The upcoming music documentaries we're most excited about
The Grateful Dead
Prick up your ears for Long Strange Trip, Teenage Superstars and The Drop this year
This year is looking good for music documentaries – from premieres and award-winners coming straight out of Sundance to crowd-funded celebrations of Scottish talent, there's something for all fans of all genres. Here's a look at five of our favourites to come out in 2017.
Long Strange Trip
Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Long Strange Trip is a behemoth of a Grateful Dead documentary, clocking in two minutes shy of four hours long. Filmmaker – and Deadhead – Bar-Lev has created a loving, chaotic tribute to his favourite band that includes previously-unseen footage and interviews with the band itself.
The Glance of Music
Italian film composer Ennio Morricone is the subject of a documentary that takes in the story of his life and work. The oldest ever Oscar winning (he won Best Original Score for his work on The Hateful Eight in 2016), he has collaborated with directors including Terrence Malick, John Carpenter and Quentin Tarrantino, leaving an indelible influence on modern film music.
Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World
Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana are the Canada-based filmmakers who took home Sundance's World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling for their documentary, Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World. Their film explores and celebrates native Americans and their influence on popular music, many of whom kept their heritage a secret – or hugely suppressed it – for fear of facing racism.
Teenage Superstars picks up where The Big Gold Dream left off. Grant McPhee presents a halcyon look at Glasgow in the 1980s and the young bands who reigned supreme – in particular Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream.
The Drop: The EDM Culture Explosion
Documentary from Edward Platero, taking a closer look at the incredible rise in popularity of electronic dance music over the past few years. Drop is a broader exploration of the genre as a whole, looking at both the artists attributed to its success, the fans who made it happen, and the growing festival circuit taking advantage of it a new rash of EDM connoisseurs.