Thursday, September 04, 2014

Movies About the Music Business



And there are so many. I saw FRANK yesterday, which didn't work for me. But early this summer a couple did. Perhaps one of my favorite movies about the music industry is ALMOST FAMOUS.  What are some other good ones?

19 comments:

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

"Abba the Movie" and "Music and Lyrics" starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.

George said...

I thought JERSEY BOYS was good.

Margot Kinberg said...

I loved Almost Perfect. And there's also This is Spinal Tap...

Anonymous said...

AMERICAN HOT WAX
THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
THIS IS SPINAL TAP
THE COMMITMENTS


Jeff M.

Anonymous said...

DREAMGIRLS
RAY
A MIGHTY WIND
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Jeff M.

sandra seamans said...

I was always partial to the Eddie and the Cruisers movies, especially the second one.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have not thought about EDDIE for years. Wow!

Richard said...

WOODSTOCK
AMERICAN HOT WAX
THE BENNY GOODMAN STORY

pattinase (abbott) said...

I also like the one about Glen Miller with Jimmy Stewart.

Charles Gramlich said...

I saw Almost famous but don't remember much about it now.

Kent Morgan said...

I liked Beyond the Sea with Kevin Spacey playing Bobby Darin.

Deb said...

FM--not so much about the music industry as about radio, but with some great late-1970s music thrown in.

pattinase (abbott) said...

THIRTY FEET FROM STARDOM was pretty great.

Al Tucher said...

My list begins and ends with THIS IS SPINAL TAP!

John said...

There was an excellent movie with Illeanna Douglas supposedly based on Carole King's life. Perfect example of a movie about the music business and chock full of cleverly disguised scenes based on fact. Like the story behind Leslie Gore's first hit and the creation of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" What was it called...? Let me check imdb.com...

Aha! GRACE OF MY HEART. If you've not seen it I highly recommend it.

HIGH FIDELITY is about a record store yet it feels like it's about the music business because the characters are so connected to rock music and the groups that the listen to.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I did see GRACe OF MY HEART. A nice little film. And HIGH FIDELITY is one of my favorites.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

I have a real soft spot for THAT THING YOU DO - I remember liking GRACE OF MY HEART, though a lot of that was due to the great song by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach.

David Cranmer said...

I thought ALMOST FAMOUS was very funny and equally poignant. One of my favorites.

Todd Mason said...

JAZZ IS MY NATIVE LANGUAGE: TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI
THE WEAVERS: WASN'T THAT A TIME
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
CATCH US IF YOU CAN/HAVING A WILD WEEKEND (even if ostensibly about filmmaking and advertising instead)
THELONIOUS MONK: STRAIGHT, NO CHASER
(and BIRD, if not quite as much)
I've never actually sat down and watched PUNK'S NOT DEAD straight through
to some extent, 32 SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD
so many more video than cinematic examples, leaving aside straight concert and impromptu performance footage...

Goofy but fun:
ALL NIGHT LONG
BOUND FOR GLORY
DIVA
WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY
THE RUNAWAYS and its anticipation
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS
AMADEUS
LA BAMBA