It might be time to stop binge-watching your favorite shows for the third time. Instead, why not learn a thing or two about your favorite tunes?
These 17 documentaries (rockumentaries?) will teach you all about some of the most influential rock and punk bands, and also the music scene built around them.
1. 1991: The Year Punk Broke
Want a historic look at some of the most influential punk bands in history? This documentary features interviews with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Ramones and more.
2. Three Cheers For 10 Years
Mayday Parade reminisced about their first 10 years of existence in this emotional documentary, which came out right around the same time as their 2015 album Black Lines.
3. Heart Like A Hand Grenade
This documentary follows Green Day as they create American Idiot in the studio, as well as rare footage of some of their shows following that release. According to a Rolling Stone interview with the director, many of the studio scenes were the first time anyone had been allowed into the studio to film the iconic band.
Tons of bands have hit the stage at Glastonbury, a famous music festival in the U.K. This documentary looks at 35 years of its history, from 1970 to 2005. The film was released in 2006, so it doesn’t feature anything that’s happened in the past 10 years. Regardless, it still covers the bulk of Glastonbury’s existence.
5. Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck
The Nirvana frontman is humanized in this doc, which shows the difficult aspects of his heroin addiction, the custody battle he and his wife Courtney Love experienced and his lifelong struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. It’s the first documentary made about Nirvana that had the Cobain family’s support.
6. Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster
Metallica have had their fair share of issues throughout their decades-long history. Some Kind Of Monster, which shares its name with one of Metallica’s songs, chronicles the problems that plagued the group in the early 2000s.
7. Tired Violence
Before Underoath returned from their hiatus in 2015, the band created a documentary to follow their breakup. Tired Violence shows what was thought to be the band’s final show in 2013.
8. American Hardcore
The birth of hardcore , starting with groups like Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat, is shown in this documentary.