Top 10 Documentary Films for Rock n’ Roll Music Fans

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Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band’s musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the ’70s to their current heavy rock style.

Mayor of the Sunset Strip

A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer.

Iron Maiden: Flight 666

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A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden’s 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band’s front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans.

 

Pearl Jam Twenty

A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011.

 

The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

In the mid 80’s a new scene took over the Los Angeles nightlife–Heavy Metal. Loud, rude, sexy, sexist and anti-authoritarian. Penelope Spheeris’ THE METAL YEARS takes an in-depth look at rabid fans, desperate groupies, wanna-be rock stars that go so far as to threaten suicide if they don’t “make it.” The film also portrays the harsh reality of the music business, where everyone’s dream to become a star can’t possibly come true. It’s a real life “Spinal Tap that makes us look back and ask, “What the hell were we doing?”

 

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

 

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal’s most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

 

Global Metal

In GLOBAL METAL, directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn set out to discover how the West’s most maligned musical genre – heavy metal – has impacted the world’s cultures beyond Europe and North America. The film follows metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn on a whirlwind journey through Asia, South America and the Middle East as he explores the underbelly of the world’s emerging extreme music scenes; from Indonesian death metal to Chinese black metal to Iranian thrash metal. GLOBAL METAL reveals a worldwide community of metalheads who aren’t just absorbing metal from the West – they’re transforming it – creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass-consumerism.

 

We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!

They were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While microcosm of Punk/New Wave was taking over NYC in the mid 70s – early 80s, Twisted Sister was battling their way to the top of a vast suburban, cover-band bar scene that surrounded NYC in a 100 mile radius, yet existed in a parallel universe.

 

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

Considered one of the greatest rock and roll movies of all time, ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot‘ is actually a hilarious documentary tribute to rock and roll’s greatest fans. Filmed in 1986 at a Maryland concert arena parking lot before a heavy metal show, this hilarious documentary is an unvarnished anthropological study of American metalheads in their mid-’80s glory.

It is the quintessential ’80s magnum opus, made complete with a vast display of muscle cars, spandex, bleach-blonde frizzy perms, bare-chested dudes, Mullets From Hell, faded denim metal chicks, and the largest collection of late ’70s Camaros ever seen in one location. Virtually unknown to mainstream audiences for two decades, HMPL was a VHS bootleg favorite among musicians, movie stars and cult-video fanatics worldwide.

 

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COLD NIGHTS HOT SALSA takes you inside the international dance world of Victor and Katia, aspiring young salsa dancers from Montreal, who seek to win a World Salsa Championship.

During their three-year quest Victor and Katia draw upon the talents of Eddie Torres, Tito & Tamara, Billy Fajardo, and Katie Marlow. Central figures in the salsa dance world, these mentors put their passion and professional dance skills before you and reveal what it takes to perform and compete at the highest level.

Victor and Katia’s story is a love story. It’s the story of their love to dance and of how being a couple enhances and also complicates their life together and dance ambitions.
After winning the Canadian Salsa Championship, we watch as they first compete in the 3rd World Salsa Championship. They return home to Montreal to work on taking their dance skills to a higher level. After months of preparation, including working with a number of key mentors, they put their dreams on the line and travel to Florida to compete in the 4th World Salsa Championship.

Along with Victor and Katia’s story, the film explores some of the social and historical roots of salsa, as told through Eddie Torres, Billy Fajardo, Tito Ortos, and Edson Vallon.

Experience the beauty and excitement of competitive dance, the compelling force of world leaders in salsa, and the romantic charm of two young dancers who want to make their mark on the Latin dance world.