Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Top 10 Films about Musicians

A mix of fiction films, documentaries and, if you will, rockumentaries.

1. This is Spinal Tap
As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll.
2. Dont Look Back
Yes, I left the apostrophe out on purpose.
3. 24 Hour Party People
Factory days.
4. Stop Making Sense
Who said concert movies had to be boring?
5. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story/I'm Not There
A fine Todd Haynes double bill, warming up with his early short, starring Barbie and Ken dolls (and now banned) followed by his Dylan tribute.
6. Gimme Shelter/Cocksucker Blues
All you needed to know about the Stones but were afraid to ask.
7. The Last Waltz
The Band and friends farewell concert.
8. Thirty two Short Films about Glenn Gould
Eccentric Canadian pianist, famous for his humming and obsession with Bach.
9. DIG! / Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
Who's crazier: Anton Newcombe or Scott Walker?
10. Leningrad Cowboys Go America
The Finnish Aki Kaurismaki is one of my all time favourite directors. But I'm confused with the Leningrad Cowboys. Like Spinal Tap, they're fictional; and like Spinal Tap, they've done tours. Unlike Spinal Tap, they're from a real band (Sleepy Sleepers) but after the film, they went and formed the band Leningrad Cowboys. Go figure. DVD release finally coming soon.

See also: 'Round Midnight, Let's Get Lost, Bird, Straight, No Chaser, Amadeus, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Sid and Nancy, Anvil, Control.

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