While Netflix is more well-known for its television and film libraries, it has a rich supply of great documentaries available at the click of a button; from reality trash to the ground-breaking Making a Murderer, there’s something for everyone.
However, nothing can quite compare to a good music documentary, they give us a voyeuristic look into the life that we all secretly wish we could live. We’ve compiled our picks for the top 5 best music documentaries you can watch on the streaming service right now. Enjoy!
- Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child
A fascinating look into the private life of one of the most iconic guitarists of all time. Voodoo Child tells the story of Jimi Hendrix and his surge to the top of the 1960’s counter-cultural revolution. Told through his own words in the form of letters he’d sent to his father, this documentary will make you want listen to his music full volume.
- Austin to Boston
A feel good, inspiring documentary about the highs and lows of being on the road, Austin to Boston is a great insight to the communities that can form around a genre of music, in this case it is Folk music. Starring established acts such as Ben Howard, the Staves and Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett, it also introduces the audience to Bear Den on their first tour. Austin to Boston will give you itchy feet and make you feel like picking up a guitar.
- The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir
It’s no secret that the Grateful Dead were a remarkable band, the community that surrounded their music (“Deadheads”) is regarded as the most devoted fanbase in popular music history, but this film focuses solely on the band, namely guitarist Bob Weir. The film covers Weir’s early life, influences, and his reflections later in life. This is an intimate examination of one of the 1960s most celebrated music personalities.
- East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem
Touching, profound and inspiring, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem is a refreshing depiction of one of the world’s most complex political situations. A testament to the power of music, and its life-changing attributes, this heart-warming Netflix original shows us that music is a great unifier of people, regardless of background.
- Searching for Sugarman
This film is bizarre, wonderfully intriguing and charming in its simplicity. Shot using a super 8 camera (and an iPhone), it tells the story of two friends from South Africa who go in search of little-known singer Sixto Rodriguez, whose back catalogue is used for the soundtrack. Searching or Sugarman was celebrated at the 2012 Sundance festival, as well as picking up a BAFTA and the Oscar for best documentary.
Words by Sam Revivo – Plugged Music Editor