10 Amazing Rockumentaries You Should Have Seen By Now

September 27, 2017
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There is a lot more to rock n' roll than what you hear. There's an entire backstory riddled with highs, lows, love, breakups and pains that all eventually lead to your favorite song. So we compiled a list of ten amazing Rockumentaries ranging from artist portayals, concert films, and music scene cinematics that illustrate the wild and chaotic world that is rock, And the best part is that all of these sound best when played LOUD!

  1. It Might Get Loud (2008)

    Directed by Davis Duggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) documents the discussions between three generations of rockers (Jimmy PageThe EdgeJack White) on the power of the guitar and the kind of magic that can come out of only six strings.


     
  2. Sound City (2013)

    In his directorial debut, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl tells the story of the famous Sound City Studio, and all of the incredible stories that took place there.


     
  3. Gimmie Shelter (1970)

    With the Rolling Stones being the hottest band of their era, their rise to worldwide domination wasn't without going down some dark paths, including the murder of an audience member at their 1969 Altamont concert.


     
  4. The Decline of Western Civilization (1988)

    Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris follows the lives of individuals locked into the Los Angeles underground punk scene, and holds nothing back.


     
  5. The Filth and the Fury (2008)

    Director Julien Temple lets members of the Sex Pistols tell their real story, including the British punk rock revolution of the '70s.


     
  6. Rush: Beyond the Lighten Stage (2010)

    Rush no doubt has one of the strongest fanbases that can back up their musicial expertise. Following their humble beginnings in high school all of the way to selling out stadiums, rockers like Trent ReznorLes ClaypoolJack BlackKirk HammettGene Simmons and Billy Corgan add their commentary to a band they adore and respect.


     
  7. Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

    Anvil was the little metal band that could. This documentary follows the lives of Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner, who managed to become an influence on many rockers that have become household names, except they never achieved their level of success.


     
  8. Woodstock (1970)

    How can three days one of the greatest rock n' roll music festivals be summed up in three hours? Look no further than Michael Wadleigh's Woodstock, who documented all of the highlights that happened on (and off) the stage.


     
  9. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

    What happens when the guys from Metallica try out therapy? You get Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who followed one of the world's biggest acts in the middle of a clouded point in their careers.


     
  10. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

    No rockumentary list would be complete without the famous mockumentary of all of the craziness that is rock n' roll. So kick back, relax, and crank it up to 11!