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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




"This is Elvis" (1981 Dir: Andrew Solt and Malcolm Leo)
We had forgotten about this film until a recent visit with Patty Schemel to The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cincinnati where it screens on a loop - all day long! We both remember seeing this in the theater when it came out. This really is the one that has it all: archival footage of the King, interviews with his disciples, and reenactments (featuring four actors playing Elvis at different ages) long before the E! True Hollywood Story made it commonplace.




Other honorable mentions:

"Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" (1953) – cartoon documentary at its best!

"Anvil: The Story of Anvil" (2008) – hair bands! character-driven doc making at its best!

"Wigstock: The Movie" (1995) – hair bands of a different kind! politics and fun at the same time!

"The US Vs. John Lennon" (2006) – politics and hippie hair! You walk out thinking: “that Yoko was a genius!”

"Justin Beiber: Never Say Never" (2011) – No politics. All about the 3D hair. You walk out thinking: “that Beiber kid is talented!”

"That's Entertainment!" (1974) – oh yes it is!

"Let's Get Lost" (1988) – pure beauty…the movie too, not just Chet Baker.

"Showbusiness: The Road to Broadway" (2008) – totally different kind of music doc chronicling four legendary Broadway shows from their inceptions to the ultimate success or death.

"Bob and the Monster" (2011) – our favorite music doc that played on our fest circuit and an interesting companion piece to "Hit So Hard."
 

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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,