12 Best Music Documentaries on Netflix
Feature length docs on Bowie, Biggie, Tupac, Kurt Cobain, Keith Richards and more
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Netflix has a fantastic catalogue of music documentaries featuring some of the best feature length studies of some of the biggest acts in the world. Taking you backstage, behind the scenes and into the creative process, offering a real insight into the world of musicians, singers and artists. Covering pop, blues, country, jazz and metal find out more about the music you love, from David Bowie to Tupac Shakur as we pick our 12 favourite music documentaries currently available on Netflix UK.
20 Feet From Stardom
20 Feet From Stardom shines a light on the unsung (ahem) heroes of music: backing singers. Focusing on the vocalists who make some of the biggest acts in the world (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, etc) sound even better it also picked a Best Documentary Oscar in 2014.
Biggie & Tupac
Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur were two of the biggest names in hip hop until they were gunned down. Celebrated documentarian Nick Broomfield examines the East Coast / West Cost rivalry that ended in murder.
Portrait of Nigeria’s Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. An outspoken political activist and master musician fusing jazz, funk, rock and African rhythms.
History of the Eagles
Exhaustive yet captivating story of the country rockers from their early days, their acrimonious split and eventual reunion.
Katy Perry: Part of Me
If you are searching for some neon pop thrills Katy Perry is the go to gal in this fun tour diary. And if you're a real sucker for that kinda thing Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and One Direction: This is Us are also available on Netflix.
The Zen of Tony Bennett
Yet another Netflix original this item focusing on classic crooner Tony Bennett as he approaches his 85th birthday. Includes recording sessions with Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and Willie Nelson.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
The sad, poignant story of Nirvana's troubled front man. From his childhood, the rise to stardom and the pressures of fame to the crippling drug abuse, his offbeat relationship with Courtney Love and his tragic suicide, told via a wealth of unearthed home footage from Cobain's family and friends.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream
The life and times of Tom Petty clocking in at a monster four hours, from filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich who directed the classic The Last Picture Show.
Mission to Lars
A very different music documentary. Rather than focusing on the band themselves Mission to Lars is about the fans and how music effects everyone as Tom Spicer, who suffers from Fragile X Syndrome (which shares many of the characteristics of autism), attempts to meet his hero Lars Ulrich drummer with the world's greatest heavy metal band Metallica.
David Bowie: Five Years
BBC's classy look at five pivotal years in Bowie's career via unseen footage and interviews with many of his closest friends and collaborators.
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Another Netflix exclusive using rare archive footage to tell the life story of Nina Simone, one of the most influential jazz and blues singers of all time.
Keith Richards: Under the Influence
A Netflix original as Morgan Neville (who also directed 20 Feet From Stardom) sits down with the legend that is Keef for tales from life on the road with The Rolling Stones and his musical influences.