Thursday, January 10, 2013

Music docos: 2012 snapshot

From Musicfilmweb, read this great article, titled "The Rodriguez Syndrome: Our Favorite Music Films of 2012". Hat tip to Jay for the link.

"No use denying it: in music documentary terms, 2012 was the year of the Sugar Man. Malik Bendjelloul’s dextrous telling of the too-good-to-be-true tale of lost bard Rodriguez opened the yearstealing everyone’s thunder at Sundance and closes it seemingly certain to cop an Oscar nomination, having hoovered up festival awards and critical kudos in between.

Little surprise, then, that Searching for Sugar Man dominates our annual review of the year in music film, wherein we asked an unscientifically selected baker’s dozen of judges to pick the best of 2012 (one top choice and a handful of honorable mentions). It showed up in seven of the 13 lists (it would’ve been eight – see below), topping three. A few participants seemed to feel almost obligated to offer homage, while one explicitly framed his choices as the anti-Sugar Men..."

Among the films they highlight include the Bad Brains doco, the Ginger Baker doco Beware of Mr Baker (above), Charles Bradley - Soul of America, This Band Is So Gorgeous! Sham 69 in China, Rock ‘n’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen (dr: Don Letts), Punk Syndrome (About a Finnish punk band whose members are mentally disabled), United States of Africa: Beyond Hiphop, and many more cool sounding films... some trailers below...

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