5 Music Documentaries to Stream This Spring

Autumn Simon

It looks like music fans are in for a treat, as many states have announced the return of live performances. Until the day we’re able to head back to our favorite independent venues, we can still enjoy a good music documentary from our couch. By blending archived footage and interviews, documentaries are the best resources to learn more about your favorite artist, band or record label.

Whether you’re a hip-hop head or pop music fan, there’s an informative music-based film perfect for you to stream. From Netflix and Hulu to Amazon Prime and HBO Max, you can enjoy these movies across all of these platforms. To assist your at-home movie nights, we’ve put together a list of documentaries that were recently released within the past year.

Read on to see the list and find out where you can watch them!

Tina (2021)

Watch on HBO Max

This isn’t the first time music fans caught a glimpse of the life of Anna Mae Bullock, who is popularly referred to as Tina Turner. However, this is the first time she was able to tell her whole story from her perspective. Detailing her rise to fame with her then-husband Ike Turner and her career after the duo’s inevitable divorce, Tina goes beyond the infamous stories of her abusive past and shares with audiences her experience. In this 2021 documentary, fans can see the phoenix rise from the ashes and how the living legend became the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (2020)

Watch on HBO Max

We’re jumping genres and countries here with this next entry! The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart recounts the career of the Australian brothers, Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb, also known as The Bee Gees. Throughout their career, the talented trio has written and performed hits transcending various eras including, “Stayin’ Alive,” “Massachusetts” and “You Should Be Dancing.” This film details The Bee Gees’ career through never-before-seen footage, performances and interviews.

The Apollo (2019)

Watch on Hulu

The iconic Apollo Theater represents a temple of Black American culture, art and music! Director Roger Ross Williams chronicles the history of the New York music venue with a look at past performances from Billie Holiday, James Brown and The Jackson 5. In celebration of its 85th birthday, the film breaks down the legacy of the theater decades by decades and is an entertaining and educational watch.

Miss Americana (2020)

Watch on Netflix

Swifties, this one is for you! After almost 16 years in the music industry, Taylor Swift teamed up with  Netflix for her 2020 documentary Miss Americana. From award show scandals, a brief social media fall from grace to multiple failed relationships, the country-pop star has been through a lot in her short career. This film finally gives us an inside look at all of these things and more from  Taylor Swift’s perspective. Fans can see her from a vulnerable position as she transitions from singer and songwriter to business mogul. 

Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell (2021)

Watch on Netflix

Hip-hop heads are extremely familiar with the Biggie Smalls story thanks to the 2009 film Notorious. Known for being one of the greatest lyricists of all time, Christopher Wallace’s legacy was sadly shortened after he was gunned down in 1997. Luckily the Notorious B.I.G.’s story was able to be told through interviews with his childhood friends, mentors and family. Fans are able to watch never-before-seen footage of the rapper and how he rose to fame. After you finish watching the film, check out this list of 5 things we’ve learned from the film.

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