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'Keep On Keepin' On' With These 8 Streaming Music Docs

Get into the groove with these streaming music documentaries featuring artists like Katy Perry, Rush and more.

With this weekend's theatrical release of TFF 2014 Audience Award Winner Keep On Keepin' On, we've got music documentaries on our minds. Featuring documentaries about Katy Perry, Bob Marley, and LCD Soundsystem, there's got to be something on this list for you. 

Directed by Kevin MacDonald
Watch on Netflix

This story about the legendary reggae musician is told through the eyes of those closest to him - his bandmates and his widow. From The Last King of Scotland director Kevin MacDonald, Marley talks about the artist's struggle with growing up mixed race, his Rastafarian influences and his creative process. The film ends up becoming as much about the man himself as it is about his artistry.

Katy Perry: Part of Me
Directed by Dan Cutforth, Jan Lipsitz
Watch on Amazon Prime

This film about Katy Perry's 2012 tour charts the star's turbulent year, featuring sold out arena shows and concert footage - but also gets up close and personal with her rocky relationship with then-husband Russell Brand. Watch concert footage, private moments on tour, and the pop sensation's unparalleled work ethic in the days between "California Dream" and "Wide Awake." 

I'm Still Here
Directed by Casey Affleck
Watch on Amazon Prime

Everyone remembers that year that Joaquin Phoenix grew a beard and declared his retirement from acting to focus on his hip-hop career. Though technically not a documentary and not technically about music, I'm Still Here was dreamt up as a kind of long-form performance art project by Phoenix and first-time director Casey Affleck, who follows the enigmatic artist while he makes this faux transition into the music industry.

Shut Up and Play the Hits
Directed by Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern
Watch on Amazon Prime

Shut Up and Play the Hits borrows its title from something Arcade Fire's Win Butler jokingly shouted at LCD Soundsystem's frontman James Murphy in the band's final show.  The documentary follows Murphy for the 48 hours during and after the show and is interspersed with footage from an interview with American author Chuck Klosterman.

Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm
Directed by Jacob Hatley
Watch on Netflix

Catching up with Levon Helm 25 years after his last album, the film finds the former The Band frontman hard at work in his Woodstock, NY home. Shot over the course of two years, Ain't in It for My Health highlights Helm's award-winning history and tracks the artist's return to the music world.

Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation
Directed by Laura Archibald
Watch on Netflix

Archibald's debut film documents the music scene in Greenwich Village of the 60s and 70s, which produced both great music and an influential politics. With footage and contributions from names like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Greenwich Village is a portrait of the neighborhood in its best era. 

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Directed by Sam Dunn, Scot McFayden
Watch on Netflix

Rush, which debuted at TFF 2010 and won the Audience Award, tells the story of the Canadian progressive rock band Rush and their musical evolution through the years. Featuring interviews from peers like Trent Reznor, Gene Simmons, Jack Black and Jimmy Corgan, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is a close look at the legendary band its lasting influences in the music industry. 

Who the F*** is Arthur Fogel?
Directed by Ron Chapman
Watch on Netflix

To answer that question, Arthur Fogel is the touring producer behind the successful work of the greatest pop artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Sting, and many more. The quiet businessman placed at the center of this whirlwind industry ends up being so much more than the names he works with.


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