20,000 Days on Earth and 5 of the best music documentaries

September 16, 2014, Article by Tom in Film & TV, Music


20,000 Days on Earth is a ‘documentary’ following a day in the life of musician, author and general hero Nick Cave. The day covered, as the title suggests, is his 20,000th day living on Earth. Having being launched to much acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival back in January (it picked up two awards), the film receives a general UK release from the 19th of September in selected cinemas (find your nearest here). We will definitely be attending a screening, and, if you watch this trailer, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to see it too…


So this got us thinking about our favourite music documentaries. Here, in particular order, are five other superb pieces of musical film making from the last few years that you should definitely check out…

1. No Distance Left to Run (2010) – The story of Blur’s 2009 reunion tour, which culminated in the huge headline gigs at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. It’s emotional stuff…


2. Shine a Light (2008)
– Martin Scorsese documents a Rolling Stones concert from their A Bigger Bang tour, interspersed with archive footage from throughout the band’s (extremely long) history. The live footage looks amazing.


3. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
– The story behind LCD Soundsystem’s mammoth final gig, where they played virtually every song from their career in a huge 3-hour concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It follow’s frontman James Murphy over a 48-hour period, as he struggles to come to terms with the closing of a huge chapter in his life.


4. Sound City (2013)
– Foo Fighters frontman/Nirvana drummer/nicest man in rock Dave Grohl makes his directoral debut in this film about the legendary Sound City recording studio in LA. It’s not just one from music geeks, we promise…


5. Made of Stone (2013)
– Shane Meadows documents the reunion of The Stone Roses, one of Manchester’s most influential bands. It’s clearly a director paying tribute to his favourite band, and is all the better for it. Cracking stuff.

What do you think of our choices? These are all from the last few years, so we haven’t gone very far back (give us a break, we were only allowed to pick five…), so let us know which ones we’ve missed: @StareAtBooks


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