Films/DVDs

Rock movies come in a variety of modes: Biopics about musical artists, fictional stories set in a musical milieu, documentaries about stars and legends, bands, musicians and other musical figures, subjects and topics, and concerts and live musical performances, among others. Whether coming to or playing in theaters, on TV, or released on DVD and Blu-ray, we fill you in on what you may want to see.

Listless Andy Summers Doc

Subtitled “Surviving The Police,” one has to wonder just what guitarist Andy Summers had to overcome when superstardom ended – other than just that.

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Love & Mercy: Best Rock Star Biopic Ever?

The seemingly risky move of having two actors play Brian Wilson – Paul Dano as the young Beach Boy and John Cusack as the older Wilson – succeeds admirably in this emotionally compelling film that tells the legendary artist’s story with the ring of truth and uncanny accuracy.

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‘Ecstatic’ Wilko Johnson Film Explores Life & Death

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson Directed by Julien Temple This film brilliantly reconfigures the documentary form into a rumination cum celebration of the double helix of life and mortality that pays evocative homage to cinema, literature, poetry, Shakespeare and rock’n’roll

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Who Were Who Managers Lambert & Stamp?

Lambert & Stamp Directed by James D. Cooper Around the same time the Beatles movie Help! sparked the creation of the Monkees, two aspiring filmmakers in London decided making a rock movie was the way to launch their own careers.

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Doug Sahm’s Groove Captured in New Documentary

Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove Directed by Joe Nick Patoski Doug Sahm died at age 58 in November of 1999. You could say he passed before his time, or maybe he was just so much of his

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Wrecking Crew Doc Honors L.A.’s Master Studio Musicians

The Wrecking Crew Directed by Denny Tedesco This film about The Wrecking Crew started production in 1996, premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2008 and finally received a theatrical release this year. If it had been a

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A Momentous Day for the Stones

This DVD is short on songs – only 7 of the 14 played at their historical free Hyde Park concert in 1969 – but it’s like a time machine visit to the event.

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