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Get Back ‘headlines next list of music documentaries – Lowell Sun

This fall promises an embarrassment of riches of streaming musical documentaries. From some of the greatest bands and albums of all time to more niche interests, there is a plethora of content coming to streaming services in November and December, so here’s a list of the best rockumentaries to air soon.

Just in time for your Thanksgiving viewing, director Peter Jackson will unveil six hours of restored footage from The Beatles’ recording “Let it Be” over three nights, starting November 25 on Disney +. “The Beatles: Get Back” is a three-part miniseries edited from restored footage that was recorded for Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 doc “Let It Be” (the title of the working album was “Get Back”).

During the editing process, Jackson discovered that unlike the controversial process described in “Let It Be,” the footage revealed that there was much less discord than what the cultural myth has become. Created in cooperation with the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the widows and children of John Lennon and George Harrison, “The Beatles: Get Back” covers 21 days in studio rehearsal for the album, concert and film and ends with a 42-minute rooftop concert.

The documentary “Jagged”, directed by Alison Klayman, is a deep dive into another massive, culture-changing album, “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette. After its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Jagged” arrives on HBO Max Thursday, kicking off a month of rock documentaries as part of the Music Box series on HBO Max, produced by The Ringer honcho Bill Simmons and his Ringer Films imprint, which already debuted “Woodstock 99: Peace Love and Rage” on HBO Max over the summer.

“Jagged” follows the phenomenon of the best-selling rock opus “Jagged Little Pill” and gives Morissette her due for claiming a place in mainstream rock culture for faith-based singer-songwriters who happened to be women. In the film’s interviews, Morissette is charming and radiant, and Klayman painted a beautiful and nuanced portrayal of this album and Morissette’s meteoric rise to fame in the mid-90s. Sadly, Morissette subsequently disowned the album. film for including references to potential sexual abuse that may have occurred when she was a teenage pop star in Canada. Nonetheless, for those who grew up with “Jagged Little Pill”, the film is a beautiful and nostalgic musical journey.

Violent J of Insane Clown Posse before the Juggalo March takes off from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall on September 16, 2017, in Washington, DC Fans of the Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were protesting their identification as as a gang by the FBI in a 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images / TNS)

Four more music docs will drop on HBO Max each week through November and December, including “Don’t Try To Understand: A Year in the Life of Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons,” directed by Chris Frierson and premiered on November 25, after the late rapper as he tries to rebuild his life after being released from prison in 2019. On December 2, watch Penny Lane’s legendary film “Listening to Kenny G”, about the king of smooth jazz, and December 9. John Maggio’s doc “M. Saturday Night”, about Bee Gees manager and “Saturday Night Fever” producer Robert Stigwood. Finally, on December 16, the Music Box series ends with “Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss” directed by Tommy Oliver, about the young rapper who died far too early at the age of 21 in 2019, and recently won an award. at AFI Festival.

Currently available to stream on Apple TV +, Todd Haynes’ dense and abstract documentary “The Velvet Underground”, about the legendary New York rock band of the 1960s. Haynes, the acclaimed director of “Carol”, “Far From Heaven” and “Dark Waters,” padded this documentary portrait from a plethora of archival footage and interviews, as well as Andy Warhol’s factory films.

Finally, “The United States of Insanity”, directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez will be available on VOD on December 10th. This doc explores the subculture of the Juggalos, fans of Michigan rap duo Insane Clown Posse, known for their distinctive white. and black face paint. The film takes a look at the FBI’s designation of the Juggalos as a gang and the ensuing legal battle against that label, with the ACLU on board. From the Beatles to the Insane Clown Posse, there’s a streaming doc for all types of music fans coming this fall.

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