Music documentary

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Zappa review – under the skin of the wild man of American rock
Alex Winter weaves the early experiences of eccentric musician Frank Zappa into a portrait of the artist as a flawed man

Andrew Pulver

19, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Lorca, Hockney, Byatt, Berger – how Mike Dibb got the greats to open up
He’s revered for shooting Ways of Seeing with John Berger, but Mike Dibb has made films about all the giants of culture – as well as Wimbledon tennis balls. He looks back on a dazzling career

Laura Barton

08, Jan, 2021 @5:33 PM

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American Utopia review – David Byrne and Spike Lee burn down the house
This ambitious concert film mixes politics, Talking Heads hits and Lee’s inimitable style to winning effect

Simran Hans

19, Dec, 2020 @3:00 PM

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The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart review – fame, hair and regrets
Made with the only remaining band member, Barry Gibb, this documentary explores the family impact of huge fame

Andrew Pulver

11, Dec, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Crock of Gold review – Shane MacGowan's colourful, chaotic life
It’s excess all areas in Julien Temple’s fond documentary of the Pogues frontman

Wendy Ide

06, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan review – a sombre salute
Julien Temple rounds up the old gang for bleakly worshipful profile of the recalcitrant Pogues star

Andrew Pulver

04, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Julien Temple: 'People who are considered difficult are very rich subjects for a film'
The film-maker on his new documentary about the former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan and Johnny Depp’s role in it

Tim Lewis

29, Nov, 2020 @9:30 AM

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Taylor Swift: The Long Pond Studio Sessions review – cosy campfire confessions
The pop star’s Disney+ movie about quarantine album Folklore reveals the potency of her songwriting, though it’s hazy on any ‘pandemic epiphanies’

Elle Hunt

25, Nov, 2020 @5:12 PM

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Billie review – a truer, historical spin on the great Billie Holiday
Exploitation and harassment, not ‘inner demons’, brought down the singer, argues this documentary that showcases her superb voice

Peter Bradshaw

12, Nov, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Singer, activist, sex machine, addict: the troubled brilliance of Billie Holiday
A new documentary uncovers lost tapes to tell the intimate real story of the jazz singer – one with terrible resonance today as the US continues to fight institutional racism

Alex Godfrey

06, Nov, 2020 @11:51 AM

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Southern Journey (Revisited) review – on the road to America's soul
This talkative documentary retraces the steps of pioneering musicologists Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins 60 years on

Phil Hoad

23, Sep, 2020 @2:00 PM

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White Riot review – rebellion and tough truths in music's war on racism
Rubika Shah’s documentary explores Rock Against Racism, which united punk, ska, reggae and new wave against the National Front in the 1970s

Peter Bradshaw

18, Sep, 2020 @9:00 AM

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