There’s something satisfying about a truly good documentary; not only are you entertained, but there’s an element of education to the whole affair that lets you feel as though you’re bettering yourself while sitting back and watching the tube. We here at Goliath absolutely love that feeling, which is why we’ve taken the time to suss out and detail the 10 best “Rockumentaries” of all time; that’s right, we’ve got rock documentaries on the table today, and good ones to boot. Trust us when we say leaving This is Spinal Tap (1984) off this list kills us, but we chose to focus on legitimate documentaries for this one (Don’t worry, Spinal Tap fans… that film made it onto another list).
10. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
There’s something incredibly admirable about what James Murphy has done with LCD Soundsystem. Choosing to burn out rather than fade away, the much acclaimed band dissolved after three massively successful albums, with their last show documented in 2012’s Shut Up and Play the Hits. As front man Murphy explains the methodology behind the band and their decision to disband rather than continue to make music just for profit, Shut Up and Play the Hits follows LCD Soundsystem as they prepare for and deliver the final concert in the band’s history. A beautifully shot concert film that attempts to hone in and identify the line between commerce and art, and why that line is so often obscured or obfuscated, Shut Up and Play the Hits is worth watching if only for the dialogue between Murphy and pop culture author Chuck Klosterman, who conducts many of the film’s primary interviews.