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Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

When photographer Mick Rock divulges his encounters with David Bowie or Syd Barrett or Lou Reed, Shot! lifts off the ground like a rocket.

Bang! The Bert Berns Story | DOC NYC

The tunesmith and record producer’s crowded, busy life and underappreciated 1960s musical legacy form the subject of this tribute.

We Are X

X Japan is the premier Japanese metal band, a mélange of thrash, glam, and symphonic rock.

Danny Says

Like a transgressive Forrest Gump, Danny Fields is at the nexus of pretty much every major alternative moment in rock and roll from the 1960s to the ’80s.

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

This portmanteau of the 1960’s counterculture figure creates a portrait of a prickly, uncompromising man. It eschews the normal rock bio-doc format, and it’s all the better for it.

Breaking a Monster

The 13-year-old members of the heavy metal band Unlocking the Truth are not old enough to attend high school, but they have already signed a $1.8 million recording deal.

Presenting Princess Shaw

One artist from across the world finds a connection with someone he’s never met and uses his genius and the tools at his disposal to give her what she could not have done on her own.

They Will Have to Kill Us First

They Will Have to Kill Us First tracks the various paths taken by musicians exiled from northern Mali after Islamist Jihadist have taken over.

Sound of Redemption

Spoiler alert: Unlike several of this past year’s other touted musician bio-documentaries—Amy, Janis: Little Blue Girl, and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck—saxophonist supreme Frank Morgan did not overdose on drugs. Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story has resonances with the usual Behind the Music tales of success, addiction, recovery, and comeback. However, the strong […]