Music documentary

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Carlos: The Santana Journey review – profile of guitar hero very much in control
Santana comes across pretty well, if clearly in charge of his image, but Rudy Valdez’s film feels a bit like a Wikipedia entry with added pictures

Leslie Felperin

21, Sep, 2023 @10:00 AM

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The Job of Songs review – folk melodies and melancholia in rural Ireland
Lila Schmitz’s documentary offers a candid look at Irish music and community struggles in a small Irish village known for its bar-room sessions

Phil Hoad

20, Sep, 2023 @8:00 AM

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AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T Rex review – grizzled rockers pay tribute
This behind-the-scenes look at a tribute album to the glam rock pioneer only finds its groove when Bolan himself lights up the screen

Andrew Pulver

14, Sep, 2023 @12:00 PM

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John Farnham: Finding the Voice review – a gushy account of Australian music history
This eulogistic documentary has Farnham’s blessing, but we learn very little about the man himself as everyone else reflects on his career

Luke Buckmaster

23, Jul, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Dead dogs, capitalist critique and only four songs: when Wham! squashed Lindsay Anderson’s China film
The British pop stars hired the Palme d’Or winner to record their groundbreaking shows in east Asia. After it all ended in tears, the unseen film was locked up in a Scottish university

Chris Tryhorn

07, Jul, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars review – Bowie bids farewell to an icon in legendary gig
DA Pennebaker’s documentary offers moving moments and raw immediacy as the musician takes on his final performance as Ziggy Stardust

Peter Bradshaw

29, Jun, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Wham! review – Netflix study of 80s pop legends is entertaining but weirdly incurious
Documentary about George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s meteoric rise is a fun and moving watch that misses the chance to delve deeper

Peter Bradshaw

17, Jun, 2023 @8:00 PM

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Little Richard: I Am Everything review – thrilling documentary about the rock’n’roll pioneer
Lisa Cortés’s richly enjoyable film examines the alter egos and queer theories surrounding a conflicted star who was way ahead of his time

Mark Kermode

30, Apr, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Little Richard: I Am Everything review – irresistible tribute to a rock’n’roll genius
Documentary about the trailblazing musician who influenced stars from the Beatles to Bowie also looks back at the artists who inspired him

Peter Bradshaw

27, Apr, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Kevin Hewitt obituary
Film editor and director of music videos for Aswad, Depeche Mode and other 1980s acts

Anthony Hayward

26, Apr, 2023 @4:32 PM

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Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now review – self-aware star struggling with weight of expectation
While some of this documentary following the making of the Scottish songwriter’s second album falls into cliched soul-baring territory, Capaldi’s wit and talent shine through

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

31, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Dance Craze review – thrilling documentary captures the explosive energy of 2 Tone
Joe Massot’s vivid 1981 film about the British ska scene brims with life, sweat and the faces of ecstatic fans

Peter Bradshaw

22, Mar, 2023 @1:00 PM

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