7 Amazing Documentaries Every Music Enthusiast Should Watch

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Summer might be the perfect time to attend an outdoor music festival, but you can still make the most of your time staying in as well. We discovered some great music documentaries on Netflix that tell the stories behind some of the most iconic musical acts throughout history, covering genres from hip hop to folk. You can now easily access all of the featured titles below on any TV in your home with the new Netflix app on TELUS Optik TV™.

7 Amazing Documentaries Every Music Enthusiast Should Watch

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  • “The Punk Singer” (2013)

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    “The Punk Singer” tells the story of Hanna, the lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, who also happened to be one of the most outspoken feminist voices of the 90s’ Riot Grrrl movement.

  • “The Other F Word” (2011)

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    “The Other F Word” isn’t your average music documentary. Focusing on the angle of prolific punk rockers turned dads, viewers will get a glimpse into how family life has changed individuals once known more for their profanity than their model parenting behaviour.

  • “Searching For Sugar Man” (2013)

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    Sixto Rodriguez may not have experienced much success in the US, but unbeknownst to the folk singer, his music became hugely popular throughout South Africa. In “Searching For Sugar Man”, two Cape Town fans of the elusive musician embark on a journey to find out “Rodriguez’s identity and solve the mystery behind his alleged suicide.

  • “Artifact” (2012)

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    “Artifact” chronicles one band’s struggle to record their album amidst clashes with their record label. Numerous musicians have experienced the same plight as 30 Seconds to Mars, but their stories remain untold. This is a great film to see how the band dealt with the adversity.

  • “Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” (2011)

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    A Tribe Called Quest are often viewed as pioneers of hip hop, which made their 1998 disbandment all the more devastating for fans everywhere. Focusing on their reunion tour, “Beats, Rhymes, & Life” gives viewers an inside look into the group’s dynamics as they geared up to perform in front of sold-out crowds across America.

  • “It Might Get Loud” (2009)

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    Rock music and guitar enthusiasts alike will undoubtedly enjoy ‘It Might Get Loud”. Taking a deep dive into the lives of three electric guitar virtuosos—the Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White—this documentary allows viewers to get an intimate glimpse into the lives of some of rock’s best and brightest.

  • “Beware of Mr. Baker” (2012)

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    Rock ‘n’ roll legend Ginger Baker, one of the best drummers in the genre’s history, is the focus of this documentary. Along with his musical talent, “Beware of Mr. Barker” also explores his darker moments, including his infamous mood swings and battle with heroin addiction.

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