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The Best Biopics About Musicians (Part One)

Sometimes a musician is so legendary that just listening to their music isn’t enough. So you’ll read books about them, spend hours watching documentaries and going into an Internet free-fall finding little facts about how they got the band together, how they split the band up, and their preferred method for ingesting class A drugs.

And it’s still not enough. You’re hungry for the life story - greedy for it. That’s when you turn to the biopic. In two-hours of run time, a good biopic can strip away the mystique and show the man or woman behind the mic. Here’s our top picks for some of the best biopics ever produced.


The Doors

When he isn’t making films speculating that the CIA topped President Kennedy (which they did, of course), or condemning the Vietnam war – on account of, y’know, actually fighting in the Vietnam war – self-important director Oliver Stone makes biopics. In 1991, he turned his eye to Jim Morrison and The Doors, in the obliquely-titled, and fairly comprehensive, The Doors. But the star attraction is Val Kilmer, who absolutely nails Jim Morrison to the point that even former band members couldn’t distinguish Kilmer’s voice from the singer’s. Yes, Val Kilmer really was that good once.


Nowhere Boy

Honestly, you could produce any old trash, slap a Beatles connection on it and it’ll make some serious dollar. Try it – if you’re not afraid of Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono suing you into oblivion. Nowhere Boy goes back to the beginning. Though the film depicts John Lennon’s first meeting with McCartney and learning to rock as well as roll, it’s really about Lennon’s conflicted relationship with his mother and his guardian, Aunt Mimi. The cocky, narcissistic Aaron Taylor Johnson stretches his acting chops to channel the cocky, narcissistic Lennon – and he does a pretty good job. In a total reversal of usual film-making practices where fame-hungry stars sleep with the director to get the role, Johnson got the gig and then slept with director Sam Taylor-Wood.


Sid and Nancy

Not to be confused with Skunk Anansie, Sid and Nancy charts the relationship between Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, played by Gary ‘Whatever Happened to Him?’ Oldman, and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. It’s a scientific fact that it’s impossible to write about Sid and Nancy’s relationship without using the words stormy, turbulent and destructive – see, even we couldn’t do it. Anyway, as you might imagine from a film based on happy-go-lucky heroin addicts, it’s a pretty bleak take on the whole 70’s punk scene. It opens with Nancy’s suspicious death, and ends with a reference to Sid’s untimely OD. Definitely one for the whole family!


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