Lots of us love music and we also admire the stars behind the songs who perform the tracks in the first place.
Learning about them, the highs and lows, the peaks and troughs, can be good viewing, so have you sat down to see your favourite star in their own documentary?
Netflix and Disney Plus have an array of different feature films, exploring what it takes to perform music and sell out concerts to thousands of fans.
For all you music lovers, we have a list of some of the best music documentaries available to stream on either of the platforms either right away or in the near future:
Miss Americana – Taylor Swift
Miss Americana is a music documentary showcasing the highs and lows of some of Taylor Swift’s career, including how she’s managed different pressures over the years.
Swift talks very openly in the film about suffering an eating disorder and how media comments affected her.
In one clip, she discusses how she took time out from her career because she believed that’s what people asked of her, before getting back on her feet.
Her decision to go public with her political views is also featured in the documentary, with Swift describing how she no longer felt ‘muzzled’ after expressing her true opinions.
You can catch Miss Americana on Netflix now.
Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles – Billie Eilish
This one’s not yet released, but is set to be good viewing.
Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles will feature personal performances of every track on Billie Eilish’s latest album, Happier than Ever, released at the end of July.
Disney Plus executives say the film, set at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, will be ‘the first and only time’ where she will sing every track on the album.
Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles will release on Disney Plus on Friday, September 3, 2021.
Five Foot Two – Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga stars in her own music documentary, Five Foot Two, set during the release of Joanna, her fifth studio album.
The music star touches upon many events in the film, and she is open about the struggles she has faced, including around her mental health and the painful condition, fibromyalgia.
She goes on to describe how important her family are with pertinent filming showing the relationship between herself and some of her relatives, including her grandmother.
Lady Gaga also shows some of her performances and how she runs off adrenaline to deliver the concerts.
The film is an intriguing watch into the life of a renowned and hugely successful pop star, and worth viewing on Netflix. It’s available to watch now.
Homecoming – Beyonce
Homecoming is a music documentary by the hugely successful pop star, Beyonce, which examines her performance as the headline act at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2018.
It looks at many different aspects of the performance with powerful footage and interviews showcasing the elements.
Commentators and critics largely lauded the documentary, with one review on the BBC praising its celebration of black American culture.
Beyonce talks in the film about how she shunned the chance to attend an historically black higher education institution, instead choosing to focus on her career with the singing group, Destiny’s Child.
It’s a compelling watch and is available on Netflix now.
The Beatles: Get Back – Beatles
This one’s not due for release for a few more months yet, but we know it is bound to be good viewing.
Details released by Disney Plus, where it will be available on, show that you’re going to want to put this one on your to-watch list in time for Christmas.
The three-part documentary features the story from Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, and how they came to be such a renowned group.
It showcases hours of unseen footage and unheard audio, helping to piece together some of the group’s key moments.
For the first time, the documentary features the Beatles’ last live performance together and the iconic Savile Row show in London.
You can watch The Beatles: Get Back on Disney Plus from Thursday, November 25, 2021.
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