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What to Watch: Music Documentaries Part 1

Published: March 27, 2020

Stay in with Ruth Eckerd Hall and catch a movie! We’ve been gathering together a list of some of the best music and Broadway documentaries available online featuring Ruth Eckerd Hall performers along with staff picks of the documentaries you shouldn’t miss.

Part one features music throughout the decades from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to ZZ Top to Miles Davis! Queue them up tonight or add them to your list to watch later, all of these documentaries are currently available through Netflix with a subscription.

Echo in the Canyon (2018)
Features Norah Jones, Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne Beck, Ringo Starr

Staff Pick from Katie P. - “This documentary reminds me of my childhood – I grew up in L.A. and remember Laurel Canyon very well. When I was a kid, my mom would drive me and her up and down the Sunset Strip because I loved to see all the hippies and young people in their wild clothes and long hair – hanging out on the street – in front of the Whiskey A-Go-Go and the Rainbow. It was awesome.”

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
Features Darlene Love, Sheryl Crow, Chris Botti, Tom Jones, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Max Weinberg

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019)
Features Joe Cocker, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Carlos Santana, Roger Daltrey, Henry Diltz, Jefferson Airplane

Staff Pick from Alex K. - “The Woodstock one is fantastic, makes you feel like you’ve been there. Great detail to things outside of the performances.”

Staff Pick from Katie P. - “When I saw this movie – that’s when I fell in love with Crosby, Stills and Nash and Joe Cocker.”

The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip Of Bob Weir (2014)
Also features Sammy Hagar, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen

ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas (2019)
Also features Steve Miller

Staff Pick from Alex K. - “Love the ZZtop one for the candid conversations and production values.”

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Steve Aoki (2016)

Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago (2016)
Also features David Foster

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall (2017)

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017)
Features Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Steven Tyler, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Kenny G, David Foster

Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul (2017)
Also features Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)
Also features Roger McGuinn

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)
Also features Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana

Staff Picks

Rush – Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)
Features Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Les Claypool of Primus, Zakk Wylde

From Thom J. “The band is legendary and has influenced many of the bands that have performed on our stage.”

The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (2010)

From Jane C.

Quincy (2018)
Features Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Dave Chappelle, Chick Corea, John Legend, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Aretha Franklin, Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Neil Young

Staff Pick from Erin N. - “Quincy Jones is an absolute powerhouse! I knew who he was and some of the artists he had worked with, but I didn't know just how much of an impact he has had on the history of music and his work as a composer. It makes me want to watch the movies he composed music for after watching this.”


Our list continues as we feature more music documentaries in part two of our What to Watch series with Brandie Carlile, Jackson Browne, The Who and more!