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In bed with rock legends

THE music documentary in all its technicolour glory is being celebrated this weekend in the capital with the first ever OneTwoOneTwo festival taking up residence in the Light House Cinema.

From much-loved classics to hidden gems, the festival will feature rock's biggest names at their most candid and dramatic. Here are some of our favourite music documentaries from rock'n'roll's hall of fame, some of which are due to get the big-screen treatment this weekend.

Stop Making Sense

(1984)

Talking Heads' concert movie is often hailed as one of the best live experiences ever committed to film.

On its release in Dublin in the eighties, music fans were dancing in the aisles of the now-defunct Ambassador for months. Catch up with David Byrne (left) if you're happy to get out of your cinema seat.

In Bed With Madonna

(1991)

Released at the zenith of Madonna's profile and influence (circa her Blonde Ambition tour) this documentary is meant to be a no-holds-barred look at a megastar on the road.

Instead, we see Madonna at her most demanding and diva-like.

As she flirts with dancers, fights with her dad and visits her mother's grave, no stone is unturned as we see Madonna jet across the world with a group of adoring acolytes. Compelling stuff.

Dig!

(2004)

What happens when you're in a small-town band and your friends/rivals become global superstars? This is the quandary faced by fame-obsessed Anton Newcombe (right) and The Brian Jonestown Massacre when their pals The Dandy Warhols hit the big time.

As the Dandys got more and more famous, Newcombe ended up in a spiral of hatred, frustration and self-destruction. An incredible look at fame, friendship and what it's like to be in a nearly ran band.

Some Kind Of

Monster (2004)

2001 to 2003 was an interesting time to be in Metallica. As the band (left) recorded their album St Anger, they fought bitterly, called up their on-call therapists a lot, and bought a tonne of extremely expensive art. Some Kind Of Monster throws the spotlight on a band that you thought you knew well, but had no real idea about what lay behind the music.

Shut Up & Play

The Hits (2012)

When James Murphy (right) decided to disband his electro outfit LCD Soundsystem at the height of their fame, the world was by turns bemused and shocked. This film charts their last show at New York's Madison Square Garden, as well as the morning after where Murphy digests the repercussions of his monumental, baffling decision. As a result, the film has been described by critics as a latter-day successor to Talking Head's Stop Making Sense.

No Distance Left To Run

(2010)

To the delight of their fans, Blur with Damon Albarn, (right) reunited in 2009 and went back on the road. This documentary shows a band as they nervously return to the fray after many years out to pasture.

This intimate documentary about their first tour in ages was nominated for a Grammy award ... which turned out to be Blur's first nomination.

The Last Waltz

(1978)

Long regarded as the best film in the music doc pantheon, Martin Scorsese's lavish and epic account of The Band's (below) last concert is must-see viewing. Better again, it features a roll call of music's biggest names, from Eric Clapton and Neil Diamond, to Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back

(1965)

When Bob Dylan (below) toured England in 1965, the cameras followed him as he attempted to make friends and influence people in Europe. Up until that point, Dylan had been an enigmatic figure, and Don't Look Back throws light on the man behind the enigma. In 1998, the film was selected for preservation in the US's Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The film also spawned the iconic video for the hit Subterranean Homesick Blues.

Buena Vista Social Club

(1999)

This Oscar-winning documentary not only shows a group of musicians enjoying a second crack at fame, but also a country in social and political turmoil. In it, ageing Cuban musicians are brought out of retirement in a bid to resurrect their dormant careers. Make no mistake: Buena Vista Social Club, with Ibrahim Ferrer (left), is as heart-warming and life-affirming as it is unmissable.

Katy Perry: Part Of Me

(2012)

Though it's not the best in the genre, Katy Perry's on-road video diary deserves a special mention for heralding a switch towards a new kind of music documentary. Much like In Bed With Madonna and Justin Bieber's snoozefest Never Say Never (2011), this documentary charts a star at the height of her power.

As such, it's a fairly self-absorbed, whitewashed and airbrushed version of the Katy Perry fans really wanted to see. Sadly lacking in both bite and juice, despite being billed as a look at the real Katy Perry. Oh well.

OneTwoOneTwo is on in the Light House cinema, Smithfield, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit lighthousecinema.ie: facebook.com/one twoonetwodublin; and onetwoonetwo dublin. tumblr.com


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