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Don't worry, though, this isn't a greatest-hits compilation! We've got nine new docs from 2022 that cover everything from the world's most legendary studio to next-gen flute-playing icons that will keep you entertained during your break. Let's get it going...
Alright, who's the pro audio nerd at Disney that has given us the gift of music docs two years in a row? Last year, The Beatles: Get Back inspired us with a treasure trove of gear footage, as the Fab Four, Glyn Johns, and George Martin worked on Let It Be. This year, we've got If These Walls Could Sing! This loving documentary from directory Mary McCartney shares the amazing story of Abbey Road Studios. There are some incredible interviews from Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Elton John, John Williams, and Kate Bush, and loads of photos and footage to keep your gear lust satiated.
If you didn't live through David Bowie's heyday, it's probably hard to realize how much he flipped the world on its head. After all, this skinny white kid from Brixton crafted timeless records AND inspired several generations of freaks to let their flags fly high.
Moonage Daydream is the story of Bowie's life through the lens of a 16MM camera. The film is nothing short of a sensory-pleasing odyssey, as filmmaker Bretty Morgen (The Rolling Stones' Crossfire Hurricane, The Kid Stays In The Picture, Jane) blurs space, time, and song with absolutely amazing visuals.
Sheryl Crow has been a dominant force in the music industry for nearly four decades. She's done things her way and come out on top with massive hits like "If It Makes You Happy," "All I Wanna Do," and "Soak Up the Sun," but that doesn't mean it has been easy.
In the new Showtime doc, Sheryl, the singer/songwriter, opens up about the highs and lows of her career. Taking us all the way back to her days as a touring vocalist with Michael Jackson, we gain firsthand insight into the hits, the misses, the fame, and the roadblocks to success in a male-dominated industry.
We've already talked about two generational talents that have shaped the landscape of music, so why not add one more to the list?! In just a few years' time, Lizzo has already established herself as a force to be reckoned with. She sings, she raps, she flutes... Is there anything the 34-year-old can't do?
Love, Lizzo is an inspirational story of a kid from Detroit that moved to Houston and became obsessed with writing pop music. The only problem was that she was too shy to perform it. The doc showcases how Lizzo found her voice and, in the process, gave a voice to millions of people around the world who identified with her.
Leave it to Neil Young and Daryl Hannah to do something completely different. The husband/wife duo offers a one-of-a-kind glimpse into Neil and Crazy Horse's songwriting process as the group works in a 19th-century log barn. It's a documentary in the most organic form. Point the camera and shoot. Bonus points for all of the amazing gear to look at in the background.
As our entry on Sheryl mentioned, it's no secret that the boy's club has always made it hard for female-identifying artists (and others) to break through. The four-part Woman Who Rock series tells the stories of innovators like Mavis Staples, Chaka Khan, and Heart, who tore down walls and created a platform for the music makers of today. Lots of incredible interviews in this doc from legends like Joan Jett, Shiela E, and even more recent stars like Annie Clark of St. Vincent.
Like Please Kill Me before it, Lizzy Goodman's book Meet Me In The Bathroom puts you right at the heart of New York's burgeoning music scene. The cast of the characters is different this time around (The Strokes take the place of the New York Dolls), but the story is pretty similar. Too much, too soon.
Filmmakers Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern pick up the story and tell it through archival footage and interviews of bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and the aforementioned Strokes. It's hard to believe we are 20 years removed from the last large-scale surge of new rock bands, but we're sure this doc will inspire more than a few kids to start jamming away in a garage somewhere.
We typically keep this list to straight-up documentaries, but with that being said, there is something special about Travelin' Band. The film captures Creedence at their absolute chooglin' peak in April 1970 at the Royal Albert Hall and reminds us how underrated they are in music history. CCR is all about masterful songwriting, incredible playing, and an unmatched sense of earnestness.
While tearing up a photo of the Pope might seem tame by today's standards, Sinéad O'Connor shocked the world when she did it on Saturday Night Live in 1992. Some deemed it a "publicity stunt," but Nothing Compares demonstrates how the act of protest had a much deeper meaning for the artist.
Life was not easy for Sinéad after her SNL appearance, which means there are some hard-hitting moments in this documentary. But in the end, Nothing Compares is a tale of redemption. Sinéad is now known as an artist who used her voice to call out injustices that affected many people worldwide.
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