7 must-watch music documentaries on Netflix

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Summer is music festival season, and what better way to gear up for the highly anticipated events to come than to brush up on your music history? Beyond the glamour of the limelight, every artist has a story to tell.

Featuring a comprehensive collection of documentaries, Netflix’s library is the first stop to getting your music history fix. Now easily accessed through TELUS Optik TV™, we’ve selected seven diverse documentaries that will appeal to viewers with varying musical tastes.


7 Must-Watch Music Documentaries on Netflix

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  • "Searching for Sugar Man" (2012)

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    Sixto Rodriguez, an American folk musician, never achieved success in the US, yet his music became hugely popular in South Africa. In this Swedish-British documentary, the efforts of two Cape Town fans of the elusive "Rodriguez" are chronicled as they work to uncover the truth behind his rumoured death.

  • "20 Feet From Stardom" (2013)

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    "20 Feet From Stardom" tells the unsung stories of the backup singers to some of the biggest names in music history, including the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Mick Jagger, just to name a few.

  • "Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" (2011)

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    Often regarded as one of the most iconic hip hop groups of all time, A Tribe Called Quest's 2008 reunion tour is featured in this must-watch documentary for all fans of the music genre.

  • "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" (2013)

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    Following Journey as they embark on their "Revelation" Tour, "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" also focuses on the latest member to join the legendary band: Arnel Pineda.

  • "Good Ol' Freda" (2013)

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    Behind every prolific band is a dedicated crew working behind the scenes to ensure their success. In the case of The Beatles, that crew was comprised of all but one Freda Kelly. "Good Ol' Freda" tells the story of The Beatles' most dedicated and loyal supporter, who began working for the band long before they sky-rocketed to fame.

  • "History of the Eagles" (2013)

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    When The Eagles first began pursuing music together, no one would've known that they'd end the 1970s as the biggest band of the decade. "History of the Eagles" chronicles the group's rise to fame, and how they redefined American soft rock in the process.

  • "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" (2012)

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    Unlike many music documentaries, "Something From Nothing" doesn't focus on one single musician or musical group. Instead, it is solely devoted to the art of creating and performing rap verses, as told from the point of views of numerous emcees. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and Ice-T (who is also the documentary's director) are just some of the artists to be featured.

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