I’ve been thirsty for live music.
The Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival and Stagecoach just wrapped – both in Indio and sort of close but I couldn’t get to either this year. Next month, local alternative radio station KROQ will host their annual Weenie Roast featuring Muse, AWOLNATION, Walk The Moon (BTW, “Shut Up and Dance” is my current favorite right now). I love how these festivals kick off the summer concert season.
Luckily, I’ve got Ed Sheeran and Foo Fighters on the horizon and we’re taking our daughter to see Taylor Swift later this summer. Until then, I’m going to stream the following 5 music documentaries to quench my thirst.
1. The Punk Singer – I’ve seen and really enjoyed this documentary featuring feminist punk rocker Kathleen Hanna. The film covers Hanna’s early days in Bikini Kill as well uncovers her mysterious retirement from music.
2. Kurt and Courtney – I was a teenager when Nirvana exploded and later was a fan girl for Courtney Love but I’ve never seen this documentary from Nick Broomfield. Apparently, Courtney was uncooperative and a lot of reviewers are annoyed the film lacks Nirvana music. I’m still fascinated by their tumultuous relationship and will definitely watch this one.
3. Thirty Seconds to Mars Artifact – Jared Leto will forever be Jordan Catalano to me but I am interested in this film about his band going up against EMI. The reviews say that it’s an awesome documentary on the state of modern music. P.S. are you following Jared Leto on Instagram? Lots of beautiful selfies.
4. An Affair of the Heart – Ok, so this documentary is about Rick Springfield and his legion of fans. I’m about to get real vulnerable here. I am a Rick Springfield fan. I saw him play with Dave Grohl a couple of years ago during the Sound City Players tour and the crowd went bananas just three chords in to “Jessie’s Girl.” And who can forget him as Noah Drake on General Hospital. I’m excited about this one.
5. Biggie & Tupac – Another film by Nick Broomfield as he investigates the untimely deaths of rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. I haven’t seen this one but I’m totally intrigued after seeing a really great Tupac Shakur exhibit recently at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
All of these documentaries are available to stream on Netflix. I’m really hoping they add two Foo Fighters documentaries, “Back & Forth” and “Sonic Highways” – both excellent.
Do you have a favorite concert or music documentary I should see? Do tell.