an abstract shot of John Coltrane playing sax, as if through water
Beyond the Films

October 31, 2017

Chasing Trane Playlist: Coltrane and His Disciples

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Nick Dedina, Guest Contributor Drop a needle on a John Coltrane record, hit play on one of his digital playlists, or watch Chasing Trane and it’s easy to understand…...

1966 Dodge Monaco Dashboard and Radio
Beyond the Films

February 13, 2017

TOWER Playlist: 1966 Music Soundscape

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

Pure and simple, 1966 was considered by many critics as one of the greatest years for popular music ever [see the Guardian’s “Was 1966 pop music greatest’s year?” and the…...

Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris surrounded by Poison (the band), in Decline of Western Civilization III the Metal Years

June 30, 2015

Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization Rises Again

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Editor's note: While these aren't Independent Lens films of course, the Decline films are some of our very favorite music docs, make for perfect summertime viewing, and are finally all out together…...

October 02, 2013

Best Music Documentaries on Independent Lens and Beyond

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In honor of both Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman's Journey [which, if you missed it, is available 'til the end of this week to watch for free online] and the joyful Muscle Shoals,…...

October 01, 2013

Don’t Stop OVEE-ing: Online Screening of Everyman’s Journey

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Few bands hold the same iconic stature in American music lore as Journey. Decades of chart-topping hits and performances played on stages across the world. Following on the heels of…...