Top Rockumentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Michael Jackson's This Is It on DVD Michael Jackson's This Is It
Synopsis
Featuring rehearsal footage, backstage action and interviews, this compelling documentary follows pop superstar Michael Jackson during the days leading up to his untimely death as he prepares for a series of 50 sold-out London shows.
Cast
Cast
Michael Jackson, Kenny Ortega, Orianthi Panagaris, Mekia Cox, Darryl Phinnessee, Tyne Stecklein, Charles Klapow, Judith Hill, Alex Al
Director
Director
Kenny Ortega
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Rock & Pop, Pop
Rent Searching for Sugar Man on DVD Searching for Sugar Man
Synopsis
Decades after Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez disappeared following the commercial failure of his two critically praised records in the 1970s, two fans from South Africa, where Rodriguez was a huge hit, try to track down their idol.
Cast
Cast
Sixto Rodriguez, Steve Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan Dimaggio, Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew-Strydrom, Ilse Assmann
Director
Director
Malik Bendjelloul
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop, United Kingdom
Rent Shine a Light on DVD Shine a Light
Synopsis
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese chronicles the incomparable career of the Rolling Stones with this one-of-a-kind documentary that features footage from the legendary band's "A Bigger Bang" tour. Backed by a stellar crew of cinematographers, Scorsese mixes revealing interviews, fascinating behind-the-scenes clips and live performances to capture the "world's greatest rock 'n' roll band" in all their glory.
Cast
Cast
Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Jack White, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts, Christina Aguilera, Bill Clinton
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Dave Chappelle's Block Party on DVD Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Synopsis
Comedian extraordinaire Dave Chappelle hosts this remarkable block party shot in Brooklyn, N.Y., featuring performances by Kanye West, Mos Def, The Roots, the reunited Fugees and many others.
Cast
Cast
Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Mos Def, The Roots, Fugees, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu
Director
Director
Michel Gondry
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop, Contemporary R&B, Urban & Dance
Rent Justin Bieber: Never Say Never on DVD Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Synopsis
In this high-energy musical documentary, teen singing sensation Justin Bieber provides personal snapshots from throughout his career, starting with his first set of drums and culminating with scenes from his triumphant 2010 concert tour.
Cast
Cast
Justin Bieber, Boys II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston, Ludacris, Jaden Smith, Usher, Pattie Mallette
Director
Director
Jon M. Chu
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Pop, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent The Last Waltz on DVD The Last Waltz
Synopsis
Director Martin Scorcese captures the legendary final concert by The Band, staged at San Francisco's Winterland arena on Thanksgiving Day 1976. Along with revealing interviews, the concert footage features Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
Cast
Cast
The Band, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Anvil! The Story of Anvil on DVD Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Synopsis
Formed by two 14-year-olds in the 1970s, heavy metal band Anvil influenced other acts, such as Anthrax and Metallica. This documentary joins Anvil's now middle-aged founders as they cope with obsoleteness and try to end their careers on a high note.
Cast
Cast
Anvil, Robb Reiner, Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Slash, Lars Ulrich, Tom Araya, Lemmy Kilmister, Scott Ian
Director
Director
Sacha Gervasi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, Rock & Pop
Rent It Might Get Loud on DVD It Might Get Loud
Synopsis
Guitar greats Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White discuss their own musical styles, eventually meeting up to play each others' songs: Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying," U2's "I Will Follow" and the White Stripes' "Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground."
Cast
Cast
Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Link Wray
Director
Director
Davis Guggenheim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop, Blues
Rent No Direction Home: Bob Dylan on DVD No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Synopsis
This exhaustive film biography is a moving tribute to rock legend Bob Dylan by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, featuring never-before-seen footage, rare concert performances and intimate interviews with members of the musician's inner circle.
Cast
Cast
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples, Peter Yarrow, Bob Johnston, D.A. Pennebaker, Al Kooper
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Classic Rock, American Folk & Bluegrass, Rock & Pop, PBS Documentaries
Rent 20 Feet from Stardom on DVD 20 Feet from Stardom
Synopsis
Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of backup vocalists, weaving together interviews with legendary singers with the voices that support them.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega
Director
Director
Morgan Neville
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Pop, Rock & Pop
Rent Metallica: Some Kind of Monster on DVD Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Synopsis
This documentary captures rock icons Metallica while they record their 2003 album, "St. Anger," amid a sea of personal and professional turmoil. In addition to James Hetfield's rehab, the film also follows the replacement of bassist Jason Newsted.
Cast
Cast
Metallica, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, Jason Newsted, Bob Rockwell, Phil Towle, Lars Ulrich, Torben Ulrich
Director
Director
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, Rock & Pop
Rent Buena Vista Social Club on DVD Buena Vista Social Club
Synopsis
In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.
Cast
Cast
Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rueben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, Joachim Cooder, Amadito Valdés
Director
Director
Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Afro-Cuban & Latin Jazz, Latin Music
Rent The Devil and Daniel Johnston on DVD The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Synopsis
In his second film, former commercial director Jeff Feuerzeig tackles the documentary format, introducing the world to Daniel Johnston -- a reclusive musical genius now in the throes of manic depression. Blending up-to-date footage with home movies, archival material and rare audio, Feuerzeig creates a dizzying -- and heartbreaking -- portrait of a man whose inner demons are taking over, one delusion at a time.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Johnston
Director
Director
Jeff Feuerzeig
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries
Rent Standing in the Shadows of Motown on DVD Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Synopsis
Director Paul Justman's music-infused documentary chronicles the reunion of the Funk Brothers -- the anonymous backup group that from 1959 to 1972 provided the music for nearly every hit produced by Berry Gordy's famous Motown Records.
Cast
Cast
Andre Braugher, Earl Van Dyke, Joe Hunter, Johnny Griffith, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Robert White, Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin, Richard 'Pistol' Allen, Uriel Jones, James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt, Jack Ashford, Eddie 'Bongo' Brown, Ben Harper, Chaka Khan, Tom Scott, Martha Reeves, Bootsy Collins, Montell Jordan, Gerald Levert, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Joan Osborne, Rudy Robinson
Director
Director
Paul Justman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Classic R&B/Soul, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Shut Up & Sing on DVD Shut Up & Sing
Synopsis
Directed by Barbara Kopple (of Harlan County, U.S.A. fame), this documentary centers on country music's The Dixie Chicks and their nationwide vilification over critical statements they made about President Bush in 2003. Over a three-year period, the singers went from darlings of the industry to political targets, receiving constant death threats and being demonized by the national media and denounced by their fans. Cecilia Peck co-directs.
Cast
Cast
Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Rick Rubin, George W. Bush, Martie Maguire, Simon Renshaw
Director
Director
Cecilia Peck, Barbara Kopple
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Country & Western/Folk, New Country, Rockumentaries
Rent Neil Young: Heart of Gold on DVD Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Synopsis
Acclaimed director Jonathan Demme turns his cameras on musician Neil Young in this intimate two-night concert featuring a soul-bearing set from Young's album "Prairie Wind" and filmed inside Nashville's landmark Ryman Auditorium.
Cast
Cast
Neil Young, Pegi Young, Emmylou Harris, Ben Keith
Director
Director
Jonathan Demme
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock, Must-See Concerts, Singer-Songwriters
Rent Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music on DVD Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music
Synopsis
The director's cut of Michael Wadleigh's Oscar-winning documentary restores footage snipped from the original 1970 release. With the help of a young editor named Martin Scorsese, Wadleigh not only chronicles Woodstock's memorable music and legendary artists, he also captures the festival's dauntless free spirit. The presentation features live performances from, among others, Jimi Hendrix; the Who; Janis Joplin; and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Cast
Cast
Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Ten Years After, Alvin Lee, John Sebastian, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick, Johnny Winter
Director
Director
Michael Wadleigh
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Rock, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop
Rent The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter on DVD The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
Synopsis
Featuring classic renditions of "Sympathy for the Devil," "Under My Thumb," "Satisfaction," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Wild Horses," this unvarnished documentary chronicles the Rolling Stones' chaotic 1969 American tour. The film starts off on a high note at a riveting New York City show and concludes in the aftermath of the infamous Altamont Speedway gig, where Hell's Angels who were hired to do security ultimately brutalized concert-goers.
Cast
Cast
Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Jefferson Airplane, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Ike Turner, Tina Turner, Bob Weir
Director
Director
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Must-See Concerts, Classic Rock, Rockumentaries, Music & Musicals, Rock & Pop
Rent Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten on DVD Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Synopsis
Joe Strummer, the late lead singer of the legendary punk-rock band the Clash, narrates this music-lover's documentary of his own life courtesy of collected interviews and tapes from his BBC radio show. The film features rare footage of the rock hero, from his childhood to his later days playing with the Mescaleros, and includes interviews with Strummer fans such as Bono, Johnny Depp, John Cusack and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Cast
Cast
Joe Strummer, Bono, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Peter Cushing, Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Director
Director
Julien Temple
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Punk Rock
Rent Marley on DVD Marley
Synopsis
Featuring dozens of interviews, electrifying concert performances and rare footage, this documentary explores the music, life and legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley, from his birth in 1945 to his death from cancer at age 36.
Cast
Cast
Bob Marley, Rita Marley, Bunny Wailer, Chris Blackwell, Cindy Breakspeare, Cedella Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee Perry, Dr. Carlton Pee-Wee Fraser, The Wailers, Neville Garrick
Director
Director
Kevin MacDonald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Reggae, World Music
Rent Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back on DVD Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back
Synopsis
In 1965, just months before Bob Dylan's controversial sound-switch from folk to electric guitar, D.A. Pennebaker documented the musician's British concert tour. The result is one of the most acclaimed music films of all time. Shot with a handheld camera in black-and-white, the film follows Dylan from limo to hotel room as he relaxes with friends, antagonizes the press and deals with managers.
Cast
Cast
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Donovan, Alan Price
Director
Director
D.A. Pennebaker
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Classics, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop, American Folk & Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriters, Country & Western/Folk
Rent Katy Perry: Part of Me on DVD Katy Perry: Part of Me
Synopsis
Pop star Katy Perry is captured on and offstage in this revealing diary of her California Dreams Tour, featuring her Los Angeles performances. The film shares the air of glamour and fun that radiates from this talented and unique artist.
Cast
Cast
Katy Perry, Adam Marcello, Casey Hopper, Patrick Matera, Max Hart, Joshua Moreau, Lauren Allison Ball, Tasha Layton, Leah Adler, Lockhart Brownlie
Director
Director
Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Rock & Pop, Pop, Ages 11-12
Rent Classic Albums: The Dark Side of the Moon on DVD Classic Albums: The Dark Side of the Moon
Synopsis
This film chronicles Pink Floyd's journey to the release of their classic album "The Dark Side of the Moon" in 1973. Discover how the band created the landmark recording and see interviews with band members as they provide insight into the process.
Cast
Cast
Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright
Director
Director
Matthew Longfellow
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Rock, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop
Rent Pete Seeger: The Power of Song on DVD Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Synopsis
Filmmaker Jim Brown blends archival footage, interviews and home movies to paint an affectionate portrait of pioneering folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger, best known for the classic anthems "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn." Highlights include candid conversations with legendary artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, who weigh in on Seeger's far-reaching influence.
Cast
Cast
Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Natalie Maines, Tom Paxton, Paul Stookey, Arlo Guthrie
Director
Director
Jim Brown
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, American Folk & Bluegrass, Biographical Documentaries
Rent The Beatles Anthology on DVD The Beatles Anthology
Synopsis
Truly the definitive collection of Beatles material and a must-see for Beatles fans of all ages, this set includes rare and previously unreleased footage of the Fab Four, including an intimate performance by the surviving Beatles recorded in 1994. Dolby 5.1 surround sound and picture restoration enhance this classic assortment of interviews, concerts and music videos.
Cast
Cast
Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Beatles, Neil Aspinall, George Martin, Derek Taylor, Brian Epstein
Director
Director
Bob Smeaton, Geoff Wonfor
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, United Kingdom, Pop, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop, Foreign Regions
Rent American Hardcore on DVD American Hardcore
Synopsis
Tracing punk-rock music's turbulent history from 1980 to '86, this retrospective documentary celebrates the hundreds of influential hard-core bands that paved the way for tamer acts such as Nirvana, Blink-182, the Beastie Boys, Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Archival footage includes performances from the Circle Jerks, Flipper, Gwar, Jerry's Kids, the Replacements, the Teen Idles and Wasted Youth.
Cast
Cast
Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, SS Decontrol, Circle Jerks, Mike Watt, Gwar, Flipper, Jerry's Kids, Replacements, Teen Idles, Wasted Youth
Director
Director
Paul Rachman
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Punk Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent DiG! on DVD DiG!
Synopsis
Documentarian Ondi Timoner spent seven years (and 1,500 hours of footage) chronicling the rise of two rival musicians -- Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols -- both of whom were intent on carving out their own piece of the highly volatile and unpredictable music business. The film follows the two wannabes through their loves, obsessions, arrests, death threats and relative success.
Cast
Cast
Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood, Peter Holmstrom, Zia McCabe, Brent DeBoer, Eric Hedford, Dean Taylor, Dandy Warhols
Director
Director
Ondi Timoner
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent End of the Century: The Ramones on DVD End of the Century: The Ramones
Synopsis
Variously dubbed "A punk Last Waltz" and "One headbangin' helluva good time," this incisive documentary about the Ramones by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields traces the seminal punk band's trajectory from obscurity to fame to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's an insider look at the rockers -- blemishes and all -- that will probably make your head spin. Includes interviews with Joe Strummer, Debbie Harry, Nicolas Cage and others.
Cast
Cast
Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone, Ritchie Ramone, C.J. Ramone, Rob Zombie, Deborah Harry, Anthony Kiedis
Director
Director
Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop, Punk Rock
Rent I Am Trying to Break Your Heart on DVD I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Synopsis
Photographer turned director Sam Jones started filming experimental rock band Wilco as they recorded their acclaimed fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." As depicted in the film, however, it was a tumultuous time (the band nearly broke up).
Cast
Cast
Jeff Tweedy, Leroy Bach, Glenn Kotche, Jay Bennett, Tony Margherita, Wilco, John Stirratt, Greg Kot, Fred Armisen, Wes Orshoski
Director
Director
Sam Jones
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Tupac: Resurrection on DVD Tupac: Resurrection
Synopsis
Rap legend Tupac Shakur's life was cut short in 1996 when he died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. This film provides an authorized account of his life, with his mother Afeni Shakur serving as a producer. Also making it unique is the use of otherwise unattainable material from the MTV archives. Through audio and interviews recorded before his death, Tupac's story is presented along with his music, poetry, rare photographs and home movies.
Cast
Cast
Tupac Shakur
Director
Director
Lauren Lazin
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, African-American Documentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop, Urban & Dance
Rent The Filth and the Fury: A Sex Pistols Film on DVD The Filth and the Fury: A Sex Pistols Film
Synopsis
Director Julian Temple's rockumentary toasts the godfathers of punk, the Sex Pistols, with an array of Pistols hits; interviews with controversial manager Malcolm McLaren and front man Johnny Rotten; and a look at Sid Vicious's tragic life. Chronically cranky and famously out of control, the band recorded only one album and imploded after 26 months. But their influence on the music world continues to reverberate.
Cast
Cast
John Lydon, Paul Cook, Sid Vicious, Glen Matlock, Steve Jones, Malcolm McLaren
Director
Director
Julien Temple
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Punk Rock, Biographical Documentaries, Music & Musicals
Rent Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage on DVD Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Synopsis
Celebrate the remarkable 40-year career of influential Canadian rock band Rush with this music documentary, which details the band's formation, long list of hit albums, struggles with critics, musical evolution and present day identity. Featuring interviews with well-known Rush fans such as Billy Corgan, Gene Simmons and Jack Black, this Rush extravaganza will thrill fans with its awesome archival footage and soundtrack.
Cast
Cast
Rush, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson, Billy Corgan, Gene Simmons, Jack Black, Les Claypool, Matt Stone
Director
Director
Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Lightning in a Bottle on DVD Lightning in a Bottle
Synopsis
This one-night, one-time-only concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York sees some of the greatest musicians in the history of blues music gather onstage. Performers include B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Tyler, Aaron Neville and Macy Gray. Captured on film (by director Antoine Fuqua) are interviews with Buddy Guy, Chris Thomas King, Dr. John, Jimmie Vaughan, Honeyboy Edwards, Ruth Brown, Shemekia Copeland and Vernon Reid.
Cast
Cast
Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, James Blood Ulmer, Solomon Burke, Shemekia Copeland, Bill Cosby, John Fogerty, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Steven Tyler, Aaron Neville, Buddy Guy, Chris Thomas King, Dr. John, Jimmie Vaughan, Ruth Brown, Vernon Reid, Honeyboy Edwards
Director
Director
Antoine Fuqua
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Blues, Rockumentaries, Urban & Dance
Rent When You're Strange on DVD When You're Strange
Synopsis
Composed entirely of original footage from 1966-71, Tom DiCillo's documentary about the Doors filters truth from myth, reveals new insight into Jim Morrison and his bandmates, and captures the essence of the iconic rock group and the era. DiCillo's film pays tribute to the Doors and their music and to a generation's struggle for individuality and authenticity during an unstable and transformative epoch in America.
Cast
Cast
the Doors, Jim Morrison, Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek
Director
Director
Tom DiCillo
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent The Complete Monterey Pop Festival on DVD The Complete Monterey Pop Festival
Synopsis
In 1967, cinematographer D.A. Pennebaker -- famous for his cinema verite style -- was in California to capture the searing performances of the likes of such icons as The Mamas and the Papas, Otis Redding and The Who on the Monterey International Pop Festival stage. Special features in this director-approved collection include substantial concert and behind-the-scenes footage.
Cast
Cast
Michelle Phillips, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Scott McKenzie, John Phillips, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Denny Doherty, Hugh Masekela, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Janis Joplin, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar
Director
Director
D.A. Pennebaker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop, Classic Rock
Rent Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind on DVD Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind
Synopsis
Joni Mitchell's career as a singer-songwriter and painter is extensively profiled in this in-depth documentary, which originally aired as part of the PBS American Masters series. Take a look at this prolific artist as she reflects on a career that spans decades and includes some of the most influential music of that era.
Cast
Cast
Joni Mitchell
Director
Director
Susan Lacy
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Biographical Documentaries, Rock & Pop
Rent Imagine: John Lennon on DVD Imagine: John Lennon
Synopsis
John Lennon's remarkable life is celebrated in this sweeping biography. Drawing on the musician's never-before-seen personal archives of films, writings and photos, the film incorporates Lennon's own voice as narrative. A 36-song soundtrack pays tribute to the ex-Beatle who remains an icon of world peace decades after his untimely death. Abundant extras include a rare acoustic performance of "Imagine."
Cast
Cast
John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Phil Spector, Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon
Director
Director
Andrew Solt
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Tom Dowd and the Language of Music on DVD Tom Dowd and the Language of Music
Synopsis
Historical footage, photographs and musical tracks showcase how producer and recording engineer Tom Dowd altered the course of contemporary music. The film features appearances Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and other legends.
Cast
Cast
Tom Dowd, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Jim Camacho, Ornette Coleman, Ahmet Ertegun, Phil Ramone, Mike Stoller
Director
Director
Mark Moormann
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Les Paul: Chasing Sound on DVD Les Paul: Chasing Sound
Synopsis
The remarkable true-life story of electric guitar legend and rock 'n' roll icon Les Paul unfolds in this feature-length documentary that originally aired as part of PBS's "American Masters" series. Chronicling Paul's rise from poverty to eventual rock royalty, the program features interviews from many of his big-name admirers, including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard and Steve Miller.
Cast
Cast
Les Paul, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller, Kay Starr
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Muscle Shoals on DVD Muscle Shoals
Synopsis
This tuneful documentary chronicles the musical legacy of Muscle Shoals, Ala., home of Fame Studios, where top musicians have flocked for decades. Keith Richards, Bono and other stars recount their experiences recording at the renowned facility.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Greg "Freddy" Camalier
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent New York Doll on DVD New York Doll
Synopsis
Greg Whiteley's documentary tells the story of glam-rock-punk band the New York Dolls, from their meteoric rise to their drug-and-alcohol-riddled demise. But the film's main focus is a current portrait of bassist and leader Arthur "Killer" Kane, a recovering alcoholic who now lives a quiet life as a Mormon. When rocker Morrissey plans a reunion of the band, Whiteley captures Kane and the rest of the group as they attempt a surprising comeback.
Cast
Cast
David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane, Morrissey, Bob Geldof, Iggy Pop, Mick Jones, Steve Conte
Director
Director
Greg Whiteley
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Punk Rock
Rent Beats, Rhymes & Life: A Tribe Called Quest on DVD Beats, Rhymes & Life: A Tribe Called Quest
Synopsis
Filmmaker Michael Rapaport goes behind the scenes with this documentary to chronicle the tumultuous group dynamics that have driven influential, genre-bending hip-hop sensations A Tribe Called Quest to the heights of success.
Cast
Cast
A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Pharrell Williams, De La Soul, The Roots, Common, Ludacris, Michael Rappaport, Mos Def, Kanye West
Director
Director
Michael Rapaport
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop, Urban & Dance
Rent Kurt Cobain: About a Son on DVD Kurt Cobain: About a Son
Synopsis
In a series of evocative interviews with rock icon Kurt Cobain, journalist Michael Azerrad captures the late artist's inner thoughts and personal memories about life, music, success and failure.
Cast
Cast
Kurt Cobain
Director
Director
AJ Schnack
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent The Who: The Kids Are Alright on DVD The Who: The Kids Are Alright
Synopsis
Through rare concert performance footage and interviews, this 1979 documentary offers an in-depth look at the wildly successful career of classic rock group The Who -- from their initial formation to their first major hit. Highlights include footage from many of the band's early performances, capturing their zaniness and outrageous antics, plus an interview with drummer Keith Moon and footage from his last performance just prior to his death.
Cast
Cast
The Who, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon
Director
Director
Jeff Stein
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks on DVD The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks
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Alt-rock favorite The Flaming Lips invite filmmaker Bradley Beesley, who directed many of their music videos, to join them on a journey through the past as they take a look back at their countless escapades. See what the band is like onstage and on the road; listen to the members reminisce over the highs and lows of their 20-year career; meet the people who surround them via interviews and video footage; and more.
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The Flaming Lips
Director
Director
Bradley Beesley
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Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Jay-Z: Fade to Black on DVD Jay-Z: Fade to Black
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Rapper Jay-Z narrates this film shot during his 2003 concert tour at New York City's Madison Square Garden, following the release of "The Black Album." The artist is captured onstage and behind the scenes during his solo concert. Viewers can also watch him as he works his genius in the recording studio. Special guest artists include R. Kelly, Beyoncé Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and more.
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Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown, Damon Dash, Beyoncé Knowles, Missy Elliott, R. Kelly
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Patrick Paulson, Michael John Warren
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Music & Musicals, Rap & Hip-Hop, Urban & Dance, Rockumentaries
Rent Air Guitar Nation on DVD Air Guitar Nation
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If your bedroom has become too small a stage for your air guitar antics, take inspiration from the competitors featured here as they battle their way from the inaugural U.S. Air Guitar Championship to the world championship in Oulu, Finland. Along the way, filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz documents the fierce rivalries that develop as would-be rock legends vie for top honors in technical accuracy, stage presence and "airness."
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Cast
Dan Crane, David S. Jung, Zac Munro, Peter Cilella, Gordon Hintz, Angela Shelton
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Alexandra Lipsitz
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The White Stripes Under Northern Lights on DVD The White Stripes Under Northern Lights
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In a captivating mix of striking live footage and poignant off-stage moments, this documentary captures The White Stripes 2007 tour of Canada, showcasing one of the world's most famous and enigmatic bands playing to big crowds in towns of all sizes. The film features performances at traditional venues as well as matinee gigs at unusual places such as a bowling alley, on a boat and even on a city bus.
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White Stripes, Jack White, Meg White
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Emmett Malloy
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Rent Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders: The Movie on DVD Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders: The Movie
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During the 1970s, British glam rocker David Bowie's gender-bending style had a huge impact on popular culture. Widely known for his unique rock-and-roll characters and alter egos, Bowie put on a legendary live show. Director D.A. Pennebaker captures Bowie's most famous character -- Ziggy Stardust, the rock star from Mars -- as he performs for the last time. At the time, many thought this 1973 London show would be Bowie's swan song as well.
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Cast
David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansy, Angela Bowie
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D.A. Pennebaker
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Rent Béla Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart on DVD Béla Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart
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Inspired by a love of African music and an interest in tracing the roots of the banjo, American banjo great Béla Fleck embarks on a musical journey through Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia and Mali, playing with locals and discovering the beauty of the land. Although often associated with the American South, the banjo is actually a descendent of an African instrument, which was brought across the ocean by slaves.
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Béla Fleck
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Director
Sascha Paladino
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Documentary, Rockumentaries, American Folk & Bluegrass, Contemporary Jazz
Rent The Clash: Westway to the World on DVD The Clash: Westway to the World
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This entertaining documentary tracks the rise and fall of the British punk group The Clash, widely considered one of the greatest bands of all time. The group is featured in a series of revealing interviews (many exclusive to this release) intertwined with hefty doses of previously unseen live footage that encompass the legendary band's career in its entirety.
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Cast
Clash, Terry Chimes, Nicky Headon, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Joe Strummer
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Music & Musicals, Punk Rock, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop, Rockumentaries
Rent Awesome: I F**kin' Shot That! on DVD Awesome: I F**kin' Shot That!
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What happens when you give 50 audience members at a sold-out 2004 Beastie Boys concert a handheld video camera and ask them to film? Well, for one thing, you get a clever title. You also get an innovative reinvention of the concert film experience. Blending the perspectives of a range of voyeuristic fans into one cohesive vision, director Nathaniel Hornblower (aka Adam "MCA" Yauch) captures the frenetic excitement of the crowd and the hip-hop legends.
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Cast
Beastie Boys, Mike D, Adam Horovitz, MCA, Mix Master Mike, Money Mark, Doug E. Fresh
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Following rocker Neil Young to his Toronto hometown, Jonathan Demme captures the artist live in concert at Massey Hall and on the road in Ontario. This film is the third in Demme's Neil Young concert trilogy, following Heart of Gold and Trunk Show.
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Neil Young
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Jonathan Demme
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Janis: Little Girl Blue on DVD Janis: Little Girl Blue
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In this insightful portrait of 1960s rock legend Janis Joplin, private letters and interviews with her family, friends and colleagues reveal a fragile soul whose overpowering voice made her a superstar before her death from a drug overdose at age 27.
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Janis Joplin, Cat Power
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Directed by Peter Bogdanovich and packed with rare concert footage and home movies, this documentary explores the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including Petty's famous collaborations and notorious clashes with the record industry. Interviews with musical luminaries including Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Roger McGuinn, Jeff Lynne, Dave Stewart and Petty himself shed light on Petty's life and his music.
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Tom Petty, Rick Rubin, Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Roger McGuinn, Jeff Lynne, Dave Stewart, Kevin Costner, Brittany Murphy, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, George Harrison
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At Paul Green's Philadelphia music school for kids, the "three R's" are rhythm and rock 'n' roll, as the energetic ex-rocker teaches kids the essentials of playing, singing and performing rock music. This documentary captures him working with his students, including a talented 12-year-old guitarist who just might be Jimi Hendrix's reincarnation. Green's top band is invited to perform at Zappanale, Germany's annual Frank Zappa cover-band festival.
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Director
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Rent You're Gonna Miss Me on DVD You're Gonna Miss Me
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It's not easy being a pioneer. For proof, just watch this film about Roky Erickson, whose band, the 13th Floor Elevators, coined the term "psychedelic rock" in the 1960s. Targeted for his advocacy of pharmaceuticals, Erickson was busted for possession of a single joint in 1969 and spent three years in an institute for the criminally insane. This film covers his rise and fall, as well as his family's efforts to help him get his life back on track.
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Roky Erickson, Evelyn Erickson
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Keven McAlester
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Prolific session musicians the Wrecking Crew, who provided backup instrumentals for numerous popular bands in the 1960s, are profiled by filmmaker Denny Tedesco, whose father, Tommy, was a member of the band, in this absorbing documentary. Cher, Brian Wilson, Mickey Dolenz, Dick Clark and others reflect on the amazing musicians who backed up the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, the Mamas and the Papas, the Monkees and many more.
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Rent Calle 54 on DVD Calle 54
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Director Fernando Trueba -- a staunch fan of Latin jazz -- gathers his favorite performers from around the world in a recording studio on Manhattan's 54th street and films them as they jam individually and collectively.
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This fascinating documentary looks at the long-running collaborative friendship between Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia and brilliant mandolin player David Grisman, following them on their musical journey from the 1960s through the '90s.
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Cast
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Director Nick Broomfield chronicles Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, the grunge icon who died in 1994 at age 27. The film charts his rise to fame, his drug-addled relationship with Courtney Love and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death.
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Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love
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Devotees and the mildly curious alike can visualize life on the road with Céline Dion and her extended family via this documentary of the songbird's top-grossing 2008-09 "Taking Chances" global tour. Equal parts home movie, concert film and travel diary, the biopic tags along with Dion as she embarks on her first tour in nine years, performing in 93 cities across five continents, all while raising her son, René-Charles Angelil.
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Cast
Céline Dion, René-Charles Angelil, René Angelil
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Stéphane Laporte
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Rent Mayor of the Sunset Strip on DVD Mayor of the Sunset Strip
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Rodney Bingenheimer has been a fixture in the Los Angeles music scene for more than two decades, evolving from rock fan to journalist, promoter, club owner and, finally, radio DJ on KROQ. Developing symbiotic relationships with hundreds of rock stars, Bingenheimer has helped advance music careers and fads in Hollywood since the 1960s. George Hickenlooper's documentary takes a close look at the life and career of this enigmatic scene-maker.
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Cast
Rodney Bingenheimer, Courtney Love, Lance Loud, Oasis, Nancy Sinatra, Phil Spector, Cher, David Bowie, Kim Fowley, Coldplay, Alice Cooper
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George Hickenlooper
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries
Rent Metal: A Headbanger's Journey on DVD Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
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Toting his camera to the forests of Norway, the streets of Birmingham, Ala., and the dark side of Los Angeles's Sunset Strip, filmmaker Sam Dunn explores heavy metal culture from the inside, shedding light on extremes associated with the art form. Dunn explores the origins of metal subgenres such as power, glam, thrash, black and death. The authentic soundtrack includes music from Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Motorhead, Rush and Slipknot.
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British documentarian Nick Broomfield, famous for appearing in his own investigations, heads to Los Angeles to investigate the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalries and Death Row Records boss Suge Knight.
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Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nick Broomfield
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Rent The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit on DVD The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit
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Like Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night, this documentary follows the Beatles on their first trip to America in February 1964. Documentarian brothers Albert and David Maysles were given surprising access to the band during several of their concerts and even their influential first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Performance clips include "All My Loving," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "This Boy."
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Cast
Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Ed Sullivan, Walter Cronkite, Brian Epstein, David Maysles
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Kathy Dougherty, Susan Froemke, Albert Maysles
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Rent We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen on DVD We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen
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Tim Irwin's documentary chronicles the ups, downs and all-arounds of pioneering punkers the Minutemen. The film weaves together more than 80 interviews to tell the story of the underground California band formed by D. Boon and Mike Watt. Punk icons including Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Black Flag's Henry Rollins discuss the band's influence on the genre, and never-before-seen footage captures the raw intensity of the Minutemen live onstage.
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D. Boon, George Hurley, Mike Watt, Henry Rollins, Flea, Thurston Moore, Richard Hell, Ian MacKaye, Greg Ginn, Lee Ranaldo, Kjehl Johansen, Curt Kirkwood
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Rent U2: Rattle and Hum on DVD U2: Rattle and Hum
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Veteran music video director Phil Joanou joins U2 on the band's U.S. Joshua Tree tour, filming the rock icons as they jam with blues master B.B. King, sing with a gospel choir and record at Sun Records.
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U2, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, B.B. King, Phil Joanou
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Rent The Stax Records Story on DVD The Stax Records Story
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From 1959 to 1975, Memphis, Tennessee-based Stax Records was synonymous with soul music, cranking out hit after chart-topping hit. This music-laden documentary celebrates the legacy of the groundbreaking label. In addition to launching the careers of such artists as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. and the MGs, to name a few, Stax became a powerful symbol of the civil rights movement and an inspiration to black-owned businesses everywhere.
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Samuel L. Jackson, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Sam Moore, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes
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Featuring classic performances, this biography offers a look at one of the greatest guitarists the world has ever known. Three years after his death, Jimi Hendrix's family, friends and fellow musicians -- including Pete Townsend, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Lou Reed -- comment on the rocker's life and influence. Hendrix shines with hits such as "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Red House" and "Hey Joe."
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Joe Boyd
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Rent Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy on DVD Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy
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Music video director and documentarian Grant Gee follows Radiohead on a tour across Europe, Japan and the United States following the phenomenal success of their third album, "OK Computer." Through a fascinating combination of concert footage, interviews and behind-the-scenes material, Gee provides an intimate look at the downside of stardom and the alienation and monotony inherent in international tours.
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Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway, Michael Stipe
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Grant Gee
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Music & Musicals, Rock & Pop, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rockumentaries
Rent The T.A.M.I. Show on DVD The T.A.M.I. Show
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Hailed by critics as one of the most important events in rock 'n' roll history, the T.A.M.I. Show -- featuring rock, soul and blues superstars -- brought an unprecedented array of talent to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1964. Among the artists performing in this memorable concert film are the Beach Boys, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Lesley Gore, Marvin Gaye and the Supremes.
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The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Jan and Dean, Glen Campbell, Beach Boys, Lesley Gore
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Rent SuicideGirls: The First Tour on DVD SuicideGirls: The First Tour
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With names such as Snow, Nixon, Reagan and London, these tattooed and pierced ladies aren't your grandfather's kind of burlesque act. This titillating documentary captures the in-your-face SuicideGirls' first-ever cross-country tour in 2004, performing 60 shows in 45 cities, each time worshipped by an undisciplined, sold-out crowd. But take note: As one might expect, this flesh-filled punk-rock striptease contains a generous portion of nudity.
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SuicideGirls
Director
Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop
Rent Gypsy Caravan on DVD Gypsy Caravan
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Join five international bands for a six-week tour of North America in an extravaganza of music and culture. The lyrical documentary features performances by Esma Redzepova, Maharaja, Fanfare Ciocarlia and other artists. Celebrate the diversity of the Romani people and their music, which includes flamenco, brass band, Indian folk, Romanian violin, jazz and raga. Johnny Depp, a fan of the Gypsy lifestyle, appears in this joyful musical portrait.
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Cast
Johnny Depp, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf de Haidouks, Antonio El Pipa Flamenco Ensemble, Maharaja, Esma Redzepova
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Rent Who Is Harry Nilsson? on DVD Who Is Harry Nilsson?
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Brilliant, mysterious singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson cut an indefinable path across the 1960s pop-cultural landscape, garnering such fans as John Lennon and Randy Newman. This discerning documentary lays bare the vast extent of Nilsson's influence.
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Cast
Harry Nilsson, Jon Voight, Ray Cooper, Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Ringo Starr, Robin Williams, Brian Wilson
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From London's 1970 mod scene to Sonic Youth, punk music has always been about attitude and anarchy. This comprehensive rockumentary traces the roots of punk, from The Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls to the Sex Pistols and The Clash. Punkers Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Tommy Ramone and David Johansen share their wild stories, and there's vintage performance footage of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, the Clash, the Damned and much more.
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Rent Pixies on DVD Pixies
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Influential Boston-based alternative rockers the Pixies achieved stardom in Europe, but broke up just before breaking through stateside. This look at their legacy features a full-length concert and documentary shot during the band's late-'80s heyday. Also included is a retrospective documentary entitled "Gouge." An anthology of music videos rounds out the disc, including "Debaser," "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven."
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Music & Musicals, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop, Rockumentaries
Rent Lemmy on DVD Lemmy
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Get a backstage pass to the life and music of Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister with this fascinating documentary that follows the legendary musician around the world for three years, providing insight into all aspects of his life. Many of Kilmister's famous friends -- including the Metallica band members, Dave Grohl, Ozzie Osbourne, Slash, Alice Cooper, Billy Bob Thornton and wrestler Triple H -- make appearances.
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Cast
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Rent LoudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies on DVD LoudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies
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Hailing from Boston, the influential alternative rock band The Pixies mesmerized fans during the late 1980s and early '90s until internal tension broke them up. Get an insider's look at the band's reunion tour in 2004, in which they perform "Wave of Mutilation," "Here Comes Your Man" and other hits. The rockumentary also delves into the personal lives of the band members, including Kim Deal's battle with sobriety, and Frank Black's family.
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Pixies, Frank Black, Kim Deal, David Lovering, Joey Santiago
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Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. In Good Ol' Freda, the band's former secretary tells her personal stories for the first time in 50 years.
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Freda Kelly
Director
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Ryan White
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Patti Smith: Dream of Life on DVD Patti Smith: Dream of Life
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Talented and popular musician, poet and artist Patti Smith has been a rock icon for decades. Following Smith on the road, this Emmy-nominated documentary traces her unique personal and professional life through her lyrics, interviews and musical interludes. A complex and conflicted human being, Smith narrates the film and speaks candidly about her thoughts on spirituality, history and human nature.
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Cast
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty, Tom Verlaine, Sam Shepard, Flea, Philip Glass
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Rent Another State of Mind on DVD Another State of Mind
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This 1984 documentary tracks the exploits of three progressive punk bands -- Youth Brigade, Social Distortion and Minor Threat -- as they traipse across the country on a whirlwind (and rather unorganized) tour. Attempting to hit 30 cities in just 35 days, and traveling in a ramshackle school bus, the bands offered up plenty of disorder along the way, providing the perfect coupling of music and rock star antics.
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Rent Sigur Ros: Heima on DVD Sigur Ros: Heima
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In 2006, Icelandic ambient rockers Sigur Rós traversed their homeland to present a series of free concerts at surprising locations across the country. This atmospheric documentary captures the beguiling -- if unusual -- tour. Fans will appreciate the wealth of concert footage in which the band draws upon their entire catalog to perform such classic beauties as "Staralfur" and "Agaetis Byrjun" as well as previously unreleased tracks.
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Sigur Rós
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Director
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Rent The Carter on DVD The Carter
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Go behind the scenes with rap superstar Lil Wayne -- born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. -- at the peak of his powers in this intimate documentary. Performance footage and interviews with Lil Wayne combine to paint a detailed picture of a major artist. The documentary, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, was directed by Adam Bhala Lough, whose previous credits include a portrait of reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry.
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Lil Wayne, Brian Williams, Cortez Bryant
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Rent The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil on DVD The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil
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With a cast made up of some of rock's sexiest musicians, director Jean-Luc Goddard's film is chaos and brilliance all at once, merging footage of the Rolling Stones practicing and Godard riffing on everything from pornography to modern-day celebrity. Watch a genius expound on the smallest and biggest mysteries of life as the ultimate rock band breaks down and then reconstructs its song "Sympathy for the Devil."
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Rent Iron Maiden: Flight 666 on DVD Iron Maiden: Flight 666
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Travel around the world in 45 days with heavy-metal legends Iron Maiden as they play 23 sold-out stadium shows from Asia to South America, battle the rigorous demands of an ambitious touring schedule, and even pilot their own custom-made airplane. Filmed during the Somewhere Back in Time world tour, this documentary grants viewers unprecedented access to the band members as they entertain nearly half a million fans.
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It's spring 1971 all over again in director Stephen Kijak's nostalgic documentary that chronicles the creation of one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded: "Exile on Main Street" by the Rolling Stones. Highlights include interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, and clips from the infamous, unreleased 1972 documentary filmed during the band's tour in support of the album.
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Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Classic Rock
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In 1974, America's R&B superstars traveled to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) for a three-day concert. This documentary of the event, part of which became 1996's When We Were Kings, is made up of footage unseen for more than 30 years. James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King, the Spinners, Miriam Makeba and more perform beloved tunes, while cameras capture daily life in Kinshasa and the show's preparation.
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Rent Bob Marley & the Wailers: Catch a Fire on DVD Bob Marley & the Wailers: Catch a Fire
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Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh are credited with introducing reggae music to the masses with their first album, "Catch a Fire." This documentary goes behind the scenes of the making of this legendary album.
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Cast
Bob Marley, Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh
Director
Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Reggae, World Music
Rent Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound on DVD Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound
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Celebrating the life and career of folk legend and activist Joan Baez, this documentary features a wealth of archival footage, recent performances and interviews with David Crosby, Jesse Jackson, Bob Dylan and others. Her performance at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island and footage of her human rights activism highlight her public persona, while a candid chat with ex-husband David Harris offers a private glimpse into this American icon.
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Cast
Joan Baez, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn
Director
Director
Mary Wharton
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, American Folk & Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriters, Rock & Pop
Rent Atlantic Records: The House Ahmet Built on DVD Atlantic Records: The House Ahmet Built
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With a $10,000 loan from his dentist, Ahmet Ertegun co-founded Atlantic Records in 1947. By the 1950s Atlantic was the country's premier R&B label. Ertegun's wondrous rise is recounted in this lively episode from the PBS series "American Masters." It took director Susan Steinberg more than four years to capture Ertegun in candid conversations with music greats Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Ray Charles and many others.
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Cast
Ahmet Ertegun, Bette Midler, Robert Plant, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Kid Rock, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Mick Jagger, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Led Zeppelin
Director
Director
Susan Steinberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop, PBS, Classic R&B/Soul, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Shane MacGowan: If I Should Fall From... on DVD Shane MacGowan: If I Should Fall From...
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As the front man for the punk rock group The Pogues, Shane MacGowan is best known for being an Irish party boy with a gift for songwriting. Through interviews spanning his career, this documentary gives an intimate look at the life of the artist.
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Cast
The Pogues, Shane MacGowan
Director
Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Classic Albums: The Who: Who's Next on DVD Classic Albums: The Who: Who's Next
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In this documentary, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle discuss the making of what many consider the Who's greatest testament to Townshend's songwriting talent: their classic album "Who's Next."
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Cast
Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Glyn Johns, The Who
Director
Director
Bob Smeaton
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Rock & Pop, Classic Rock, Rockumentaries
Rent Coachella: The Film on DVD Coachella: The Film
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Set in a valley framed by desert mountains, the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival showcases groundbreaking artists from all musical genres. This collection of concert footage of the festival features myriad performances. Over the past six years, acts have included Radiohead, the White Stripes, the Pixies, the Flaming Lips, Iggy and the Stooges, Spearhead, Bjork, the Crystal Method, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.
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Cast
Spearhead, White Stripes, Björk, Morrissey, Bright Eyes, The Flaming Lips, The Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pixies, Prodigy, Oasis, Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, Iggy Pop, Iggy & The Stooges
Director
Director
Drew Thomas
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Indie Documentaries, Rock & Pop, Modern & Alternative Rock
Rent Joy Division on DVD Joy Division
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Director Grant Gee provides a cultural portrait of Manchester, England, during the 1970s as he examines the rise and fall of the punk band Joy Division. The film charts the history of the group, its members and musical inspiration. The anger and despair felt by much of England's youth found its way into the lyrics and violent instrumentation of Joy Division's songs, an artistic expression that was more than just rebellion.
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Cast
Joy Division
Director
Director
Grant Gee
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Hated: G.G. Allin & the Murder Junkies on DVD Hated: G.G. Allin & the Murder Junkies
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G.G. Allin, lead singer of the Murder Junkies and cult icon of the 1980s underground punk scene, made Sid Vicious look like Pat Boone. Allin's onstage performance art -- equal parts guerilla and gorilla -- included him flinging excrement and performing violent acts against himself and others. Hated was completed just before Allin's death from an overdose in 1991. Director Todd Phillips went on to direct Road Trip and Starsky and Hutch.
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Cast
G.G. Allin, G.G. Allin & The Murder Junkies
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Beef on DVD Beef
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Narrated by Ving Rhames, Beef provides a definitive look into the trash-talkin' world of high-profile "beefs," told by the artists themselves -- the MC battle, hip-hop's war of words, who's the "illest" on the mic, and more. Features 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nas, DMX, Snoop Dog, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ja Rule, Mack 10, Common, Cypress Hill, Russell Simmons, NWA and legendary battlers KRS-One, MC Chan, Kool Moe Dee, Busy Bee and many others!
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Cast
Ving Rhames, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nas, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ja Rule, Mack 10, Common, Cypress Hill, Russell Simmons, N.W.A., KRS-One, Busy Bee, Kool Moe Dee, MC Shan
Director
Director
Peter Spirer
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Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop, Urban & Dance
Rent Still Bill on DVD Still Bill
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Through concert footage and interviews with musical artists, his family and closest friends, Still Bill presents the story of legendary songwriter and performer Bill Withers, known for songs such as "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me" and "Lovely Day."
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Cast
Bill Withers
Director
Director
Damani Baker, Alex Vlack
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Classic R&B/Soul
Rent Classic Albums: U2: The Joshua Tree on DVD Classic Albums: U2: The Joshua Tree
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Released in 1987, U2's Grammy Award-winning album "The Joshua Tree" has proved to be one of the most internationally successful records (both critically and commercially) of all time. This one-hour documentary follows the Irish rockers through recording sessions and potent live performances, and includes informative interviews with the album's producers and the group's longtime manager, Paul McGuinness.
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Cast
U2, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, Brian Eno, Paul McGuinness, Steve Lillywhite, Daniel Lanois
Director
Director
Philip King, Nuala O'Connor
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Music & Musicals, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop
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Filmmaker Hans Fjellestad tells the story of Robert Moog, a pioneer in the realm of electronic music who invented the Moog synthesizer in 1964. Initially viewed as a threat to "real" music, the Moog opened up a world of creative possibilities.
Cast
Cast
Robert Moog, Charlie Clouser, Mix Master Mike, Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Edd Kalehoff, Money Mark, Bernie Worrell, Stereolab, Gershon Kingsley, DJ Spooky
Director
Director
Hans Fjellestad
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Dance & Electronica
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