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Music Documentaries For Lockdown

Updated: May 9

Bored of watching box sets on Netflix and Amazon Prime yet? If you've got time on your hands and are missing all things musical, why not take some time to check out one or two of the superb musical documentaries available to you? Below is a list of 35 of the most interesting films on offer, ranging from The Fall to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and if you don't know who she is then you're in for a treat. A good number of these have links to Manchester too.


No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers (2015) 1hr 35min

Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders (2014) 1hr 38min

Punk Revolution NYC: Velvet Underground, New York Dolls And CBGBs (2012) 3hr 15min

Don't Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker (2019) 1hr 16min

A Band Called Death (2012) 1hr 35 min

Brian Eno - 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth (2011) 2 hr 36min

Captain Beefheart - Under Review (2006) 1hr 54min

The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film (2017) 1hr 46min

Stiv: No Compromise No Regrets (2019) 1hr 20min

A Fat Wreck (2016) 1hr 28min

Flawed is Beautiful (2016) 1hr 41min

Rammstein In Amerika (2015) 2hr 23min

Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (2011) 1hr 12min

Instrument – Fugazi (2011) 1hr 57min

American Hardcore (2018) 1hr39min

Lemmy (2010) 1hr 56min

Wendy O. Williams & The Plasmatics: 10 Years Of Revolutionary Rock & Roll (2009) 1hr 59min

Theory of Obscurity (2016) 1hr 27min

Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise (2018) 1hr 32min

So, which band is your boyfriend in? (2019) 1hr 37min


On YouTube (click Title to watch)


The Fall – The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith (2010) 59min

We Jam Econo: The Story Of The Minutemen (2005) 1hr 31min

2 Tone Britain Documentary (2004) 48min

Brass Tacks Punk Documentary Manchester (1977) 49min

Buzzcocks Playback (1992) 40min

Ten Years In An Open Neck Shirt – Story Of John Cooper Clarke (1984) 1hr 1min

Nico – Icon (1995) 1hr 7min

Music For Misfits: The Story Of Indie – The DIY Movement (2015) 59min

Fresh Fruit For Rotting Eyeballs - Dead Kennedys Documentary (2005) 55min

The Ramones (1980) – The True Story 1hr 9min

Girl In A Band (2015) 59min

The Smiths – These Things Take Time (2002) 49min

Crass – There Is No Authority But Yourself (2006) 1hr 4min

The Godmother of Rock ’n’ Roll – Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2014) 59min

The Redskins: A Flame That Can’t Be Dimmed (2017)10min

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