10 Best Music Documentaries to Stream on Netflix Instant

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on February 13, 2014

Baby it's cold outside, snuggle up with our 10 favorite music documentaries available to stream on Netflix Instant. Topics span from British independent record labels to East Coast/West Coast rivalries, from reggae icons to the first black punk band. But what they all have in common is their undeniable ability to make the best out of any and every snow day, night in, or lazy weekend.

Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)

Critics 100% Audience 77%
Creation Records, which produced some of the 20th century's most iconic music, is the subject of this rockumentary that chronicles the indie label's ups and downs, from the deals, the drug-fueled rampages and parties to the day the money ran dry.

A Band Called Death (2013)

Critics 96% Audience 85%
Blending a larger-than-life family story and a rock documentary, this film follows David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney, three teenage brothers from Detroit who founded the band Death, commonly regarded as the first black punk group, in the early 1970s.

Something From Noting: The Art of Rap (2012)

Critics 96% Audience 77%
In his directorial debut, Ice-T interviews dozens of other rap and hip-hop artists, including Mos Def, Eminem and Dr. Dre, about their creative processes. Focusing on the craft rather than the bling, Ice-T also documents the music's history.

Marley (2012)

Critics 95% Audience 90%
Featuring dozens of interviews, electrifying concert performances and rare footage, this documentary explores the music, life and legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley, from his borth in 1945 to his death from cancer at age 36.

Charles Bradley: Soul Of America (2012)

Audience 93%
This biographical documentary charts the incredible late-in-life rise of 62-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album in 2011 rocketed him from a hard life in the projects to Rolling Stone magazine's top 50 albums.

Who is Harry Nilsson?

Critics 91% Audience 88%
Brilliant, mysterious singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson cut an indefinable path across the 1960s pop-cultural landscape, garnering such fans as John Lennon and Randy Newman. This discerning documentary lays bare the vast extent of Nilsson's influence.

Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

Critics 88% Audience 84%
Six years after the release of their first album, the members of LCD Soundsystem decide to call it quits at the top of their game and celebrate their successful career with a powerful concert at Madison Square Garden.

Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Critics 81% Audience 72%
British documentarian Nick Broomfield, famous for appearing in his own investigations, heads to Los Angeles to investigate the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalries and Death Row Records boss Suge Knight.

The Other F Word (2011)

Critics 77% Audience 83%
This insightful documentary examines the mid-life evolution of a generation of punk rockers, including Jim Lindberg, Art Alexakis and Flea, who must reconcile fatherhood and responsible family life with their status as legendary anti-authoritarians.

Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon (2011)

Critics 50% Audience 73%
This documentary charts global phenomenon Kings of Leon's rise to rock 'n' roll stardom, from the band's humble beginnings in the Deep South to their record deals and concert tours -- and their struggles with drugs and alcohol along the way.

Follow @laurajbf on Twitter

See Also:

Music Monday Playlist: Valentine's Day Lovers and Singles
The 10 best US Cities for Music Festivals
7 Signs You're Too Old for Music Festivals