#4. Woodstock (1970)

I’ve checked out some criticism of rockumentaries and some say that this film, the most famous rockumentary of all time I’d say, isn’t actually very good. It’s true that it’s not shot very well, the narrative is weak, and important moments from the famous music festival were left out. I’m OK with all of that. Just watching those hippies and Jimi Hendrix jamming — it’s like watching a phenomenon. Yes, director Michael Wadleigh just showed up at the right time, but sometimes that’s enough.

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Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He is a former Premiere magazine senior editor, who graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom's freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. He has written several Kindle Singles, including the bestselling Kindle Singles Interview: Ken Burns. Tom's current list of favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi by Godfrey Reggio; 2. Hoop Dreams by Steve James; 3.Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley; 4.Crumb by Terry Zwigoff; 5. Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen