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5 Must-See Movies for Every Musician

Need a little inspiration? Do you share a passion for music and movies? Combine those and watch these 5 masterpieces (in my humble opinion, anyway):

5. A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr —during the height of Beatlemania.

The film portrays several days in the lives of the group. A Hard Day’s Night film is credited as being one of the most influential of all musical films. This is a must-see for all the loyal fans of The Beatles!

4. The Decline of Western Civilization is a 1981 American documentary filmed through 1979 and 1980. The movie is about the Los Angeles punk rock scene.

The film is the opening act of a trilogy, depicting music scenes in Los Angeles during the late 20th century. The second film, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988), covers the Los Angeles heavy metal scene of 1986-1988. The third film, The Decline of Western Civilization III (1998), chronicles the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers in the late 1990s.

3. Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold. The film follows Cash's early life, his romance with June Carter, and his ascent to the country music scene. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as Carter.

There's tons of country music from Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, but also plenty of the roots rock and blues that influenced Cash as well.

2. Woodstock is a 1970 American documentary of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York. Entertainment Weekly called this film the benchmark of concert movies and one of the most entertaining documentaries ever made. The film was directed by Michael Wadleigh. Woodstock was a great commercial and critical success. It received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

It documents performances by such bands and artists as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Richie Havens, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and many more.

1. Pink Floyd – The Wall is a 1982 British live-action/animated musical drama film directed by Alan Parker with animated segments by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and is based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name.

The film centers around a confined rocker named Pink, who, after being driven into insanity by the death of his father and many depressive moments during his lifetime, constructs a metaphorical (and sometimes physical) wall to be protected from the world and emotional situations around him. When this coping mechanism backfires he puts himself on trial and sets himself free. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters.

That's a great little list for a lazy yet educational weekend! Enjoy!
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