Rockumentaries, Music Biopics, & Filmic Citations

Below are the clips I showed in class today: a collection of rockumentaries and music biopics (with a large amount of 70s gender-bending queerness), as well as the scene from Orson Welles’s 1941 Citizen Kane that is cited in Brothers of the Head. Also at the end are  some other music biopics/rockumentaries: two that are more “classic” versions centering white, male musicians (Gimme Shelter, No Direction Home), and some that seek to challenge the focus on white men in most music biopics/rockumentaries (Girls Rock!, Marley, Rise Above, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Ray). And last but not least is the rockumentary This is Spinal Tap.

The Runaways. Director Floria Sigismondi (2010):

Monterey Pop. Director D.A. Pennebaker (1968):

Velvet Goldmine. Director Todd Haynes (1998):

I’m Not There. Director Todd Haynes (2007):

Citizen Kane. Director Orson Welles (1941):

What’s Love Got To Do With It. DIrector Brian Gibson (1993):

Marley. Director Kevin Macdonald (2012):

Girls Rock! Directors Shane King & Arne Johnson (2008):

Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary. Director Tracey Flannigan (2004):

Ray. Director Taylor Hackford (2004):

No Direction Home. Director Martin Scorsese (2005):

Gimmie Shelter. Directors Albert Maysles, David Maysles, & Charlotte Zwerin (1970):

This is Spinal Tap. Director Rob Reiner (1984):

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