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OK, here are some:
1. All of the 'Classic Albums' DVDs, most of which are available on Netflix. They are about the making of particularly important or influential albums. Some that I've seen are Dark Side of the Moon, 2112/Moving Pictures, Graceland, the Black album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, The Band, Who Are You, Transformer, Joshua Tree, Face Value, Bat Out of Hell, Plastic Ono Band, Rio, Night at the Opera, Aja, and others.
2. Becoming Human - about the roots of human evolution. It's a PBS thing I think.
3. Big Star- Nothing Can Hurt Me - about the great band Big Star, who were hugely influential after the fact but were just born at the wrong time so they never achieved broad fame.
4. The Day The Earth Stood Still / Connections (original and 2 and 3 series.) - A series that explores the way discoveries and connections between people and ideas percolate down through history in crazy ways. These are old and the fashion is kind of scary, but they are all still quite relevant and informative.
5. Decade Under the Influence - about the upsurge of independent cinema in the 70s
6. Here is What Is - Part documentary, part musical exploration, part psychedelic trip, by Daniel Lanois (a very wide traveled musician and producer who was worked on some incredible albums.) There is some stunning musical performances in this one.
7. Howard Goodall's docs on music (Organ Works, Big Bangs, How Music is Made) - All very informative and entertaining
8. Moog Documentary - About the life and work of Robert Moog, the inventor of the synthesizer
9. Tom Dowd : The Language of Music - About the legendary engineer/producer of Atlantic Records who worked on boatloads of uber-classic albums.
10. 20 Feet from Stardom - About the lives of backup singers. I love this one
11. Muscle Shoals - About the small but legendary studio where a crazy number of classic albums were made
12. When we Left Earth - A three disc set on the space program from the start up through the Skylab era
13. Side By Side - a doc by Keaneu Reeves about the current transition from film to digital technology and how it's affected things.
14. Herb and Dorothy - About two very average people who became the greatest collectors of modern art of pretty much all time, on regular salaries.
15. Running Down a Dream - A pretty comprehensive documentary about Tom Petty
16. Helvetica - A pretty fascinating doc about the ubiquitous Helvetica font face, and a lot of general information about the development of typography.
17. Amazing Journey - A fairly comprehensive doc about the history of The Who
18. Senna - A documentary about the life of legendary F1 driver Ayrtan Senna.
19. The Medici - A four part documentary on the famous Medici family of Florence, who were gigantically influential in many ways.
20. Joni Mitchell - Heart and Mind - A really good documentary about the life and music of Joni Mitchell.
21. Hype! - A great documentary about the grunge movement in Seattle. Very entertaining with lots of good performances
22. Dig! - A really entertaining documentary about two sort of interlinked bands, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
23. Sound City - A really good doc about the demise of the dumpy but legendary studio.
24. Indie Game : The Movie - A documentary about independent game developers. I thought it was wonderful, but perhaps because it struck very close to home for me, as a software developer.
25. Foo Fighters : Back and Forth - A summing up of the career of the Foo Fighters from the end of Nirvana up through their peak success period.
There are many more I've seen but would have to really work to remember, and many more on Youtube that I'd have to go find in order to get the titles and links to. But a couple Youtube ones I have right off the top of my head:
1. Great Pianists of the 20th Century - a broad overview of top pianist and a lot of information about them and what influenced them and what influence they had on others and so forth.
2. Howard Goodall's "How Music is Made" docs listed above are not on DVD but they are on Youtube. They are BBC so it's not a problem for them to be there, they were paid for by public money to begin with.
Last edited by Dean Roddey; 02-25-2016 at 03:38 PM.