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Music Documentary Directors Reveal How to Film Iconic Artists (The Hollywood Reporter)

A young Linda Rondstadt with her guitar.

“”I love your movie, especially the music,’ used to be the best backhanded compliment you could pay a filmmaker. But when it comes to many of this year’s documentaries vying for awards, music is front and center as the star of the show, along with the artists and institutions that created the sounds that have defined American music through the decades.” Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Bruce Springsteen in ‘Western Stars,’ a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo by Rob DeMartin.


From music clearances to reluctant subjects, the filmmakers behind this year’s acclaimed music documentaries—Remember My Name, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, The Apollo, Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, The Black Godfather, and Western Stars—discuss their challenges.