25 Must-See Music Documentaries

By Jason Bailey

These behind-the-scenes films feature affectionate storytelling and built-in killer soundtracks.

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Jack White, Jimmy Page, and The Edge hold a jam session in 'It Might Get Loud.' (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Our favorite of this week's several fine indie releases is Searching for Sugar Man, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul's investigative profile of Sixto Rodriguez, a singer/songwriter who should have been a giant star in the early 1970s and instead faded into obscurity (and then became a cult sensation in New Zealand, Australia, and apartheid-era South Africa). Bendjelloul's warm, kind film is both a showcase for terrific music and a compelling human interest story; it deserves a place alongside the best music documentaries. And since it reminded us of them, we compiled a list of our favorite music docs. It's a list that's constantly in flux, so we've included some alternates (as well as where you can see them).

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