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New Music Concerts and Documentaries on Netflix and Amazon Prime

by VVN Music

There are many hidden gems on the Netflix and Amazon Prime services that can be easily overlooked by music lovers.

This is the first of what will become our weekly review of new music offerings on the two services.  For our first offering, here are the documentaries and concerts that have been added since August 1.

  • Bad Rap - Four young Asian-American rappers strive to achieve success on their own terms in a musical genre that often treats them as outsiders.
  • Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo - Country music star Brad Paisley hosts a night of music and laughs with comics Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield.
  • SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock - Aptly named iconic rock photographer Mick Rock reconstructs his journey through the thrilling and murky universe of rock 'n' roll history.
  • Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark - Take an in-depth look at the life and talent of the trailblazing musician who conquered racial barriers to leave an indelible mark on the jazz world.
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  • Michael Schenker Group: Live in Tokyo: 30th Anniversary Japan Tour - This performance was recorded in January 2010 during the 30th Anniversary Japan Tour. On this tour, the Michael Schenker Group consisted of Michael Schenker, Gary Barden, Simon Phillips, Wayne Findlay, and Neil Murray. The band, in impectable form, blasts through a track list highlighting all stages of Schenker's career: from UFO and Scorpions hits, through MSG classic tracks, to his solos.
  • Jazz Ball - A made for TV musical revue compiled from Film and TV performances by Jazz greats from the 1930s to 1950s.
  • Always Whitney Houston - The iconic legend who sold over 170 million albums may have died, but she will live forever through her incredible music and films.
  • Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years - The star-studded special celebrates the trailblazing music series' 40th anniversary. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Matthew McConaughey and Sheryl Crow, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the show's remarkable run, anchored by some of the brightest stars in the show's history returning to the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage for incredible performances. Highlights include legends Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Clark Jr., Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy and more performing in celebration of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS' legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.
  • Back Behind the Kit - Former 80's drummer, Nicky Turner, returns to the stage for the first time in 30 years since he decided to quit music. We follow Nick to Finland as he prepares and performs in front of his family and new band members for the first time in his life.
  •  Bing Crosby: Rediscovered - Bing Crosby was, without a doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the twentieth century. His remarkable appeal, which continues to this day, was in his seemingly effortless ability to pull an audience in to his intimate, laid-back voice and innate charm. For over three decades, through radio, film, television, and records he reigned supreme. A brilliant entrepreneur, Crosby played an important role in the development of the postwar recording industry. As one of Hollywood's most popular actors, he won the Oscar for 1944's Going My Way and starred in the iconic"Road" films with Bob Hope. Crosby recorded nearly 400 hit singles, an achievement no one--not Sinatra, Elvis or the Beatles--has come close to matching. Thirty-seven years after his death, he remains the most recorded performer in history. Narrated by Stanley Tucci and directed by Emmy-winner Robert Trachtenberg (American Masters--Mel Brooks: Make a Noise), this film explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a personality far more complex than the image the public had only thought they'd known.
  • Eric Clapton: The 1960's Review - The story of Eric Clapton's formative years.
  • Paul Williams: Still Alive - If you were around in the 1970s, and even if you weren't, you probably know Paul Williams. He wrote classic songs like"We've Only Just Begun";""Evergreen"" and"Rainbow Connection."" He starred in Smokey and The Bandit and on Johnny Carson's couch. And then, he disappeared. Quite by accident, lifelong fan and director Stephen Kessler learned that Paul Williams was still with us. But when Kessler sets out to make a documentary, Williams isn't interested at all. With Kessler never giving up and Williams always trying to get away from the camera, the results are a documentary that is more like a buddy comedy than a""whatever happened to""--both funny and moving. Paul Williams Still Alive is both a rollicking pop-culture flashback filled with great television and performance clips, and the humorous journey of an awkward documentarian and his reluctant subject. Yet it ultimately evolves into the touching tale of a man who has made peace with the beast that fame and celebrity awoke.
  • Beatle's Hamburg & The Hamburg Sound - This program records the most important celebration ever of the early days of the Beatles in this city and the musical environment that helped to form them. Presented by Liverpool D.J. Spencer Leigh, it visits the places in Hamburg that are particularly associated with the Beatles' time there as well as interviewing veterans from that scene.
  • Hall & Oates: 7 Big Ones - Seven Big Ones for lots of fun! Hall & Oates start off the countdown of seven with'Say It Isn''t So', 'Family Man', growling onto 'Maneater', 'Private Eyes', 'Adult Education' and conclude the trip down pop memory lane with 'I Can''t Go For That (No Can Do)' to finish with 'One On One'.
  • Rock n Roll London - Art Wood, ex-vocalist with Alexis Korner, founder of the Art Woods, and older brother of Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, takes us on a tour of rock'n'roll London, showing where the seeds were laid for the blues explosion that defined the sound of London in the 60s.
  • Chely Wright: Wish Me Away - After a lifetime of hiding, Chely Wright became the first commercial country music singer to come out as gay, shattering cultural stereotypes within Nashville and within herself.
  • Rebirth of Cool: U2 in the Third Millennium - Just in time for their new album "No Line On The Horizon" on March 3, this doc features rare and classic footage, interviews with all the band members, plus rare photos.
  • Hollywood Collection: The Worlds of Harry Connick, Jr.  - Narrated by Harry himself in a candid look at his own life and career, the program features interviews with jazz greats Branford and Wynton Marsalis and their father, Ellis Marsalis.
  • Jane's Addiction: Alive at Twenty-Five - The legendary band, Jane's Addiction performs their 2X platinum alt-rock masterpiece album in it's entirety, along with the bands biggest hits- igniting the stage at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, during the bands 2015/2016 Silver Spoon Anniversary Tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bands groundbreaking album.
  • Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus - Tenor saxophone master Sonny Rollins has long been hailed as one of the most important artists in jazz history, and still, today, he is viewed as the greatest living jazz improviser. In 1986, filmmaker Robert Mugge produced Saxophone Colossus, a feature-length portrait of Rollins, named after one of his most celebrated albums.
  • Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol - Rickey Nelson, the first pop star to be beamed into our homes via a hit TV show, is uncannily brought to life by actor Gregory Calpakis, who captures Rickey's talent, appealing smile, and genuine love for music in this fascinating biopic.
  • Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now & City Gardens - Riot on the Dance Floor is a documentary from director Steve Tozzi, telling the gritty story of New Jersey's most infamous punk clubs and its larger than life promoter.
  • Amy Winehouse: The Girl Done Good: A Documentary Review - Documentary featuring rare and classic performances, exclusive interviews, contributions from experts, and much more.
  • Bob Dylan: 1975-1981: Rolling Thunder & the Gospel Years - Director & Producer Joel Gilbert (Bob Dylan 1966 World Tour The Home Movies, 2003 and Bob Dylan World Tours 1966-1974Through the Camera of Barry Feinstein, 2005) weaves the story of this monumental period of Dylan's life and music through revealing insider portraits, exclusive photos, live concert video clips and TV footage from 1975-1981, and with visits to Rundown Studios, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, the Vineyard Church, and the Fox Warfield Theatre.
  • Bob Dylan: Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years: Born Again - Once called 'Dylan's God Awful Gospel' by his most loyal fans, Bob Dylan's'Jesus Years' are today regarded as among the best of his career. Finally, here is an insiders view into Bob Dylan's'Born Again' transformation, and its affect on his life and music. In late 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the Arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. In his first-ever interview, Dylan's Bible class teacher, Pastor Bill Dwyer, details Bob Dylan's embrace of Jesus Christ and Christianity. Dylan then made three Gospel albums, winning a Grammy for Gotta Serve Somebody. However, Dylan's radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics as he preached evangelical messages from the Book of Revelation. Director/Producer Joel Gilbert weaves the story of Bob Dylan's Jesus Years through revealing insider interviews, including legendary Slow Train Coming producer Jerry Wexler, background singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, iconic San Francisco Chron
  • Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression - Brand new documentary tracing the career of Depeche Mode. Includes rare performances, archive footage and exclusive interviews.
  • Duane Allman - Song Of The South: Duane Allman And The Rise Of The Allman Brothers - Duane Allman, the lead guitarist and driving force behind Southern Rock pioneers The Allman Brothers Band, lived a tragically short life, but during his brief career he changed music forever. With contributions from an illustrious and highly knowledgeable cast of friends, insiders and experts, plus rare footage and exclusive interviews, this film looks at Duane's life, work and musical output.
  • Ice Cube: Making of a Don - The true life tale of the great American dream. ONe man's rise from the streets of South Central Los Angeles to the hills of Hollywood. Witness how one of the architects of gangster rap started a solo career that's responsible for a number of multi-platinum albums and taking hip hop to the movies."Ice Cube, The Making of a Don" takes you on a journey through his humble beginnings and through his extraordinary career that has spanned nearly two decades. Get up-close and personal with one of this generations most compelling artists and human beings.
  • Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal - Includes rare footage, live and studio recordings, seldom seen photographs and much more.
  • Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution - Documentary featuring rare performances and photographs, obscure footage, exclusive interviews and more.
  • Lionhearted - The Red Lion Pub fostered music and art in Orlando for years, but not many know the story of how kindhearted Rose and her musically gifted son, Christian, transformed a local watering hole into an artistic movement despite significant adversity.
  • Lowell George: Feats First - This film, the first ever to chronicle George's life, music and career, uses archive footage and interviews of and with Lowell and Little Feat, plus contributions from many of those who knew him best, to visually recount the sometimes ecstatic, other times tragic life and times of this maverick genius.
  • Muse: Under Review - Features rare footage, news clips, location shoots, videos, seldom seen photographs and much more!
  • The Who - The Who, The Mods and The Quadrophenia Connection - In-depth documentary includes live performance, rare and classic footage, exclusive interviews and more!