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Published on December 3rd, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Weekly survey: What’s the best music doc for long winter nights?

We’re entering the darkest time of the year, the stretch during which we are deprived of sunshine. Time to cocoon for a bit, which may mean settling down with some music documentaries on Netflix.

Here’s the survey question for the week: Recommend a great music doc. It can be from any genre from any era. And it doesn’t matter that it’s currently not on Netflix because chances are you can find it somewhere else (iTunes, YouTube, Qello, etc.)

Drop your suggestion below. You’ll end up helping your fellow music fan getting through those long winter nights.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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17 Responses to Weekly survey: What’s the best music doc for long winter nights?

  1. Scott says:

    Queen Days of our Lives (From Bryan May and Roger Taylor)
    The Festival Express (Historical Rock acts on a train in Canada in 1970)
    The Devil and Daniel Johnston (more than just music, mental health)
    Janis: Little Girl Blue (Janis Joplin. Its on Youtube Movies to rent for 2.99)

    I’m going to be looking for George Harrison: Living in the Material World

  2. adam says:

    MC5: A True Testimonial

  3. Not Important says:

    American Hardcore (2006) & Oasis: Supersonic (2016)
    Completely different genres but both must see viewing for people who like music docs.

  4. RB says:

    Quincy Jones docu is a MUST…RadioRon

  5. Josh from Buffalo says:

    It’s no Depeche Mode 101 but that Glen Campbell documentary “I’ll be me” on Netflix was pretty good.

  6. Who Asked You says:

    Korn- Deuce
    A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica
    Blind Melon- Letters from a Porcupine
    The Black Crowes- Who Killed That Bird Out On Your Windowsill
    Heavy Metal Parking Lot

  7. Call Me Snake says:

    The Decline of Western Civilization, all 3 parts

  8. Grant Ball says:


    Easily one of my favorite music documentaries of all time.

  9. Brad Morton says:

    Muscle Shoals documentary (2013)!

  10. Jay says:

    Rush – Beyond the Lighted Stage
    Foo Fighters – Back and Forth
    Lemmy – 49% Motherf_cker, 51% Son of a B_tch
    Iron Maiden – Flight 666

  11. Don Helm says:

    Hired Guns.
    Chicago .. I can’t remember it’s title, but I believe it’s The History Of…
    The Wrecking Crew
    Foo Fighters ..
    Janis Joplin’s … I think it was called Pearl …they are all on Netflix, or were.

  12. Chris says:

    Sugar man is fantastic. Also hip hop evolution whether or not you’re a fan of hip hop. The story is great and they dive into the influence hip hop had on post punk in NYC in the 70s and 80s

  13. Chad says:

    Awesome, I fuckin shot that -Beastie Boys
    Montage of heck – Kurt Cobain
    Sweet Dreams – Patsy Cline

  14. Jeff says:

    Sound city
    The last waltz
    Festival express
    A band called death

  15. Step says:

    Searching for Sugar Man

  16. Call Me Snake says:

    Another good one is You’re Gonna Miss Me, Rocky Erickson former front man of The 13th floor Elevators.

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