Great Music Docs to Stream Online This Christmas

Great Music Docs to Stream Online This Christmas

After presents have been opened and the world's biggest dinner consumed, you won't be moving much while you let it all digest. So whether your looking for some telly to pass time on the day, or trying to fill the yawning gap between between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve, we've selected some great music documentaries that are available online this Christmas.

Both Netflix & Amazon Prime offer free 30-day trials that can be cancelled at the end of that period, so put your feet up and have a browse through our selection...

Top Netflix Picks

  • This Was Tomorrow - A 10th anniversary celebration of the world-conquering Tomorrowland festival.
  • Keith Richards Under The Influence - An intimate look at the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist.
  • Nas: Illmatic - A behind-the-scenes exploration of the making of Nas's debut album, with a look at his New York roots.
  • I Dream Of Wires - A history of the synthesizer and how it impacted popular music. Featuring interviews with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails & Gary Numan.
  • What Happened Miss Simone - Mixing rare footage with never-before heard recordings, this tells the tale of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.
  • 20 Feet From Stardom - An Oscar-winning film that looks into the unsung, heroic world of backup singers. Including interviews with Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love, Mick Jagger, Sting, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen & more.
  • Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory - Social worker Dan Cohen uses music to unlock the memories of Alzheimer's disease sufferers.
  • Finding Fela - A visual understanding of Fela Kuti, a figure who influenced millions with his seminal Afrobeat sound.
  • Good Ol' Freda - A profile of Freda Kelly, the closest person to The Beatles throughout their career.


Gems on Amazon Prime

  • Bob Marley: The Spiritual Journey - Using newsreel clips and interviews, this documentary attempts to present Bob Marley's true impact on the world.
  • Punk's Not Dead - An in-depth look at punk rock: how it begun, developed and exists in today's music spectrum.
  • Made In America - A behind-the-scenes peek at the creation of Jay-Z's Made In America festival.
  • Marc Bolan: Ride On - Through an interview with Marc Bolan's first manager, this documentary examines the history of "The First Man Of Glitter & Glam".
  • Altered By Elvis - A heartfelt and humourous tale of how lives have been changed by the King of Rock n Roll.
  • Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon - Best friend David Gest mixes unseen footage with exclusive interviews to celebrate the life of the King Of Pop.
  • Johnny Cash: The Line - From concert footage to rare photos, this feature is a highly rated tribute to "The Man In Black."


Free to Stream Online

If Netflix and Amazon Prime aren't your scene, here are some totally legal Youtube playlists or accounts you can check out instead:

  • Pitchfork's Documentary Playlist - Featuring artists such as Diplo, Étienne de Crécy and Mac DeMarco, as well as clips on the subject of 'The State Of The Vinyl Business' or 'A Hip Hop Guided Tour Of Compton', Pitchfork has produced over 60 videos to choose from.
  • Noisey's Collections - An endless selection covers 'The British Masters' series, a short clip series interviewing producers Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin, and a playlist called 'Found Tapes' which includes an intriguing 56-minute video called 'Michael Jackson's Strange Trip to Moscow'.
  • MTV'S Rebel Music - From Iran to Senegal, this series focuses on young artists creating music for the power of change.
  • SeriousFeatherFilms Beyond Series - 'Liverpool: Beyond The Beatles', 'Manchester" Beyond Oasis' and 'Iceland:Beyond Sigur Rós' all feature in a look at the cultural significance of locations that have spawned great art.

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