Saturday, August 26, 2006

Five favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll concert movies

When considering music films, for a best-of-the-genre list, there are so many different kinds of musicals and movies about music that the category begs to be narrowed.

For this list of five favorites, I’m looking only at Rock ‘n’ Roll movies, and then only those which present the music as concert footage -- they show the musicians, performing as themselves, on stage for a live audience. They are all documentaries of a certain stripe, even though in some cases the concerts may have been set up largely for the purpose of making the film.

So, here are my five favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll concert movies:

Gimme Shelter” (1970): Directed by Albert Maysles and David Maysles; Performers: The Rolling Stones, also with Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Tina Turner and more
The Last Waltz” (1978): Directed by Martin Scorsese; Performers; The Band and various guest musicians
Monterey Pop” (1968): Directed by D.A. Pennebaker; Performers: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and Papas, Otis Redding, and more
Stop Making Sense” (1984): Directed by Jonathan Demme; Performers: Talking Heads
The T.A.M.I. Show” (1965): Directed by Steve Binder; Performers: The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Lesley Gore and more

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great list but what about, "Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll"?