• Emma Barsky

6 Music Documentaries to Watch in The Q

Willing to peel your eyes away from TikTok long enough to get a little cultured? Here are 6 documentaries worth watching:

1. Coachella: 20 Years in The Dessert

A festival in the middle of the desert seemed like a ridiculous idea at the time. 20 years later, we get to look back on an event that didn't just impact the music industry, but helped shape our popular culture. Released earlier this month, this documentary is a really interesting look at the backstory of the festival, how the evolution of the lineup represents the growth of different genres, and some seriously monumental moments in music. Available on Youtube

2. Homecoming

Speaking of monumental moments in music, Beyonce became the first Black woman to headline Coachella in 2018. The next year, she partnered with Netflix to release a documentary that dives into the countless hours and hundreds of people it took to create that iconic performance. Available on Netflix.

3. The Defiant Ones

This is a four-part documentary series about Jimmy Lovine and Dr. Dre. It tells the story of Lovine founding Interscope Records and Dr. Dre’s brilliance as a producer and a visionary. Available on HBO.

4. Amy

This is an emotional film documenting the life, career and heart-breaking death of Amy Winehouse. It portrays her unbelievable talent while taking the viewer on an unsettling journey. Available on Netflix and to rent on Amazon.


This short documentary is a behind the scenes look at the Revenge of the Dreamers III sessions in January 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Revenge of the Dreamers III was released last summer by J. Cole's label, Dreamville Records. Available on Youtube

6. Look Mom I Can Fly

This is more a series of clips than a documentary, but Travis Scott is one of the biggest rappers in the game right now, so it’s cool to get a behind the scenes look at his life, the making of Astroworld and some crazy concert footage. Available on Netflix.


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