Explore the Lives of Iconic Musicians in New Streaming Documentaries

Published June 7, 2024

A selection of engaging new music documentaries is shining the spotlight on the evocative histories and cultural impacts of some of twentieth-century America's most legendary rock artists. These films offer viewers intimate portraits and in-depth explorations of their musical journeys, available now across various streaming platforms.

Cyndi Lauper: A Feminist Pop Pioneer on Paramount+

The recently premiered 'Let the Canary Sing' documentary dives deep into Cyndi Lauper's influence as a feminist pop icon. Available on Paramount+, the film walks us through Lauper's personal and professional life, accentuating her unique style and the lasting impact of hits like 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.' The inclusion of professional wrestling in her successful music video is a noteworthy highlight, marking her innovation in cross-genre promotion. Directed by Alison Ellwood, renowned for the 'The Go-Gos' documentary, 'Let the Canary Sing' celebrates Lauper's indomitable spirit and artistic individuality.

'Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story' Rocks on Hulu

Hulu hosts the four-part documentary miniseries 'Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story,' detailing the impressive trajectory of the New Jersey band's climb to stardom. With Jon Bon Jovi reflecting on the band's history and their ongoing allure across generations, this Emmy-winning Gotham Chopra-directed series captures the essence of Bon Jovi's rise, internal challenges, and enduring legacy in the music industry.

Surf's Up with 'The Beach Boys' on Disney+

The tale of 'The Beach Boys,' detailing a quintessential portrayal of California dreams in the 1960s, unravels on Disney+. Directed by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimmy, the documentary includes insights from scholars and celebrates the group's musical genius, despite critiques over its limited coverage of internal conflicts and experimental works. The film features valuable input from music influencers like Janelle Monae and Lindsey Buckingham, unraveling the family band's competition with icons like The Beatles.

Drumming Greatness Captured on Drumeo's YouTube Channel

For those seeking a more dynamic and shorter format, Drumeo's YouTube channel offers addictive content for music aficionados. The series invites renowned drummers to improvise on tracks blindfolded, resulting in breathtaking displays of raw talent by the likes of Chad Smith and Megadeth's Dirk Verbeuren. This platform packs an entertaining punch, showcasing artists' prowess in an enthralling setting for anyone passionate about music.

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