Music documentary

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The Beach Boys review – rather too sunny account of 60s pop legends’ story
They were ‘America’s band’, with a run of golden-hued songs – but Disney’s documentary ignores the darker side of their extraordinary story

Alexis Petridis

24, May, 2024 @7:01 AM

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Let It Be review – reissued Beatles film takes long and winding road to eventual acclaim
Reviled by the band when it came out and widely thought of as miserable, the film – restored to its original format – actually offers light and insightful moments

Alexis Petridis

08, May, 2024 @10:00 AM

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‘Musical soulmates’: the extraordinary story of The Piano sensation Lucy and her doting teacher
Lucy Illingworth wowed audiences on the TV talent show, but her journey started as a toddler with dedicated tutor Daniel Bath. Now, a documentary shows how they did it – and the shocking moment a royal disaster almost stopped them

Michael Hogan

02, May, 2024 @11:30 AM

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Peter Jackson to release restored version of Beatles’ 1970 documentary Let It Be on Disney+
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the film captures the recording sessions of the band’s final album

Michael Sun

17, Apr, 2024 @4:43 AM

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Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande review – the second life of a cruelly ignored UK funk band
They toured the US and headlined Harlem’s Apollo while no UK TV show would air them – but their legacy was rescued by hip-hop

Peter Bradshaw

14, Feb, 2024 @11:00 AM

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June review – country music legend who was much more than Johnny Cash’s wife
Documentary on June Carter Cash who was born into music royalty and a tough, funny trailblazer star – and the co-writer of Ring of Fire

Cath Clarke

17, Jan, 2024 @11:00 AM

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Simple Minds: Everything Is Possible review – a straightforward portrait of unpretentious rockers
From their punk origins to their stadium-level success in the Live Aid and Breakfast Club era, this music doc finds the Glasgow band still sweetly and likably down to earth

Cath Clarke

19, Dec, 2023 @7:00 AM

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James Blunt: One Brit Wonder review – soldier-turned-singer’s brilliant Twitter game
The witty singer’s superb comeback is a delight to behold in this entertaining fly-on-the-wall documentary

Peter Bradshaw

06, Dec, 2023 @1:00 PM

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A Tiger in Paradise review – José González offers anxiety dreams as lifestyle brand
Loosely organised documentary shows Swedish singer José González musing about mental health and drifting around his luxurious-looking house

Leslie Felperin

05, Dec, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Welcome to the Darkness review – neo glam rockers light up the comeback trail
Feelgood documentary follows Justin Hawkins’ band as they give even the smallest venues a Wembley Arena level performance

Peter Bradshaw

09, Nov, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Peter Doherty: Stranger in My Own Skin review – portrait of the artist keeps its distance
Doc following the Libertines star, made by his wife, is unsparing in showing his struggles with drug addiction but shies away from other personal stories

Peter Bradshaw

09, Nov, 2023 @9:00 AM

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‘She enjoyed her power over men’: memoir reveals anarchic life of Rolling Stones’ muse Anita Pallenberg
As a film drawing on Pallenberg’s autobiography opens, her son Marlon Richards talks about life with her and Keith

Edward Helmore in New York

07, Oct, 2023 @3:00 PM

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