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    While waiting for "Without Getting Killed or Caught", the documentary about Guy and Susanna Clark and Townes Van Zant to come out, just wondering what you all have seen and would recommend? We don't have to restrict the list to Bluegrass or Country.
    Here are a few that I have seen already and would recommend.

    Ken Burns Country Music ( I know kind of obvious)
    The Wrecking Crew
    Laura Canyon
    The Festival Express
    Beware of Mr. Baker
    20 Feet From Stardom.

    Thanks in advance for your response and apologies to the moderators if this has been already covered.
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    Good list. Also:

    Louie Bluie (mandolin player, Howard Armstrong)
    Standing in The Shadows of Motown (similar to Wrecking Crew)
    The Last Waltz (The Band)
    Blues (miniseries, Scorcese)
    Jazz (miniseries, Ken Burns)
    Hail, Hail Rock 'n Roll (Chuck Berry)

    The T.A.M.I. Show (not a documentary but an enjoyable 1964 rock concert film)
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Great suggestions here — I’ll add Searching for Sugar Man.

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    http://www.magpictures.com/thewreckingcrew/ If you listened to music in the 60s or 70s you listened to these players.
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    Great idea for a thread, and great lists of recommendations. I've seen several of them, but many I haven't now want to.

    I'll add:
    - Muscle Shoals
    - The Eagles Documentary

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    Another vote for Standing In the Shadows Of Motown
    Also:
    Revival - The Sam Bush Story
    Classic Albums - Dark Side Of The Moon
    The Kids Are Alright
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    Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

    The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time!

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    I don't know if your tastes run towards Irish music, but there are some excellent documentaries on the Irish TV channel TG4.

    You might enjoy this one on guitarist Steve Cooney
    https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=6120996798001

    or bouzouki player Alec Finn
    https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=5858348933001

    or piper Liam O'Flynn
    https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/categor...s&pcode=109053

    There are plenty more. Beautifully done.
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    If I can add a few more:

    Down Home Music: A Journey Through the Heartland 1963 (great variety of singers and musicians across American South and Southwest)
    Music from The Big House (Can. blues singer, Ritta Chiarelli at Angola Prison, Louisiana)
    Fiddlers of James Bay (Cree people in Canadian north)
    Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah (I did not care for the movie "Blaze" made years later)
    Gypsy Caravan
    Grateful Dawg
    Heartworn Highways
    Eat That Question Zappa

    And while not documentary movies....pick up any of the Oxford American annual music issues. Make sure you get the cd with it. Each one is an amazing musical documentary in itself.

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    For the Love Of the Music, about Club 47 in Cambridge MA in the '60's.

    As one who hung out there, I was transported back to my "fan just learning the music" days.
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    A Mighty Wind.

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    I don't think anyone has mentioned Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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    Oh there are so many coming out - very cool. I've always appreciated the resource of ytube - it's so vast for the player and student.. just yesterday I ran into a couple of deep hour-long docs on some of my favorite music.. nflix comes out with a new one occasionally - seems I saw a very good one on bird last year..there's the Lee Morgan one and of course another Coltrane.. the James Baldwin one is very good.

    Not vid but new one out 2 days ago - lots of rock guitar but also the young'ns on the scene now. https://youtu.be/u60dfVLYHnY

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    "Chasing Sound" (Les Paul).

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    American Epic
    Rumble
    Both of these are filled with jaw dropping I didn’t know that moments

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    I've seen many of the excellent suggestions above. I'll add 'Rising Low', gotta represent the low end!
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    Not really a documentary in the sense. Chris Hillman at the Library of Congress telling the story of his career.

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    Woodstock!

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    http://www.folkstreams.net/films.php?cat=8&sort=recent

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    Here are two documentaries with sights and sounds of string band music from overseas: Far Western - http://www.farwesternmovie.com/ and Banjo Romantika - www.banjoromantika.com (stream on demand from vimeo...)

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    “Revival” the Sam Bush story is a good one. Lots of fellow mandolin players interviewed. From Thile, Hull, to late Jeff Austin.
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    I was listening to a bunch of Lea Bertucci this evening and ran across this one on Delia Derbyshire. https://youtu.be/n2dvGQ32q8g

    I think I was Delia in a previous life or something..

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