Rockmore, the world’s most accomplished Thereminist.




"Nomi Song" (2004 Dir: Andrew Horn)
Another incredible rock story that had never been told but is that is outstanding in its drama, music, characters and ultimately its place in the history of modern art. Intimate interviews and colorful archival footage take us to the margins between high and low art.

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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,