Inspired by the release of Mission To Lars on DVD, a rock documentary that sees siblings Kate and William Spicer attempt to fulfil their autistic brother Tom's dream of meeting Lars Ulrich of Metallica, we decided to put together a list of our Top 10 Rockumentaries.
10. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
Documenting 16 years of the Foo Fighters, from Dave Grohl's cassette demos when he was still playing for Nirvana, to the band's Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, stadium storming status as one of the biggest rock bands on Earth.
9. loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies
Following the band throughout their 2004 reunion and tour, the documentary also covers the years after the break-up. A must see for grunge fans.
8. Kurt Cobain About a Son
Presented as a visual essay documentary, journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain are played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts. The definitive Kurt Cobain documentary.
7. Pearl Jam Twenty
Marking the band's 20th anniversary, director Cameron Crowe sifted through a whopping 12,000 hours of footage of the band to make the documentary. From Mother Love Bone's split, to the band's battle with Ticketmaster, to tragedy at Roskilde Festival in 2000, this documentary is as much of a complete history of the band as any fan could wish.
6. Iron Maiden: Flight 666
An account of Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America... oh yeah and Bruce Dickinson is flying the plane. \m/
5. Sound City
Directed by Dave Grohl, the film documents on the legendary Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, California.
4. Anvil: The Story Of Anvil
Founded in 1978, Anvil are one of heavy metal's most influential but commercially unsuccessful acts. The film documents their European tour and the recording of the rock diehard's thirteenth album.. Often hilarious, occasionally borderline tragic the film (and the band) have achieved legendary cult status.
3. Mission To Lars
Siblings Kate and William Spicer attempt to fulfil their autistic brother Tom's dream of meeting Lars Ulrich of Metallica. Inspiring, touching and truly great.
There's only one Lemmy - and there's only one movie about him worth watching. From Hawkwind to Motorhead it's an inside look at the life of a rock 'n' roll legend.
1. Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster
Documenting Metallica from 2001 to 2003, the film captures the tension of recording St. Anger as the band fight each other to the point where they have to see therapists. Messy and truly monstrous Some Kind Of Monster is the definitive rockumentary.
It might be more mockumentary than documentary, but Spinal Tap is a must see. Most Top 10 lists only go to 10, but with the inclusion of Spinal Tap this one goes up to 11.
What's your favourite? Let us know in the comments.
Too be honest i did not like any of these exept the foo fighters one. Where are the modern ones? My favs would be anything from Yellowcard, Green Day, Paramore, Lower Than Atlantis, A Day To Remember, Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Armor For Sleep, You Me At Six, 30 Seconds To Mars, All Time Low :)
I don't like old rock but i understand that their is others who do. I just wish that more modern stuff would be on the list.
Please Open your mind a little bit more, if you only like foo fighters out of the ones on the list, you have a very slim taste in music, i like some of the bands in your list but man non of them have anything on metallica, pearl jam, nirvana etc. Open your eyes a little, listen to some real inspiring music and watch some of these epic documentaries. Thanks Kerrang, a really good list.