rock + documentary
A rockumentary is a documentary film or TV show about a rock band or musicians. I’ve seen a few of these…
- Mad Dogs and Englishmen, which followed Joe Cocker on his “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in the late 1960’s with Leon Russell and others.
- Woodstock, which focused on the Woodstock festival.
- The Last Waltz, the film of the final concert by The Band, featuring many of the musicians they worked with over the years.
- Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll, film of two concerts celebrating Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday.
- The Beatles Anthology, detailing the history of the Beatles, coinciding with the three Beatles Anthology albums.
I’ve also seen a couple of great “mockumentaries,” films that are parodies of rockumentaries: This is Spinal Tap, about a tour with the British heavy metal band Spinal Tap (Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer), and All You Need Is Cash, about a band called The Rutles, a takeoff on The Beatles (George Harrison has a bit part as an interviewer). I understand there’s a follow-up to that one, The Rutles: Can’t Buy Me Lunch.
Here’s a scene from This is Spinal Tap, where Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) shows Rob Reiner his guitar room.
What rockumentaries have you seen?