‘Rockumentaries’ on Netflix: Get your rock music fix

By Camden Mondeaux on March 25, 2020
HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Comedian Patton Oswalt puts his head inside the Netflix mailbox at Netflix Presents a Special Screening of “The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie” at the Egyptian Theatre on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images for Netflix)

With music events getting cancelled nationwide, rock music fans can look to Netflix for their music needs.

By: Cami Mondeaux

Streaming services like Netflix are great ways to find that music content you’re looking for — especially when events and venues are closed off because of the spread of the virus.

Here are three different ways you rock music fans can still get your fix from “rockumentaries” on Netflix:


This documentary takes a look at how various groups like The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas & The Papas created the beginning of the Laurel Canyon music scene.

Just under an hour and a half, and you’ll begin to see how the artist’s creations reverberated across the world.

In this documentary, Jacob Dylan hosts a panel discussion with Fiona Apple, Norah Jones and Beck — who all reflect on the influences of their careers on this music scene.


If you’re a fan of ZZ Top, look no further.

This documentary will give you a look into the real history of the band — with candid interviews of the band members and never-before-seen archive footage. It also includes testimonials from celebrity fans.

This all comes together to provide insight into the history of the Southern rock ‘n’ roll band.

The documentary follows a chronological timeline, following the band from their early influences into their success.


Just as it sounds, this documentary follows the life and career of music producer Clive Davis.

Believe it or not, Davis knew almost nothing about the music industry before he attended the Monterey Folk Festival as the head of CBS Records in 1967. He was a lawyer from New York who didn’t fit in with the rest of the crowd in California.

But, he had a talent for recognizing talent — which led him to signing Janis Joplin: a spirited singer-songwriter. That was just the beginning of how Davis began to form the “soundtrack of our lives.”

Over the years, Davis signed acts like the Grateful Dead, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd and more. This documentary, in just two hours, tries to touch upon most of that.

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