The music documentary resurgence is alive and set to continue into 2021 with an insatiable appetite for weird and wild movies about bands and artists. The streaming world has created a major demand for the trend.
This year fantastic rock docs were released like Laurel Canyon, The Beastie Boys Story, The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, The Go-Go's Creem: America's Only Rock 'N Roll Magazine, The Changin' Times of Ike White, Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Blind Melon's All I Can Say, Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan, Song Exploder, Other Music and Zappa.
In addition to more documentaries being produced, the lives of musicians are being analyzed and researched now more than ever as well. Record label recognition has also soared, with many digging into their archives and launching production companies designed to get the most from their IP.
2021 already has a slew of music documentaries slated - the schedule includes features of the following: The Beatles, Little Richard, Tina Turner, and Billie Eilish.
The Beatles: Get Back Teaser
Let It Be was the 1970 documentary directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg that features The Beatles on the verge of breaking up. The film includes footage of the band's final gig on the Apple rooftop with somewhat of a melancholic feel. The Beatles: Get Back is designed to reverse this. The film is being directed by Peter Jackson, who recently put together the World War I film They Shall Not Grow Old. As shown in the teaser link above, the doc shows George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr joking as they record their final album. To pull this one together, Jackson analyzed 56 hours of never-before-seen footage with full blessing of McCartney and Starr and Lennon's and Harrison's widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, respectively. The film was originally set for release in September 2020 but was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. It is now dated to premiere August 27, 2021.
Paul McCartney x Rick Rubin Teaser
The Beatles: Get Back is not the only documentary project for Paul McCartney. The musician has teamed with Rick Rubin, the famed Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash producer, on as yet-untitled six- part series. The project takes us on a magical musical mystery journey of McCartney's time in the Beatles and Wings in addition to personal footage. Rubin has previously been in the Showtime docuseries Shangri-La about his Malibu recording studio and hosts the Broken Record podcast with Malcolm Gladwell. Endeavor Content is financing and handling international sales with Film 45 producing alongside Frank Marshall, who just directed The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, and Jeff Pollack, who produced the Frank Sinatra series All Or Nothing At All.
The private dancer star is getting the feature treatment from the filmmakers behind Searching For Sugar Man, Whitney and LA92. Directed by TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay and produced by Simon and Johnathan Chinn's Lightbox, the film is set to air on HBO in the US and Sky in the UK. It will tell the story of Turner's career from starting out in The Ike & Tina Turner Revenue through becoming one of the biggest selling solo performers in the world. The film will feature interviews with Turner, her friends and collaborators, and it is set to include unseen footage.
The Sparks Brothers
Edgar Wright is best known for directing films such as Baby Driver and Shawn of the Dead. But he is now making his documentary directorial debut with a film about "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" rockers Sparks. The film, which is also set to premiere at Sundance, will look at how the quirky band, featuring brothers Ron & Russell Mael, is successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time.
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