Well, this post has been a long time coming, but here it is, as promised.
Last time I wrote about the biographies/memoirs I had been reading, but now it is time to discuss documentaries. Netflix and I have been very close these past few months and during this time I have taken full advantage of the streaming documentary offerings. Here are a few that made my toes tingle and my heart soar:
Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)
I was already working on a building inappropriate rockstar crush on Chris Bell, so the timing couldn’t have been better for me to see this. Also, I cried like a baby. Even if you’re not a fan of Big Star, you will be after watching this. It’s streaming on Netflix or you can download it on iTunes.
20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
Sadly, I missed this when it was playing in the theater, but it was another case of perfect timing or synchronicity or whatever you want to call it. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role/fate of the back-up singer in rock & roll over the last few years. One of these days I’ll sit down and write about it. Shout out to my hero, Darlene Love!
A Band Called Death (2013)
Drop what you’re doing and watch this right now. You’ll spend the first half grinning ear to ear because this family is so damn sweet and they love each other so much. Then you will spend the second half crying like a baby for the very same reason. Seriously, I sobbed. Loudly. Three brothers basically invented punk rock before it existed and then their music went unheard for decades.
The Punk Singer (2013)
You can read my previous post about The Punk Singer here. If you’ve paid attention at all, I think you know my strong feelings about Kathleen Hanna and her music and influence. So, do yourself a favor and watch this, if you haven’t already.
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)
Tracy commanded me to watch this and I am so glad I obeyed. Maybe you didn’t watch GLOW in the 80’s when it was on television – either because wrestling wasn’t your thing or you were too young, but this is important stuff. This also caused tears to fall from my eyes like rain. These ladies are hilarious and awesome (Housewives, I want to imitate your schtick). They also care about each other A LOT. If you watch the Mt. Fuji sections without at least getting a lump in your throat, you have no soul.