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Get Back’ to headline upcoming music documentaries – Sentinel and Enterprise

This fall promises a mess of streaming music documentaries riches. From some of the greatest bands and albums of all time, to more niche interests, there’s a slew of material coming to streaming services in November and December, so here’s a list of the best rockumentaries to stream soon.

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

During the editing process, Jackson found that unlike the contentious process depicted in “Let It Be,” the footage revealed far less divisiveness than the cultural myth has become. Created with the cooperation of 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 the rehearsal studio for the album, concert and film and ends with a 42-minute rooftop concert.

The Alison Klayman-directed “Jagged” documentary is a deep dive into another massive culture-changing album, Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.” After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Jagged” hits HBO Max on 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 previously premiered “Woodstock 99: Peace Love and Rage” on HBO Max over the summer.

“Jagged” follows the phenomenon that is the best-selling rock opus “Jagged Little Pill,” and gives Morissette its due for claiming space in mainstream rock culture for faith-based singer-songwriters who found themselves to be women. In interviews for the film, Morissette is charming and radiant, and Klayman painted a beautiful and nuanced portrait of this album and Morissette’s meteoric rise to fame in the mid-90s. Sadly, Morissette later disavowed the 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 came of age with “Jagged Little Pill,” the film is a beautiful, nostalgic musical journey.

Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse before the Juggalo march takes off from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, September 16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as the Juggalos, protesting their identification as as a gang by the FBI in a 2011 national gang threat assessment. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/TNS)

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

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

Finally, “The United States of Insanity”, directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, will be available on VOD on December 10. This documentary explores the subculture of the Juggalos, fans of Michigan rap duo Insane Clown Posse, known for their distinctive whiteness. and black face paint. The film delves into 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 music fans coming this fall.

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