Projects targeted on D'Angelo, the Jonas Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and Lil Peep will quickly be part of this yr's must-see music documentaries.
We’re solely in March, and 2019 has already been a watershed yr for music docs. It hasn’t all the time been nice: The yr started with Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre, competing docs that seen the egomaniacal catastrophe of Fyre Festival by totally different lenses. Hot takes flew. Ja Rule claimed blamelessness. Fest coordinator Andy King turned, er, an unconventional hero. It was solely the start.
No quantity of Fyre might examine to the one-two punch of Surviving R. Kelly and Leaving Neverland, although. These documentaries concerning the alleged sexual misconduct of R. Kelly and Michael Jackson weren’t simply scandalizing -- they have been devastating, and culture-shifting. All this public mortar-fire leaves the remainder of 2019’s music docs in a bizarre spot, because it appears virtually not possible to fire up as a lot consideration because the explosive revelations of the Jackson and Kelly airings-out.
Still, there’s motive to be optimistic with the upcoming docs that are on the docket. We’re in for lots of basic rock -- Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Mötley Crüe and extra will see the large display screen. The not too long ago departed Chris Cornell and Lil Peep will get their cinematic dues. And, sure, we’re in for much more Queen. Here are the music documentaries we're already wanting ahead to for the remainder of the yr:
Classic Rock Still Reigns…
The yr is about to be jam-packed with basic rock flicks, and the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival is main the best way. The New York City-based spring showcase will premiere a slew of AOR-based docs in 2019. Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation will broaden upon the basic 1970 rock-doc for the competition’s 50th anniversary. The Quiet One will profile Bill Wyman, the enigmatic founding bassist of the Rolling Stones.
Outside of Tribeca, the Jimi Hendrix doc Electric Church is within the midst of a theatrical run after its Showtime premiere final yr. And whereas it's not a documentary, hair-metal followers can be well-advised to look out for Netflix’s The Dirt, a biopic primarily based on the misadventures of Mötley Crüe, to drop March 22.
We’d even be remiss to not point out Queen and Adam Lambert’s upcoming doc, The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story, about how the stadium heroes soldiered on after Freddie Mercury’s passing, with American Idol alum Lambert on the helm. No quantity of blended opinions for Bohemian Rhapsody or controversy surrounding its director, Bryan Singer, can tarnish the truth that the general public clearly desires extra Queen.
Other titles for the indeterminate future embody Who the Fuck Is Frank Zappa?, concerning the idiosyncratic cult rock hero, and a Peter Jackson-helmed doc that guarantees to revive hours of footage from the the Beatles’ Let It Be periods.
...And So Do Country and Soul
Billie Holiday’s quick life was marked by mercurial genius and tragic circumstance. A doc about her life and profession is presently within the works, title TBD.
Meanwhile, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice will have fun the legendary country-rock singer with visitor spots from Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton and a particular efficiency from Sheryl Crow. Speaking of Dolly, an eight-part sequence on the Nashville icon -- with every episode themed round certainly one of her basic tunes -- is forthcoming as effectively.
D’Angelo: Devil’s Pie, additionally premiering at Tribeca, will peer into the work of the titular R&B performer, who took a decade-long sabbatical from music earlier than returning along with his acclaimed 2014 full-length Black Messiah.
Tributes to Those Who Left Us
The yr may even see filmed tributes to 2 proficient but troubled artists. Everybody’s Everything, a doc concerning the late Lil Peep that's government produced by legendary director Terrence Malick, will premiere at SXSW this yr. A Brad Pitt-directed function about Soundgarden’s chief Chris Cornell is presently within the works, too, whereas Latin star Selena Quintanilla can be getting a scripted Netflix sequence that explores her life and music.
Cornell isn't the one fallen alt-rock determine to be getting the documentary remedy, both. Sublime, a doc concerning the Long Beach reggae-punk heroes (led by Bradley Nowell, who died simply earlier than the band's 1996 business breakthrough); Shannon Hoon: All I Can Say, concerning the late Blind Melon frontman; Mystify: Michael Hutchence, which dives into the life and instances of the late INXS singer; and Other Music, concerning the defunct NYC report retailer (and that includes Vampire Weekend, the Strokes and extra), will all premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.
...And Don't Forget About the Jonas Brothers
It’s not simply the previous guard and the fallen heroes getting the full-length movie remedy this yr! Expect a still-untitled, Amazon Prime-helmed doc concerning the JoBros, described as a "private, behind the scenes look" on the brothers as they put together for his or her first tour since reuniting. What will we study concerning the boy band, who simply topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the primary time with their first single in six years?