Music is a language that everyone speaks, and some can’t get enough of. Whether it’s because viewers are music artist fanatics and want to know all about a band’s background or they just enjoy the music process in general, music documentaries are a great source of information.
Hulu has housed many great musical documentaries over the years, with some coming and others going. However, right now, the streaming platform has quite a few informational movies and series about musical artists that fans should definitely give a watch while they can.
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The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears (2021)
Viral documentary episode Framing Britney Spears shines a spotlight on the pop star’s detrimental conservatorship. The New York Times series includes exclusive interviews and inside looks at the details of the legal battle, and the docuseries has already accomplished many things in the #FreeBritney movement.
While the producers were not able to interview Britney herself, due to still being under the conservatorship, The New York Times made it a point to tell her side of the story in an honorable way since she didn’t have a voice. Pop culture lovers, as well as Britney Spears fans, are sure to love this Hulu limited series.
McCartney 3, 2, 1 (2021)
If rock fans are looking for more content, there is definitely no shortage of documentaries or films on The Beatles. McCartney 3, 2, 1 is a six-part documentary series featuring Paul McCartney and music producer, Rick Rubin, going over The Beatles discography, as well as Paul’s solo work.
Each episode offered a plethora of facts behind the music production, as well as some background on what the singers were going through at the time. Hulu members should check out this info-packed documentary if they love behind-the-scenes looks at music production and band glory days.
Amazing Grace (2018)
Feature film Amazing Grace highlights the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s album, Amazing Grace. The documentary gives us a behind-the-scenes look at The Queen of Soul recording her album in 1972 in The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in LA.
It’s undeniable that the R&B soul singer put on captivating and electrifying performances, and music lovers will undoubtedly enjoy this exclusive look at the making of an iconic album. Though Aretha, unfortunately, passed away in 2018, it’s clear her legacy lives on to this day, and fans are thankful to have documentaries like these to hold onto.
Charli XCX: Alone Together (2021)
Through her docufilm Alone Together, pop star Charli XCX documents her musical production during the COVID-19 pandemic. While being trapped inside, she explores different avenues in her creative process, including enlisting some of her own fans to help her produce her new album, “How I’m Feeling Now.”
While all music artists have different ways they go about making music, Charli is an underrated pop artist that puts her fans first and directly involves them in her creative ventures. With the movie highlighting an inspiring take on downtime during quarantine, this documentary is sure to encourage fans.
Summer Of Soul (2021)
Directed by world-renowned musician Questlove, Summer of Soul is part music, part historical film that takes place at the Harlem Cultural Festival. The film touches on the cultural influence of the Black community, including fashion and music.
While there are many great essential documentaries that touch on racial justice, Summer of Soul is a great documentary film highlighting celebrating and uplifting Black history. If fans are looking for a positive movie to indulge in during Black History Month, or any time, this documentary is a great place to start.
Amy Winehouse: A Final Goodbye (2011)
Based on the late musical icon Amy Winehouse, A Final Goodbye touches on Amy’s journey in the spotlight along with her darkest demons. It’s no secret that Winehouse struggled in life, however, the film proves she has much more to be remembered for.
Through exclusive interviews and intimate clips of the singer, her story is told through the lens of the public, as well as those closest to her. If there is one documentary fans of Winehouse should give a watch, it’s this one, as it equally showcases her talents while also providing a serious conversation surrounding the dangers of substance abuse.
The Quiet One (2019)
Highlighting the experiences of the Rolling Stones’ bassist, The Quiet One details Bill Wyman’s experience in the famous rock band. Thanks to his personal archive collection of special moments on tour, the fans are able to take a special look at the band’s glory days better than ever before.
Being one of the most controversial bands to enter the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, many fans are desperate for a closer look at the band’s most intimate behind-the-scenes moments. The documentary features never-before-seen footage and images that any Rolling Stones fan would undoubtedly be thrilled to see.
Featuring interviews from various musical influences and remastered performances, the documentary film Billie highlights Billie Holiday’s undeniable talent and star quality. She is among one of the most famous jazz singers of all time, largely due to her uniquely comforting and cozy voice.
Not only does the documentary cover the legendary artist’s life in the spotlight, but it details what life was like at the time culturally and politically. Fans of Holiday should give this documentary a view, as it provides a healthy mix of performances and history on the jazz singer herself.
Madonna And The Breakfast Club (2019)
While Madonna is one of the most popular pop stars in the world, not many know about her come-up story. Madonna and the Breakfast Club tells the story of the pop icon’s first music venture with her boyfriend at the time when they formed a band during her early years of struggle in New York.
The documentary includes interviews with ex-boyfriend and former bandmate Dan Gilroy himself and serves as a retelling and reenactment of the trying era in her life. Madonna fans are sure to love this docudrama for the inside look it provides from a trusted source.
Bad Rap (2016)
Based on the lives of four different Asian-American rappers, Bad Rap gets to the bottom of the lack of diversity in the Hip-Hop world. Primarily a genre run by Black artists, Asian rappers Awkwafina, Dumbfoundead, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks tells their stories of how they have been stunted by their race in such a previously gatekept genre.
On a quest to diversify the Asian representation in the hip-hop genre, the four rappers attempt to tackle stereotypes in an effort to prove their underrated talent. Rap lovers do not want to miss the insightful interviews and backstory of these skilled and diverse rappers.
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