Whether it’s a biopic, documentary or fictional narrative, there’s nothing like a great film about a band or artist. Here’s a list about some of our selections that relay the impact music can bring about.
Austin To Boston (2015)
This documentary directed by James Marcus Haney and presented by Communion Records, follows four bands for two weeks on tour from Austin to Boston in five old VW’s and displays how music can intertwine us all. The tour features Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear’s Den as they go across three thousand miles playing shows along the way and explain not only what music means to them, but how it creates meaningful connections with others. That it’s not about the destination, but the journey itself and how it’s the far superior part.
Muscle Shoals (2013)
This film examines the magic of Muscle Shoals, a small town in Alabama, where FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio resides. Director Greg Camalier gives homage to the great studios where many artists such The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Lynyrd Skynyrd have recorded great works of music. The artists discuss what it meant to record there and what the “Muscle Shoals Sound” really means. This historic place produced a dynamic environment for musicians to hone in on their artistic visions and create the records that a lot of us are familiar with today.
The Beatles: Eight Days A Night- The Touring Years (2016)
Directed by Ron Howard, the movie explores the beginning road days for The Beatles, their enduring bond and the substantial music that has inspired many and lasted decades. The film includes members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with archived footage of George Harrison and John Lennon breaking down the milestones and most memorable shows from the band’s years together. You get a good scope of the increased scale as their career progressed and the intensity of the band’s following.
Almost Famous (2000)
This movie directed by Cameron Crowe and based on his own experience, when he was a young writer for Rolling Stone, is a classic. I’ve probably watched this film too many times to count and for good reason. It’s a feel-good, engaging story about a young writer in the early 1970’s covering a fictional band named Stillwater on one of their tours and all the interesting situations the writer encounters. The film explores what it’s like to meet your music idols, falling in love, expectations, friendship and what can happen when you hear the siren that is rock and roll.
The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir (2015)
A lot of people are familiar with the phrase “What a long, strange trip it’s been”, which is the title of The Grateful Dead’s second compilation album released in 1977. It’s also a description for Grateful Dead band member Bob Weir’s musical journey that began at age 16 and his relationship with band mates, which is the topic of the film The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir. A brotherhood that is like that of bands; The Beatles or The Allman Brothers, the movie examines how their goals of creating great music tied them for life, along with their relationship to a passionate, unique fan base.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)
Big Star are a band that are one of those underrated bands that aren’t often recognized solely by the mention of their name. Their records deserve more attention than often received, but once you take a listen, you gain an understanding as to why the band holds special meaning to the people that love them. In the documentary, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, you get an insight into the groups’ background, trials and tribulations to musical success. Starting in 1971, follow Big Star’s short span that resulted in amazing records and proves that the struggle for success can result in something truly meaningful.
Spinal Tap (1984)
Spinal Tap is another classic film that music lovers should have on their lists. If you haven’t heard of this 1984 movie directed by Rob Reiner, you should go check it out right now. It’s a mockumentary about a fictional British, heavy metal band named Spinal Tap and the fateful tour they embark on in the United States. This comedy reflects behaviors of heavy metal bands, their audiences and the intensity of the genre. With great dialogue and dynamic characters, it’s one not to miss.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Inside Lleywn Davis is a film about a folk singer figuring out his career in the early 1960s in New York City with a cat, he brings along for a ride. The film directed by the Coen brothers, contains dark humor, an engaging cast of actors including Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, with moving, folk tunes that will have you tapping your foot. It’s one introspective film that will resonate with you because of the heart and emotion, you can feel through the whole picture. This movie further supports the idea that life imitates art and that the struggle can provide the best stories, along with the best inspiration. The film also provides a solid soundtrack that will just make you want to watch the movie again and again.