Category Archives: Music Documentaries

Music Documentary 7: About Fleetwood Mac

I was looking into the TV guide to see what was featured tonight on the Dutch TV (as usual, not much which was interesting to watch) and I saw that they would do a re-run of the Fleetwood Mac documentary I saw last year. It’s a documentary about the great album Rumours of Fleetwood Mac. It’s part of the Classic Albums series, which is of course by itself a success and great! I have to see if they are available on DVD, since they are very interesting…

This documentary shows how strange the album Rumours is. As you probably know, Fleetwood Mac was a band where there were two couples, but they both were divorcing and the songs they wrote for each other were about how difficult the time was. Ironic is that the persons singing the songs were singing about themselves…

Luckily I found the documentary online, so if you’ve got a spare hour:Fleetwood Mac- Rumours

Music Documentary 6: About George Harrison

Some documentaries are very good. Some are short and others are a bit longer. This documentary was long. Three and a half hours.

I saw it on TV, I think last year somewhere, and I thought it was a superb documentary. A lot of archive material, material which never was showed and new music. That’s why we watch documentaries! But not only for the exclusive material, we also want to learn something. And that was a point in which it succeeded. I didn’t know a lot about the Beatles, and the things I knew were about either Paul McCartney or John Lennon. Those are interesting persons, but if you think George Harrison was boring, you’re deadly wrong. This documentary makes you see the Beatles from a different perspective, and learns you a lot about their different stages, such as the stage in which Eastern philosophy is very important.

If you can find it anywhere on DVD, buy it! You won’t regret it, even though you don’t like the Beatles. I could not find a link, but it’s called Living In The Material World.

Music Documentary 5: About David Bowie

It has been a while since I published the last music documentary here. There were two problems: firstly it was much too nice weather to sit inside watching the TV, secondly there was a problem with the programmes broadcasted. As far as I could see there were no music documentaries on in the summer, but luckily the season has started again.

Last week I saw a documentary about one of the most intruiging people in the music world: David Bowie. It’s not only his music which is superb, it’s his image, too. Seeing this documentary completed my vision of him as a person who changed his image, but there was more: I was able to place the music from the collector album we have in different periods, and doing this I got a good picture of how he developed his style.

There is one problem: I could not find a link to the documentary in English, no link at all, actually.

Maybe you find it somewhere, it’s called David Bowie: Five Years, a documentary from 2013. If you have a link, share it with us!

Music documentary: About Meat Loaf

There is a series on TV with all sorts of documentaries on albums of artists: Classic Albums. I absolutely love this series, since the documentaries are very informative, not too long (about an hour) and you really learn something of them. Lately I saw the documentary about Bat Out Of Hell. It was a re-run, but the first time I have missed a part, so I thought: let’s watch it completely this time! And I succeeded.

Why do I choose the documentary of Meat Loaf above all? Because this documentary is on a great album with some hits everybody knows (who doesn’t know Paradise by the Dashboardlight? Apart from most of my classmates, that is…), and with some history and deeper meanings into them. One of the things I learned from this documentary was for instance that the sports part of Paradise By The Dashboardlight was quite naughty… in the Netherlands, this part simply is cut out because the record is too long, in America this part is cut out because of… watch and learn! 🙂

Do you have a link, too? Well, if I’m correct, this must be the one: Bat out of Hell documentary. (if not so, I’m sorry!)

Music documentary 2: About the Bee Gees

If you ask me to name a band which was important in different streams of music, I will think some time and then give an answer: the Bee Gees.
They had lots of hits in different years, varying from the sixties to the nineties, and they were important in the music for the disco. As they say in the documentary, they actually made the disco.

The documentary I want to discuss is called In Our Own Time. It is made up out of several interviews, with some nice performances. In the documentary, all their years come along, and it is build up logically. Starting with a live performance, then going on with the prehistory of the Bee Gees, then the start, the “in between” years, and then the Fever.

Unfortunately two of the three members died in the past years. The strange thing is that the oldest is still standing!
Enjoy this documentary, you can find it in several parts on YouTube. Here’s part 1 of In Our Own Time.

Music documentary 1: About The Doors

I intend to give some attention to a music documentary here every week.
And I thought that it might be nice kicking off with a documentary about The Doors I saw some weeks ago. It is called When You’re Strange, and it told the story of the Doors quite good. I didn’t know a lot about the Doors before it, but I decided to fill this missing knowledge by watching the documentary. It is made good, with a lot of archive material, the voice of Johnny Depp telling the story of the Doors. There were some parts in between the archive material I didn’t see the use of, when a man who is riding his car, but that can be my fault…

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link to a website where the whole movie can be watched, so if you have it…

The documentary is worth watching if you don’t know a lot about the Doors, and I think fans who have not seen it yet might enjoy it as well.

Rating: ****