8 Documentaries About Legendary Musicians That Are Fresh And Cheeky

Biopic about legendary musician is one of the most stupid and nonsense thing ever. It's played by an actor or actress. However good an actor or actress acts as a legendary musician, it always ruin everything. 

There is a film about Elvis Presley starring Kurt Russell as Elvis. Also a film about the Doors starring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison. Those films resulting failure in so many ways. Any biopics about legendary musician always come to the failure. 

The legendary musicians by the way, are highly creative and illogically charismatic in their own style. There is only one way to tell the story about them, by documentary which tell and show the truth.

Documentary has many forms, concert or gig footage and exhibition can tell something or everything about the musician. But, there are so many documentaries which describe the legendary musician or singer, as a miserable person. Sometimes, it's not about music at all. It's boring and depressing to watch. 

Nowadays, some filmmakers have done beautiful thing with documentaries about legendary musicians and their creative works, with remastered, restoration, and music.


Elvis: That's The Way It Is

Has music career since 1954, In 1958 Elvis Presley was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making films and their accompanying soundtrack albums. Elvis made surprising comeback to live performances in 1968, and then in Las Vegas during August 1970 (right after the Beatles break up), with the new costumes that became his trademark.

That's the Way It Is documentary film released on 11 November 1970. It was directed by Denis Sanders. The film documents Elvis' Summer Festival in Las Vegas in August 1970. In 2014, Warner Bros Home Entertainment remastered the classic and screen it in theaters, with thousands of feet of materials including sequences added to capture with greater intimacy Elvis' performances and his creative process behind-the-scenes. The film also arrives on Blu-ray as a two-disc special edition.
David Bowie is

"David Bowie is", is a documentary film based on "David Bowie is" exhibition which was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London, between 23 March and 11 August 2013. The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the exhibition. It was filmed on the closing night of the exhibition, and directed by Hamish Hamilton. 

In 2014, it was in cinemas worldwide. After Bowie's death, the film was re-released and screenings in Vue cinemas and selected venues across the UK on 14 July 2016.

"David Bowie is" exhibition, is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. Over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the very first time. The exhibition was organized by V&A. After opening in London in 2013, in the following years, the exhibition went on an international tour included Toronto, São Paulo, Berlin, Chicago, Paris, Bologna, Melbourne, Groningen, and it will be held in Tokyo in 2017.

Marley is a 2012 documentary-biographical film directed by Kevin Macdonald, documenting the life of Bob Marley. It was released in theaters on 20 April 2012. The film features archival footage and interviews.

Throughout the documentary, much of the content deals with Marley’s struggle with racial identity and acceptance. Marley’s widow, Rita Marley stated “they saw Bob as an outcast, because he didn’t really belong to anyone. You’re in-between. You’re black and white; so you’re not even black.” Livingston also comments that Marley was harassed in school for being mixed race.
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival on 4 July 1970 become the subject of a documentary, Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church. The Documentary unveiling previously unseen footage of Jimi Hendrix's seminal performance at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival playing his greatest hits in front of 300,000 people. Features interviews with Hendrix, and fellow musicians, including Paul McCartney and Mitch Mitchell, who provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius at the juncture of this important cultural gathering, hailed as the 'Southern Woodstock'.

The documentary was premiered on Showtime on 4 September 2015 . The DVD/Blu-Ray release of the documentary released on 30 October 2015 with bonus content not shown in the televised version.
The Doors: Live At The Bowl '68

On 5 July 1968, The Doors celebrated their own independent streak with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. While parts of it have been released before, in October 2012, the CD/vinyl and DVD of the entire show was released.

This concert has been restored by using original camera negatives. The audio has been remixed and mastered from original multi-tracks by the group’s engineer, Bruce Botnick. Modern technology has found a way to clean up tracks previously considered poorly recorded.

The band grasped the show’s importance and, unusually, rehearsed (something they rarely did).
The Doors: Feast of Friends

After When You're Strange, a documentary film about the Doors screened at the Sundance Film Festival on 17 January 2009, another documentary about the Doors, Feast Of Friends was released on 10 November 2014 (available on DVD and Blu-ray).

Filmed in 1968, Feast of Friends was the first film produced about The Doors by The Doors. The film offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer ’68 tour. Whilst never truly completed, the film provides a stylistic approach in true sixties cinéma vérité style. Concert performances are intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat. Completely restored from the original negative, as supervised by Jim Morrison, the film has been colour corrected and cleaned in high definition with the soundtrack totally remixed and remastered by long-time Doors’ collaborator Bruce Botnick. 

Other than a few appearances in film festivals in 1968, an official release never be seen until 10 November 2014. The reason it has taken nearly half a century to come out on home video is because of the singer's legal issues at the time. The legacy of Feast of Friends stems from a grainy copy of the film that has been circulating on the bootleg market for decades. The print purportedly belonged to Morrison and was something that he had taken with him when he moved to Paris in 1971. According to legend, the singer left the film in a paper bag at a friend's house, days before his death.
George Harrison: Living In The Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the life of Beatles member George Harrison. According to Scorsese, he was attracted to the project because "That subject matter has never left me...The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you. His music is very important to me, so I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration. We don't know. We're just feeling our way through."

The film premièred at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool on 2 October 2011. It was shown on HBO (US and Canada) and BBC Two (UK). The film earned two Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard about The Beatles' career during their touring years from 1962 to 1966, from their performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final concert in San Francisco in 1966. The film was released theatrically on 15 September 2016.

The film includes 30 minutes of film footage shot for the band's 1965 concert at Shea Stadium. Consisting of 11 songs, the set was originally shot on 35-mm film, but was digitally restored for the documentary to 4K resolution, in addition to remastered sound by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin.