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Music has been featured in films since the 1920s with the musical scores complimenting the on screen visuals. Over the last few decades documentary style films have focused on the music artists and events that have shaped the industry. Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace & Music (1970) was a look into the weekend long counter-culture rock music festival in upstate NY. It gave viewers a unique perspective on this iconic music experience, even to those that attended the event.

Fast forward to now and you will find documentaries on almost every major musical event or person important to the music industry. You can find these films on big screen cinema such as the recent Bohemian Rhapsody film which celebrates the music and story of Queen. Streaming sites such as Netflix have also been  providing content where you can find films such as Quincy, which gives you unparalleled insight into some of the music industry’s greatest musicians and controversial events.

Netflix has pushed the boundaries of documentary style content with their Netflix Original Series and they made sure to include a wide array of musical stories. From the latest dive into the world of Reggeaton with Nicky Jam: El Ganador to the acclaimed  The Get Down which tells the story of the roots of Hip Hop, music focused film has been receiving great reviews from both critics and viewers a like. Many of these films and series are a great way to learn more about your favorite artists, their hardships and successes, and what inspired them to share their music with the world. Of course fact checking is always necessary as some stories need a little spice to make them more appealing to potential viewers.

In addition to great visual content, many of these films contain musical gems that you may have forgotten or not been aware of. Music in popular films seem to catch steam quickly and as a DJ it is important to stay on top of the trends to some degree. If you are looking for something to binge watch, you may as well kill two birds with one stone and view something that may be entertaining and informative. Here of some of the most popular music documentaries on Netflix. Do you have a favorite? Leave it in the comments