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David Bowie Tops Music Documentary Update. Huge Stars. Unique Access. New Footage. Mega Budgets

HBO Max‘s release of the David Bowie interpretive bio doc Moonage Daydream reminds us that the market leaders can spend big on Music:

  • $25 million by Apple TV+ for Billie Eilish.
  • $30 million by Disney+ for Elton John.

In this post, Camran Shealy updates her July 2022 profiles of commissions that feature musical celebrities and cultures.

The eight new projects that Camran covers below are: Moonage Daydream, DIO: Dreamers Never Die, the Untitled “Thriller” Documentary, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, Meet Me In The Bathroom, Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres, and This Much I Know to Be True.


by Camran Shealy

Moonage Daydream

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Reminder: Who is David Bowie?

David Bowie’s first hit was the song “Space Oddity” in 1969. The original pop chameleon, Bowie became a fantastical sci-fi character for his breakout Ziggy Stardust album. He later co-wrote “Fame” with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon, which became his first American No. 1 single in 1975. An accomplished actor, Bowie starred in The Man Who Fell to Earth in 1976. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Shortly after releasing his final album, Bowie died from cancer on January 10, 2016. Biography.com

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  • HBO Max

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DIO: Dreamers Never Die

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Reminder: Who is Ronnie James Dio?

Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona, July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an Italian American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band, Dio. He is credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture and is known for his medieval themed lyrics. Dio sold over 47 million albums throughout his career. Metal Wiki 

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  • Independent

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Untitled “Thriller” Documentary

Reminder: Who is Michael Jackson?

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, entertainer, and recording artist. Michael Jackson epitomized the era of pop in the 70s, 80s and 90s, earning himself the title the King of Pop. He remained a global icon until his untimely death in 2009. Biography Online

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  • Sony Music Entertainment

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  • John Branca
  • John McClain

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Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me

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Reminder: Who is Selena Gomez?

Selena Marie Gomez, born July 22, 1992 is an American actress and singer. Gomez landed minor roles in several other TV programs, but it was her affiliation with the Disney Channel — who discovered her during a nationwide talent search in 2004 — that officially jump-started her acting career. Guest appearances on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody and Hannah Montana paved the way for Gomez’s own show, The Wizards of Waverly Place, which premiered in October 2007 and quickly became one of the network’s most popular programs. Gomez began juggling her commitment to The Wizards of Waverly Place with additional projects, including movie roles and a burgeoning singing career. The Vogue

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  • Apple TV+

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Meet Me In The Bathroom

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Synopsis

An immersive journey through the New York music scene of the early 2000s. A new generation kick-started a musical rebirth for New York City that reverberated around the world.

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  • Showtime

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Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres

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Reminder: Who is Ben Fong-Torres?

Ben Fong-Torres joined Rolling Stone magazine as a news editor in 1969. His interview subjects included Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, the Jackson 5, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Grateful Dead, Ike & Tina Turner, Diane Keaton, and Steve Martin. The Ray Charles interview won the Deems Taylor Award for Magazine Writing in 1974. –benfongtorres.com

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  • Netflix (U.S. rights)

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This Much I Know to Be True

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Reminder: Who are Nick Cave and Warren Ellis?

Warren Ellis started playing with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in the mid 1990s. Ellis’ main band, the Dirty Three, were known for wild improvisational performances that injected a bit of punk rock radicalism into loosely structured instrumental music. Ellis added violin to the Bad Seeds albums, Let Love In (1994) and Murder Ballads (1996), but his first record as a full-time member was 1997’s Boatman’s Call—a classic, to be sure, but also one of Cave’s quieter outings. From that point onwards, Ellis would gradually rise to become Cave’s primary creative foil. He co-wrote various tracks on No More Shall We Part (2002) and the double album, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004), before co-founding the comparatively carnal side project, Grinderman, with Cave, Bad Seeds bass player Martyn Casey and drummer Jim Sclavunos.  Augustus Welby, Rolling Stone

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  • Hulu

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Images retrieved from IMDb.com


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The documentary specials and series covered in Part 1 of Camran’s Music coverage (“$25 Million for Billy Eilish,” July 6, 2022) are…

  • Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  • The Lost Weekend: A Love Story
  • Untitled Lizzo Documentary
  • Little Richard: I Am Everything
  • Halftime
  • Nothing Compares
  • Look At Me: XXXTentacion
  • Machine Gun Kelly’s Life in Pink
  • Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby
  • Sheryl

Camran’s report includes brief explorations from Ed Hersh and myself on why the music genre is riding the wave. These themes are revealed in further depth in “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week”. The Fab 4 Archive Case Study for Sunny Side of the Doc.

Best Docs of 2022?

  • What were the critics’ picks for Best Documentaries for 2022?
  • Caitlin surveyed Variety, Deadline, Sundance and more to provide links to their selections.
  • Read more here