Disney+ Hotstar’s musical documentary mini-series The Beatles Get Back was an insightful and inspiring portrayal of the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album ‘Let It Be’. Even though conceived initially as a feature film, it ended up becoming a 3-part documentary much like HBO’s Nuclear Family. Directed by the acclaimed director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson did a fine job in refining the series’ source material- Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary of the album and putting it into a simpler perspective for the audience to grasp.
Nonetheless, the legacy of the Beatles has lived and will live with or without the presence of these documentaries. However, these type of documentaries is a pleasant surprise as they give the viewer a sneak peek into the life of stars they have only gotten a chance to admire from afar. The historical merit and the band’s inner workings have been highlighted well and have been praised by fans and critics alike. If you are someone who has enjoyed watching this docu-series and are sad that it is over, here’s a little list of documentaries made on musical artists and their lives that you will surely like!
List of Musical Documentaries like The Beatles Get Back to Enjoy!
History of the Eagles
One of America’s favourite rock bands that have been adorned with Grammys and AMAs, History of the Eagles is a two-part documentary based on the career of the band Eagles who gave us the acclaimed album Hotel California that to date sends shivers down everyone’s spines. The show was aired by Showtime and even received an Emmy award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming. You can check out the trailer for the same below.
Framing Britney Spears
Sometimes, the films we watch are not just for our entertainment and education. At times they are the shining beacon of light at the end of someone’s tunnel. Now, that Britney Spears’ 13-year-old conservatorship has been renounced there is no better time to appreciate the documentaries made that helped people realize what Britney Spears was going through- her emotional and mental struggle, the abuse she faced and the inability to ever truly feel free. Framing Britney Spears is just one of them but the best, whose trailer you can check out below.
This 2021 documentary film chronicles the life of Britney Spears from her rise to fame as a pop sensation at 16 to her misogynistic treatment by the media and paparazzi and her public breakdown in 2007 to the conservatorship and the rise of #FreeBritney movement. The film even received Emmy nominations for such a brilliant portrayal of the reality of the star’s life. You can also check out the documentary Britney Vs Spears which specifically focuses on Britney’s Conservatorship, streaming now on Netflix. You can read the review for the same, here.
Talking about another misunderstood pop sensation, Taylor Swift cannot be left out of the discussion. With the re-recording and release of Red (Taylor’s Version), the artist has again made headlines, not without some unpleasant remarks about “why does she keep targetting her ex-boyfriends?” Well as much as one would like to take a neutral standpoint in this argument, it is hard for people to ever take the feelings of girls, especially young girls, seriously or even validate them as humane and not immature. Taylor Swift has found her way out of this circus though but, not without her share of trauma.
Miss Americana (aka Taylor Swift: Miss Americana) is a 2020 documentary film that focuses on Taylor Swift’s transitional phase in life and career. It touches on sensitive topics of the artist’s battle with body dysmorphia and eating disorders, her mother’s cancer diagnosis, her sexual assault trial and various other aspects. You can check out the trailer for Taylor Swift’s documentary above and watch the film directly now on Netflix.
When You’re Strange
Nobody can ever forget The Doors and the band’s frontman, the charismatic Jim Morrison. Narrated by Johnny Depp, When You’re Strange follows the band’s formation in 1965 and how they developed over the next two years to finally release their debut album and more. The docu-film also sheds light on Jim Morrison’s use of alcohol and drugs and his subsequent death in Paris in July 1971. The film offers archival footage of the band and also a background on Morrison’s arrest at a 1969 Miami concert and trial. It won the Grammy for the Best Long Form Video. You can watch the trailer below.
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky
We did not miss out on the Hip Hop K-pop fans’ favourite girl band, BLACKPINK. The 2020 documentary film BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky tells the story of this South Korean girl band’s rise to fame and how they are as individuals and bandmates. The film focuses a lot on each individual’s individuality which is not often visible when they perform as a band, giving fans insight into the unknown. The film is streaming now on Netflix. You can check out the trailer for the same below.
Hope you enjoy these recommendations. For more such listicles and recommendations, stay tuned! Meanwhile, if you haven’t watched The Beatles: Get Back, check it out now on Disney+ Hotstar.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.