"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."