An official teaser trailer was released today for, Amy, the documentary about the incredibly talented and tragically deceased singer, Amy Winehouse.
Hopes are high for the film as BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapaida is at the helm. Kapaida is best known for the 2010 biopic, Senna, which took home an audience award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
We had chills after watching the one minute and twenty-nine second trailer. Put on a sweater and see for yourself below.
While you wait for the films release this summer, take a break between teary repeat listens of Frank and Back to Black, and check out a few of the titles on our list of top five music documentaries.
5. Muscle Shoals
This 2013 film tells the story of FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where some the worlds greatest rock and soul albums were recorded.
It features commentators from Mick Jagger to Percy Sledge to Alicia Keys. And, includes some very cool old footage from the classic 60s and 70s recordings, one moment in particular featuring a young Aretha Franklin in the studio, will leave you feeling intimidated even from your living room.
4. Sound City
The scared ground on which Nirvana’s Nevermind was recorded, the story of Sound City Studios is awesomely captured in Sound City, directed by Dave Grohl.
Grohl gives the history of the legendary recording studio while featuring timeless recordings by artists like Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Neil Young.
3. Searching for Sugar Man
If you somehow missed this 2012 breakout hit, do yourself a favour and stop whatever other stupid thing you’re doing, like working or taking care of your kids, and acquire a copy of this film.
Searching for Sugar Man tells the unbelievable story of musician Sixto Rodriguez and his devoted fans who travel from Cape Town, South Africa to Detroit, Michigan to find out if the legendary rumours of his death are in fact true. In fear of giving up spoilers we’ll stop there, but believe us when we say this story has some serious surprises in store.
2. 20 Feet From Stardom
So near yet so far, 20 Feet From Stardom tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the background singers.
The film features backup singers for acts such as Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and many more. The stories of these women are thrilling, tragic and every bit as powerful as their voices. One of them, Mary Clayton, is the amazing female voice in the song that became the title of our next pick…
1. Gimme Shelter
Directed by the quite geniuses behind the 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, Albert and David Maysles, Gimme Shelter accomplishes what so many artists try but fail to do by making you feel like you’re a part of the experience.
Released in 1970, the film captures the last weeks of The Rolling Stones’ 1969 U.S. tour, which builds to the calamitous events of the Altamont Free Concert. Audiences get to see the rock stars as they reflect in the aftermath of the concert, where violence and chaos led to several deaths. Interspersed throughout scenes of the band travelling and goofing around on donkeys is footage of their mind-blowing 1969 show at Madison Square Garden. Seriously, why were we born in 1980s Canada instead of 1960s New York?!
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