A steady stream of compelling documentaries about popular musicians has come down the pipelines lately – and more is on the way. From the icon Tina Turner‘s Tina on HBO and Young Grammy Winner Billie EilishApple TV + hit The world is a little blurry to rock Bruce Springsteen‘s Letter to You, there is something for just about every musical taste.
So let’s get started. Here are 10 pedals on those metal music documents you won’t want to miss.
Including Never-before-seen footage, tapes and interviews with stars like Angela Bassett and Oprah WinfreyIt tells the story of Turner’s struggles with domestic violence and her rise to fame – a fame she did not claim for many years.
Directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, it’s ffrom OBB Films, the same people behind the record breaking YouTube Originals Justin Bieber: Meetingsand it serves as the perfect accompaniment to their new album, Dancing with the devil … the art of starting over.
Dancing with the devil
The pop star is one of the hottest musical documents of the moment Demi Lovato Dancing with the devil, a four-part documentary currently available on YouTube. The project traces the last few years of the actress and singer on “Cool for the Summer” as she recounts her battle against addiction, including a near-fatal overdose in 2018, as well as battles with mental illness and eating disorders.
Billie Eilish: The world is a little blurry
This offering from award-winning filmmaker RJ Cutler (Belushi) first premiered in theaters before landing on Apple TV + in February 2021. The intimate portrait introduces viewers to the creative process behind the youthful singer-songwriter’s groundbreaking debut album When we all fall asleep, where do we go ?. From Eilish’s humble beginnings to her meteoric rise and cleaning up at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, it’s a one-of-a-kind look at a star that’s just getting started.
The Bee Gees: How Can You Heal a Broken Heart?
Acclaimed filmmaker Frank Marshall leads the audience through the triumphs and difficulties of the Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb brothers, who took the world by storm as Bee Gees. After making a name for itself in the 1960s, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers wrote over a thousand songs and 20 # 1 hits during her prolific career. It’s fun watching the pop group’s popularity explosion thanks to their contributions to Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack that became one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Framing Britney Spears
The New York Times publication on FX and then Hulu is a sobering look at the impact fame can have on a person’s life. Pop superstar Britney SpearsThe brutal legal battle with her father over the more than ten year judicial conservatory is a tough watch. The Doctor also delves into Spears’ struggles as she grew up in the spotlight in the 1990s, with paparazzi following her every move. It was also a conversation starter when it comes to misogyny and double standards in the entertainment industry.
Singer-songwriter and former Vine star Shawn Mendes is the subject of this Netflix movie, directed by Grant Singer, who has worked on music videos with artists from The Weeknd to Mendes’ own friend, Camila Cabello. The documentary gives a glimpse into Mendes’ life on and offstage, as well as into his fight against depression and anxiety. This document coincided with Mendes’ fourth studio album wonder.
If you miss out on attending live shows, this concert documentary on Netflix is a great way to remember. Named after a text from Ariana Grande’s 2018 album sweetenerIt’s a behind-the-scenes look at the vocal powerhouse’s world tour of the same name as she takes the stage in London. Grande was also the subject of a YouTube Premium web series Dangerous women’s diaries a couple of years earlier.
This Netflix-produced Doc first bowed at the Sundance Film Festival before arriving on the streamer in January. The film explores Taylor Swift’s public transformation from prolific singer-songwriter to singer-songwriter activist. It’s a provocative look behind the scenes of an entertainer who learns the true power of her voice and makes a difference. You can also watch the concert film that surrounds their surprise album folklore called Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions on Disney +.
This 90-minute documentary by longtime collaborator Thom Zimmy, shown on Apple TV +, follows Bruce Springsteen, aka “The Boss,” as he makes his 20th studio album. Letter to you. While cameras accompany Springsteen on a four-day recording session with the E Street Band in his home studio in New Jersey, the legendary performer also reflects on his legacy and creative process.
The Beatles: Come back
Directed by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings), this highly anticipated documentary covers the making of the Beatles’ final studio album let it be, which came out in 1970 and originally had the working title come back. Using footage from director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary, this fresh look explores the camaraderie that is often questioned between the Fab Four. Find it on Disney + on August 27th.