Film Of The Year
LEMMY documents the life story of the Motorhead frontman, told in his own words with contributions from friends and peers such as Slash, Ozzy, Alice, Dave Grohl and many more.
The live footage is, of course, exhilarating but it's the stories that hold this film together and Lemmy's uncompromising lifestyle is laid bare for everyone to see. It's a portrait of a unique character (the likes of which we'll never see again) and the directors Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver weave together a story that, while never particularly shocking (is it possible to be shocked by Lemmy these days?) is absolutely engrossing and utterly essential viewing.
The runners up:
|2) AC/DC: LET THERE BE ROCK
A narrow margin in terms of votes put AC/DC's Let There Be Rock into second place. The reissue of this long-lost, but never forgotten 1980 film shows a band on the verge of something absolutely massive. The film is not only a brilliant live film but also a fitting testament to singer Bon Scott's electrifying stage personality and iconic voice, and it highlights what the world has been missing since his tragic death just a few months after this was recorded.
|3) RUSH - TIME MACHINE 2011: LIVE IN CLEVELAND
The latest Rush live film is a tremendous concert movie which immortalises their most recent tour. It was recorded as a "thank you" to the first city outside of Canada to embrace their music and it saw the band playing a typically epic set (the show is just shy of three hours) which included the whole of Moving Pictures. The film brilliantly captures the electrifying atmosphere at the venue (more so than the accompanying CD) and sees one of the best live bands on the planet in full swing.
|4) PEARL JAM: TWENTY
Directed by award winning film-maker and former Rolling Stone Magazine journo Cameron Crowe, PJ:20 was carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage. It was a beautiful, artistically brilliant and occasionally moving film that will make even the most ardent Pearl Jam fans love the band just a little bit more.
|5) FOO FIGHTERS - BACK AND FORTH
Easily one of the most entertaining music documentaries of recent years, Back And Forth has the advantage of having one of the most charismatic, likeable and traditional rock stars on the planet as its star. It's the tale of a band born out of tragedy who have managed to conquer the world in style and with an abundance of charm. Repeat viewing is essential.
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