10 FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY FILMS ABOUT MUSIC, RANKED

I love movies. I love music, I love documentaries about music. Here are my 10 favorites. Inspired by @nathanveshecco and @roche
  1. 10.
    It Might Get Loud
    Jack White, the Edge and Jimmy Page talk and play (and make!) guitars.
  2. 9.
    Gimme Shelter
    The Stones on their 1969 US tour, which ends (badly) at Altamont.
  3. 8.
    The Last Waltz
    The Band plays a final concert and Scorsese films it. A great concert film.
  4. 7.
    Searching for Sugar Man
    A fascinating film about an American musician (unknown here) who was huge in South Africa, and the quest to see if the rumor about his death is true.
  5. 6.
    High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass
    How Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs made the modern bluegrass sound.
  6. 5.
    The Wrecking Crew
    The story of the best LA studio session players of the 1960s who played behind all the great California recording artists of the day.
  7. 4.
    20 Feet From Stardom
    A great doc about backup singers. (Added bonus: my wife's cousin edited this film).
  8. 3.
    Standing in the Shadows of Motown
    The story of the Funk Brothers, the studio band at Motown who played the music on all of the labels' hits from '59 to '72
  9. 2.
    Stop Making Sense
    Jonathan Demme's excellent Talking Heads concert film is the best concert film ever.
  10. 1.
    Don't Look Back
    D.A. Pennebaker's landmark documentary about Dylan's '65 tour of England. Mesmerizing.