The Dirty Dozen – Music Movie Mania

1. Don’t Quit Your Daydream

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgxhZ0GiVF0

A two-man band hits the road, traveling across the country and recording one song in each town they stop with a local musician.  It’s an awesome look into the lives of the musicians who live in relative obscurity, but pursue their art for the sheer love of it.

2. It Might Get Loud

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Anything that gets legendary guitarists Jack White, Jimmy Page, and The Edge in the same room jamming and talking about music is bound to be awesome, but throw in their individual backstories – from their childhood bedrooms to their amphitheater-filling performances – and you’ve got something epic on your hands.  Parents, show this movie to your kids.  In the age of Garage Band and drum machines, they need to hear what true love for the guitar can mean.

3 & 4. Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways & The Runaways

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http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=533887354

http://www.sonypictures.com/previews/homevideo/therunaways/clips/2176/ (if you need embed code for this one (work with me here, wordpress), let me know.  This vid’s hq so I thought I’d give it a shot)

These two films get dual billing.  Edgeplay is a documentary directed by former Runaways bassist Victory Blue and features live footage and interviews with all the band members save Joan Jett, who had nothing to do with the film.  The Runaways was executive-produced by Jett and, while it takes creative license, tells the story of the band from the perspective of Jett and lead vocalist Cherie Currie, who also executive produced.  It dives deep into their relationship and the evolution of the band as they found fame.  If you want to get a complete picture of what it was like to be in the first major all-girl rock band, you need to see them both.

5. I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store

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We’ve all heard a lot about how the rapid deterioration of album sales has negatively affected artists and albums, but have you ever thought about what it’s done in the lives of the thousands of record store owners?  I Need That Record! is a glimpse into the upheaval of the recording industry from their viewpoint.

6. The Final Riot!

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The Final Riot! follows Paramore on the final tour in support of their Platinum-selling Riot! album.  Includes the full live set from Chicago and a documentary filmed during the 40-city tour.  If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a shooting star in the modern rock world, this will give you an idea.

7. Almost Famous

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http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/almost-famous/trailer

Based on director Cameron Crowe’s real-life experiences as a teenage rock journalist, the movie explores the relationship between journos and musicians in back in the day and gives insight into the early days of rock ‘n roll.  It also won Kate Hudson an Oscar.  If you haven’t seen this one already, do it now.

8. Across The Universe

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It ain’t the real Beatles, but it’s the next best thing.  It’s a trippy musical with re-recorded Beatles material as its soundtrack, which, somehow, makes the songs have even more life than they did before.

9. We Fun: Atlanta, GA Inside Out

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The Black Lips, Mastodon, Deerhunter, and Hotlanta should be all the reasons you need.  If that’s not good enough for you, Paste Magazine has 10 more: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2009/05/we-fun-really-is-fun-10-reasons-to-love-the-atlant.html

10. Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll

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http://vimeo.com/8245291

If you don’t live in the UK, you may not have heard of this one and might have a tough time getting your hands on it, but it’s worth the effort.  Andy Serkis stars in the story of 70’s British punk rocker Ian Dury, who was left crippled by polio as a child, yet went on to be one of the most respected British rockers of his time.

11. Walk The Line

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As the best film Joaquin Phoenix made before he became a nutter, it’s a must-see.  But lest that be how it’s defined forevermore, the story of Johnny Cash needs to be given its due respects, and this movie does it.  Joaquin and Reese Witherspoon give what Roger Ebert termed “dead-on performances” in a music biopic that transcends the genre.

12. Dear Jack

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“Dear Jack” – about Andrew McMahon’s (of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin) battle with leukemia, which hit as he was at the top of his game with Jack’s Mannequin.  He undergoes a bone marrow transplant, loses and wins back his girlfriend during that time, and through it all his heart remains in the music.  Narrated by Tommy Lee.

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