Films/DVDs

Rock movies come in a variety of modes: Biopics, fictional stories set in a music setting, documentaries about stars, bands, musicians and other musical figures and topics, plus 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

Joe Cocker Documentary: ‘Mad Dog With Soul’

A fine new film chronicles the remarkable rise and heartbreaking downfall of the British soul-rock legend. Numerous live and interview clips tell the tale.

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Amy Winehouse Documentary Haunts

The Academy Award-winning documentary is a “dark and painful” tale that sadly shows how she was destined to die young and join music’s “27 Club”

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Blackmore, Private Guitar Star, Opens Up

The recently released Ritchie Blackmore Story DVD may very well have helped Deep Purple’s selection for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. “A rock eccentric’s life worth witnessing.”

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Janis Joplin Doc: ‘Little Girl Blue’

In the new documentary, “Little Girl Blue,” the legend bares her soul. The soundtrack is now out; the film airs on PBS’ American Masters in May 3. Review…

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Tower Records All Things Must Pass: Rise, Sad Fall

Tower grew from a one store in Sacramento, CA to a global chain at the core of the record business. Colin Hanks’ documentary captures its experience.

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‘Big In Japan’ Rocks Like Real Life

This charming indie film about a rock band making its last stab at success in Tokyo uses the real life group Tennis Pro to make a rock flick that feels true. With its very cool songs, superb performances by its all amateur actors and vivid scenes in the land of the rising son, Big in Japan charms and gets life in a band right.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO: A Triumphant Night Out

A new DVD, Jeff Lynne’s ELO Live In Hyde Park, is a great precursor to a worldwide tour thanks to Lynne’s recent announcement that he’s resurrecting the Electric Light Orchestra

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Color Keith’s Influences Blue

Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville captures the essence of Rolling Stone Keith Richards in the masterful documentary, Under The Influence.

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How Have The Mekons Survived?

Against most odds and the worst vagaries of the music business, former punks turned roots music collective The Mekons have become beloved by enough fans. The 2013 documentary, Revenge Of The Mekons, is now out on DVD.

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Does Ricki Rock?

Can Meryl Streep rock the silver screen in Ricki and The Flash? Her all-too-rare in the movies real live band certainly does in this pleasant enough flick.

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