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The best music documentaries to watch free of charge on the Internet
We love documentaries about music. They tell us about the work of our favourite artists from different standpoints: They help us understand their songs better through the social-cultural context in which they were created, see how they play the songs live, or hear in their own words where they found the inspiration to compose them. In this article we will be talking about some of the numerous documentaries streamed on the Internet free of charge.
As this involves videos, one of the main platforms to look for interesting material is obviously Youtube. That is where we found The Rolling Stones Chronicles. It is a co-production by BBC Motion Gallery and ABKCO, consisting of six short documentaries, each with one of the group's hits from the 60s as a soundtrack that is then used to illustrate both the situation the band was in at that time, as well as the prevalent social and cultural context. Very interesting and easy to watch.
Surely the Stones are one of the most important influences for Jack White, who a few years ago had the luxury of sharing a documentary with two of the most influential guitarists in history at different times: The Edge, guitarist with U2, and Jimmy Page, with Led Zeppelin. For over an hour and a half, in It Might Get Loud, the three guitarists shared their philosophy, tricks and personal playing style. Highly recommended for guitar lovers. Also directed by Davis Guggenheim, and with The Edge appearing, we can recommend the following by U2: From The Sky Down. It was published in 2011 to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the release of the classic 'Achtung Baby'. This documentary is essential watching for fans of the band and goes into the process of recording and producing the album.
Switching genres, we move on from electric sounds to electronics with The Creation Of Techno Music, which tells the story of the birth of techno in Detroit, and its subsequent influence on the rest of music. What is most interesting are the interviews with those playing a leading role in such creative and musical effervescence, including Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson.
In a combination of music and mental health, unfortunately often going hand-in-hand, we find Justin Bieber: Seasons. A series of 12 episodes that delves into the complicated situation of the Canadian composer and singer in recent years, after cancelling his world tour due to anxiety, stress and depression, and his recovery after months of treatment. All this told in the first person in a testimony that is full of sincerity.
With an eye on Spanish artists, we can also find interesting material, such as Alejandro Sanz: LaGira2019. To tell the truth, these are scenes from concerts during the tour with a lot of material behind the scenes that, especially for fans, is both surprising and interesting. Fans of Héroes del Silencio also have the opportunity to learn about intimate details of the band's life during the recording in London of one of their best albums, El Espíritu del Vino.
With a radical change of genre we move on to one of the greatest shows there is, the opera. The series called "This is Opera" consists of 30 episodes, each one focussing on an opera, its composer and the historical context in which it was composed. Everything is planned to be educational, entertaining and accessible for all types of people. A good way to bring opera closer to those who know nothing about it and to provide an innovative perspective for those who are familiar with it.
And to finish, we have one of the greats, nothing more and nothing less than Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace and Music. A documentary about the famous festival that took place in Bethel, NY, in August 1969. They estimated that as many as 450,000 people attended the biggest rock music festival to date. A visual testimony for a historical moment in music which lasts over three hours and provides us with anecdotes regarding its organisation, testimonies, cultural context and of course, performances by artists such as Joan Baez, Santana, The Who, Joe Cocker and Jimi Hendrix.
You only have to search a little more to find many more documentaries and videos about all kinds of artists and genres, but these are undoubtedly a good place to start. If you can think of any more that should be on this list, you can share them with us on our social networks. We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.