For Screen Time this week, Kerri and Stephanie discuss rock movies. Bob Dylan, who played two shows in Minnesota last week, starred in two classics of the genre: "Don't Look Back" and "The Last Waltz." From concert films to behind-the-scenes glimpses of stars, what are the best documentaries about music?
LEARN MORE ABOUT ROCK DOCS:
• An excerpt from a Sasha Frere-Jones review of "Shut Up and Play the Hits," a movie of the final concert of James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem:
A consistent impression I had of watching Murphy and his band work was that, no matter what happened, Murphy rarely lost control, or believed his own press, or became entranced by the significant popularity that he had unexpectedly generated. Nothing was a big deal, except that it always was, insofar as everybody involved wanted things to go well because the project was a gorgeous lark that had become meaningful to people in a way that so many self-serious artists would kill for. An anti-star had become a star while managing not to romanticize a moment that was acutely personal for fans who wanted nothing more than that moment to continue. A perfect place to stop. (New Yorker)
• How Adam Yauch Made the Greatest Concert Film Ever
"Awesome's" central gimmick is old news: The band gave 50 fans 50 cameras to record the entirety of its Oct. 9, 2004, concert at Madison Square Garden. "You can rock out, you can do whatever you want," a producer advises the camerapeople at the beginning of the film. "Just keep shooting. ... In 20 years, you'll be able to look back and say, 'Awesome; I ... shot that.' " The Beasties combined the crowd footage with that of a small backstage crew, and Yauch went to work." (Movieline)
• "Don't Look Back" clip:
• "Buena Vista Social Club" trailer: