The best music documentaries to watch during isolation

Shauna Power

Self isolation can get boring quickly but with streamiing platforms such as Netflix and Amazon prime, there are a lot of great options for music fans. Whether you want to watch Beyoncé’s concert from bed or delve into a new genre, there is a music documentary available for everyone. 

Travis Scotts’ “Look Mom I can Fly” takes fans on a journey through what was one of Scotts’ biggest years to date, whilst focusing on the creation of his 2018 album “Astroworld”. In comparison to most music documentaries, we aren’t given a huge insight into Scotts’ personal life with Kylie Jenner and Stormi. Instead it focuses mostly on his recording and creative process.

The film shows a side of Scott rarely seen in his music or public appearances. We are shown his motivations and beginnings. Overall this documentary gives a worthwhile insight into the music industry and the lengths artists go to to become and remain successful.

Lady Gagas’ “Gaga: Five Foot Two” documentary is a must see for any pop music fan. This documentary is full of many up close and personal moments which captures the singers album “Joanne” in the making and her triumphant Super Bowl concert.

Little is left to the imagination, as the camera follows Gaga to personal events, chronicles her struggles with fame and relationships and discusses hard topics such as sexism among male producers and the industry. This documentary truly shows that artists are normal people with extraordinary jobs, with the same struggles as everybody else.

For something off the beaten track, “Bob Marley: Who Shot the Sheriff” provides a more historical take on a renowned musician, focusing on the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley. We get an insight into the violent political suppression of the reggae movement in Jamaica and the CIA’s involvement in the shooting of Bob Marley.

For those who don’t know about the shooting, two days before Marley was due to perform to 80,000 people in Kingston (a concert set up to ease political tension and gang violence) he was shot, along with his wife and manager. This focused film provides a brief insight and context into one of many events in Marley’s life. But for those looking to delve deeper into Marley’s life as a whole, “Marley”, Kevin Macdonald’s 2012 film is worth a watch.

Another documentary for the pop princess in your life is Taylor Swift’s “Miss Americana”. This film follows Swift over several years of her career as she learns to harness the full power of her voice as a woman in the music industry.

Just like Gaga’s documentary, Swift chronicles personal issues such as her battle with body dysmorphia, her mother’s cancer diagnosis, the media scrutiny she faces and her sexual assault trial to name a few.

For something a little more light hearted, Beyoncé’s “Homecoming: The Live Album” provides anyone missing out on concerts/festivals in the coming months with the concert experience from home. The film follows Beyoncé’s performance at the 2018 Coachella festival.

Shauna Power 

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