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Five Music Documentaries to Watch While in Quarantine

As another week of quarantine rolls through, many of us find ourselves trying to keep busy, scrolling through Netflix for what can feel like hours. Well, look no further. Here are five incredible music documentaries everyone should see. All of these movies are available on Netflix.

For the hopeless romantic: “Amy”

Whether you’re a die-hard Amy Winehouse fan or you’re only familiar with “Rehab,” A24’s documentary “Amy” is a must-watch. The movie tells the story of Winehouse’s young life as well as her relationship with her husband, Blake Fielder, who ultimately got her addicted to drugs and alcohol. The film details Winehouse’s abusive relationship with her husband leading all the way up through her death, which occurred in July 2011. The movie interweaves the singer’s incredible music into the film, using her music to help paint the late singer’s life story with her own words. This film is beautiful and is guaranteed to be a tearjerker for fans of the singer. 

For the history buff: “Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation”

If you’re a fan of history, old music, or hippie culture, this one’s for you. “Woodstock,” a PBS-produced documentary, tells the story of how the iconic 1969 music festival came to be. Attendees and creators of the festival alike are interviewed, and some of the best Woodstock footage in history can be seen in this film. If you’re a current fan of festivals, you definitely have to watch this movie to see how one of the most important festivals in music history came about. This is also a great movie to watch with your family, especially if your parents grew up listening to the music of this era.

For the dancer: “Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce”

If you’re a part of the Beyhive, you probably have all of the choreography from this movie memorized down to a T. If not, there is literally no better time than now to try to start learning it. “Homecoming” is a documentary that shares the process of Beyonce training and rehearsing for her headlining Coachella performances in 2018. This movie has the best quality footage of Beyonce’s incredible “Beychella” performances. So, if you’re a fan of pop music, Beyonce, or dancing, you’ve got to watch this movie!

For the pop culture fiend: “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened”

If you’re into pop culture, you know all about FYRE Festival, and have probably already seen a documentary about it. If you’re really into pop culture, you’ve definitely seen a documentary about it and FYRE Fest is so 2019, this is honestly old news. Assuming you haven’t already seen all there is to see about FYRE, this documentary will explain it all. The festival that was supposed to be an exclusive influencer-only music festival on a tropical island in 2017 ended up being a complete failure due to a lack of budget and poor planning. Watching the documentaries about it now makes it seem slightly comical, but this documentary actually speaks to a lot about current trends and influencer culture.

For the stan: “Gaga: Five Foot Two”

If you’re a Little Monster, (Lady Gaga fan), you’ve already seen this documentary. This movie shows the creation of Lady Gaga’s album, ‘Joanne’. This film displays Gaga in her most candid nature, with beautiful footage of her and her grandmother, for whom the album is named after. This movie shows how Gaga has changed throughout the years as a performer and matured as an artist. If you’re into pop music, whether you consider yourself to be a fan of Lady Gaga’s or not, this movie will make you one. Raw footage of Gaga in the studio displays the power of her voice so effortlessly; this is definitely a movie you need to see.

Marissa Bachrach

I am a senior at IU studying journalism and public relations. I love music but my favorite genres are alternative, rap, and R&B.

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