Celebrate Black History Month with 5 inspiring music documentaries
This month is Black History Month and to celebrate and learn, check out these iconic documentaries detailing the fantastic lives of artists Biggie, Aretha Franklin and many more.
Sit back, tune in, and enjoy these classics. Here are five music documentaries you don’t want to miss.
by Randi Zimmerman of Symphonic Blog
Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell
“Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell is a 2021 American biographical documentary film created for Netflix and directed by Emmett Malloy. The film offers a look into the life and musical career of rapper Christopher Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls. It uses rare footage filmed by Wallace’s close friend Damion “D-Roc” Butler along with interviews with family and friends, to offer an alternative perspective into Wallace’s life.” says Wikipedia.
Summer of Soul
“In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.” describes Hulu.
“A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.” states imdb.
Devil At The Crossroads: A Robert Johnson Story
“ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads is a 2019 documentary film about Robert Johnson, the blues singer, songwriter and musician. It was released on April 26, 2019 on Netflix streaming… The documentary takes a look at the short, mysterious life of Robert Johnson, the blues singer, songwriter and musician who has influenced later generations of musicians. The documentary title comes from the myth about how he made a deal with the Devil at a crossroads in rural Mississippi to achieve musical success” says Wikipedia.
“Told in five powerful acts, this film from Academy Award(R)-winners Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin is an intimate and revealing look at the life and career of Tina Turner, charting the queen of rock ‘n’ roll’s rise to early fame, her lifelong personal and professional struggles, and her improbable resurgence as a global phenomenon in the 1980s.” describes HBO.