5 Best Music Documentaries to Watch on Netflix: Fall 2017

This roundup of Netflix music documentaries features inspirational stories from iconic musicians such as David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Ginger Baker, and Janis Joplin.

Music Documentaries

Music Documentaries

Our selection of Netflix music documentaries explore the history of music and its influence on culture. They also follow the careers, life stories, accomplishments, and struggles of some of the industry’s most iconic and influential musicians.

Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World


This documentary celebrates the illustrious life of one of the greatest artists to ever grace the stage. Experience an inside look at David Bowie’s incredible influence on music, art, and culture. The film also features interviews with the late great David Bowie and contributions from those who knew him personally. This exploration of a truly inspirational icon also looks into his remarkable career and the effect it has had on the world.

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Follow pop star provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a new album, preps for her Super Bowl halftime show, and confronts physical and emotional struggles. Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chris Moukarbel takes viewers behind-the-scenes with Gaga as she spends time with close friends and family. The film also offers an extensive look at a variety of other topics and events in the superstar’s life.

Beware of Mr. Baker

Beware of Mr. Baker follows the life of legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker, one of the most unforgettable and controversial musicians. Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream, Blind Faith, and Fela Kuti. The film also tells the story his self-destructive patterns, rampant drug usage, exotic pilgrimages, violence, broken relationships, losses of fortune, and more.

The documentary includes stories from many of the greatest living musicians that worked with Ginger including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg, Chad Smith, Femi Kuti, Neal Peart, Simon Kirke, Marky Ramone, and many more.

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic singers of all time. Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of the complicated, driven, and often beleaguered artist.

The film also explores the life of the singer through private letters and interviews, peers like the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, and other iconic musicians. Additionally, the film also includes interviews with contemporary musicians who she had a profound impact on like Pink, Melissa Ethridge, and Juliette Lewis.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

Regardless of the genre, many people have spoken about the “power” of music. In this stirring documentary, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the experiences of individuals around the country who have been seen their lives transformed, repaired, and enriched through music’s healing powers.

The film also explores individuals suffering from debilitating memory loss and their relationship with music. Moreover, this inspirational and emotional story reveals the human connection we find in music. It also reveals how music’s healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. The film was also awarded the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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