By silly chance I watched two music documentaries over the past 12 hours
Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
Yar, I finally saw it! That documentary everybody has to watch since it was released. And it really is a good one. It's about a singer-songwriter who went by the name of Rodriguez by the early 1970s. He never was any successful commercially or on a broad level except for in South Africa where to white alternative juves protesting Apartheid his albums were THE thing. he was also played on national radio, apart from some songs which were forbidden (including the now famous Sugar Man song).
Nobody never knew anything about the artist himself though. There were crazy rumours that he either shot himself or sat himself on fire on stage after an unsuccessful gig. Either way, everybody took him for dead. Until Two dudes from South Africa who had been searching for info on this guy actually found out that he's still alive in the late 1990s.
The docu first talks about the significance of the artist to people in South Africa, the Search itself and then the stuff that happened afterwards.
It's not all too much about the music itself, more about life, what music can mean to people, the crazy ways of the music industry back then and so on. Very interesting. Good documentary. Makes you feel nice.
Watch It. (all your friends who kept on saying that you should watch this were right)
Another documentary about music! This time it's about Fraktus, who pioneered the Techno scene in Germany in the early 1980s. They dissolved after just a few years due to differences and haven't spoken since. The dude who does the documentary seeks them out and brings them back together to attempt a comeback.
It's a band mockumentary like we've seen a handful over the past years. This one's German though and it's about a very particularly German thing, and it's by the three gentlemen of Studio Braun, a radio-based comedy group. They do have a really good grasp on comedy about human shortcomings and depression. And they do know their music (at the very least Rocko Schamoni and Jürgen Dose/Heinz Strunk are musicians of their own. You never hear that much about the third guy, Jaques Palminger.). And they've been around at the time and most probably in the scene this one's about. We follow around how the documentary filmer is meeting the each of the three (one's always been the one that developed a knack forcommercial success and now produces horrifying party music in Mallorca, the second one, former front man, is an ever-optimistic but incapable owner of an internet café now and the third one, the musical mastermind, works in his parents' optician shop and runs Fractus II with them, making insane electronic music experiments.) and gets the idea of establishing himself over this documentary. It's a cynical, yet great companion piece to Searching for Sugar Man.
This film is fun. At three occasions I had to laugh out loud because it gets so ridiculous and it's all so futile. It's not a great film, but perfectly entertaining.
Watch It, simply because you rarely see the three actually do a film project together and the film's pretty good at stabbing at sensationalist documentaries and reality tv.