Music documentary

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Sisters With Transistors review – an electrifying study of musical heroines
The unsung trailblazers behind electronic music are paid harmonic homage in Lisa Rovner’s enchanting documentary

Leslie Felperin

23, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Kanye West: Netflix buys documentary 21 years in the making
Documentary will cover death of his mother and West’s failed presidential bid but it is not known if it will cover his pending divorce from Kim Kardashian

Laura Snapes

07, Apr, 2021 @10:02 AM

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Poly Styrene's inspiring sensitivity should be the true legacy of punk
Mixed race, with braces on her teeth, Poly broke the mould of UK punk. A new documentary explores her struggle to find meaning in the Day-Glo chaos of modern life

Rachel Aggs

05, Mar, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché review – riveting take on British punk heroine
The X-Ray Spex singer is revealed as a mystic, rebellious working-class woman of colour in this valuable film

Peter Bradshaw

05, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Per Lucio (For Lucio) review - portrait of an Italian musical icon
An unlikely musical hero whose songs criticised Italian politics and society (one inspired by a Guardian story), appears in a lovingly constructed doc

Peter Bradshaw

04, Mar, 2021 @3:28 PM

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Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell review – Netflix doc sidesteps murder mystery for moving life story
Diddy, and Notorious BIG’s mother and others discuss dark rumours and chart the rapper’s rise to fame in this significant documentary

Ellen E Jones

01, Mar, 2021 @11:00 AM

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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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