The 20 Best YouTube Rock Docs You Can Watch Free (For Now)

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**The 31 Best Music Documentaries of All Time

So you don't have Netflix, you hate the video stores (if you can even find one), you don't like going to the little red box next to the liquor store but you do have an Internet connection, plenty of time on your hands and an insatiable thirst for rock music knowledge.

You are in the right place since you are on Rocks Off, but also we have the cure to all your problems.

I have scoured YouTube for some of the best rock documentaries currently playing for free on the video giant. Legal? Probably not. Cheap? You betcha.

I tried to find some of them in full chunks when possible, and not cut up into chapters like most of them seem to be. Some would call this piracy, but when you are working on your homework before a big concert or a blog series, I make sure to watch as much footage as I can. Before YouTube -- among other things -- this wasn't possible.

So sit back and enjoy some great rock docs, and don't blame us -- okay, you can -- for when you get reprimanded at the office for watching The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years for the fifth time in a week. KNAC!!!


When You're Strange

Johnny Depp narrates this story of the Doors and Jim Morrison. Even casual Doors fans know all of this stuff, but it's still fun to see Jimbo in action.


Until The Light Takes Us

The best doc on black metal, possibly ever. You will end up feeling pity for some of these kids -- now adults -- and find yourself humming a Burzum tune in the shower.


Flight 666

Iron Maiden is hitting Houston in a little more than a week, so brush up on your Maiden lore with this look into the history of the band and their really, really big airplane.

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"Urgh! A Music War" as a deluxe edition, you're not gonna get - the rights issues have been tangled enough that the best we're getting is the current official DVD-R that Warner's has in their Classics Archives list. Which, GODDAMNIT. 'Cause you KNOW Miles and Ian had to have had tons of extra footage, and retrospective material showing the impact it had on shaping parts of the subculture. (Endless showings on Night Flight and occasional showings at the River Oaks made an impression on more than a few people.)  But right now it's to the point where a given release (be it the DVD, cable, or a theatrical showing) has fans asking "Was this section in this release? How about that part? Did this one have Numan?" 

 

And, yeah. That "Total Eclipse" is AWESOMELY AWESOME. That and the Fleshtones's "Shadow Line" are both head and shoulders above their studio cuts.

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