Brian’s Top 5 Rock Documentaries

When the weather outside is frightful, rock docs are delightful

Everyone wants to get to know their favourite bands behind the scenes. The rock-u-mentary has a long tradition in film. Here are my favourites.

1. Dig!

The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre are two rival bands coming up together in the early 90’s – When only one becomes hugely successful resentment grows and threatens to drag them both down.
 

2. Meeting People Is Easy

A must-watch for any Radiohead fan, it follows the band during their Ok Computer tour including the time Thom Yorke almost drowned making the video for No Surprises.
 

3. Vieuphoria

A weird/hilarious look at The Smashing Pumpkins in their heyday with plenty of rare & live footage, and Billy Corgan with hair!
 

4. Sound City

Dave Grohl buys the soundboard from the California studio where Nevermind was recorded and extols the virtues of analog. The film provides a great behind the scenes look at the recording process and jams with Josh Homme, Trent Reznor and Stevie Nicks.
 

5. Mayor Of The Sunset Strip

Rodney Bingenheimer is an LA radio dj who helped break bands like Hole, Oasis, No Doubt and Coldplay – this is the story of his passion for music and real, sometimes sad, life off the air.
 

BONUS: Toronto Rocks

Remember when Toronto had SARS? Half a million people gathered at Downsview Park for “SARSstock” and despite the classic rock-heavy lineup and the insufferable “Blues Brothers” there were some memorable moments courtesy of The Flaming Lips, Sam Roberts and the adorable Kathleen Edwards.