6 Must-Watch Music Documentaries on Netflix

Screenshot of Kurt Cobain in "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck"

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Musicians come and go, but legends live forever. Visual aid immortalized some of the most talented artists to ever grace this planet and we listed down some of our personal favorites even if they were published before 2017.

 

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

 

 

The late Nina Simone, dubbed as the “High Priestess of Soul,” displayed her eclectic style of gospel, pop, and classical musical during sensational performances. On top of her dynamic talent, many looked up to her as a figure in the civil rights movement. However, she lived with demons latched upon her shoulders; diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the late 1980s, this caused problems with her friends, her family, and with herself. The Netflix original “What Happened, Miss Simone?” narrates her story with never-before-heard recordings, archival footage, and an sit-down with her daughter.

 

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

 

 

After Harrison’s death in 2001, his widow Olivia refused a number of production companies looking to create a film based on his life. She didn’t want it to be faux; she wanted to tell the story through his own video archives. Eventually, Olivia gave her blessings to director Martin Scorsese (“Goodfellas,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”) and production began. “Living in the Material World” follows the life of the George Harrison from his days in Liverpool, Beatlemania, and the major impact his travels to India made on him and his music. Stream it on Netflix!

 

Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

 

 

“Amy” producers Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees worked with director Mat Whitecross for one of the best music documentaries of 2016. It chronicles the quick-rising success and ultimate downfall of Oasis, featuring interviews from both Noel and Liam Gallagher (in separate interviews of course), ex-band members, people included in their posse. “Oasis: Supersonic” remains raw and powerful throughout, making us wish for a reunion. Get on Netflix and check it out.

 

 

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (2007)

 

 

“Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten,” available on Netflix, takes us on a journey through the fascinating life of The Clash frontman. Interviews from personal friends like actor Steve Buscemi, poet John Cooper Clarke, and even dismissed Clash guitarist Mick Jones talk about how Strummer changed their lives. It’s evident in the documentary that the frontman’s effect on these people stretch beyond his musicality.

 

Amy (2015)

 

 

Those who looked past Amy Winehouse’s drug-infused demeanor saw her for the musician she truly was. With her newfound fame only getting stronger and stronger, she struggled with drug addictions, alcoholism, and self-harm until her untimely death. Home videos, interviews with her friends and family, and archived footage reveal the rise and fall of the songwriter.

 

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

 

 

If there’s one music documentary I could only watch for the rest of my life, it would be “Montage of Heck.” It shows the legendary frontman’s human side with intimate home movies, animation, his personal artwork, and honest interviews with family and friends. My attempts to sum it up will do the documentary no justice so just do yourself a favor and watch it.

 

Make sure to add these to your to-watch list on Netflix because you won’t regret it. Let’s keep them coming.

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