You may know someone who's excited about Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, the 3D documentary and concert movie that opens on Friday. And there's a really good chance that someone is a 13-year-old girl. But for those of us with more, um, mature tastes, there are plenty of great concert movies that put you in the front row. Let your girl see Justin, then grab yourself one of these:
1. Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones played a free concert at California's Altamont Speedway in 1969. Their one mistake: hiring Hell's Angels as security. The bikers ended up killing somebody on camera. It's more than a great concert movie; it's a portrait of a culture on a drug-addled downward spiral.
2. Don't Look Back
Bob Dylan gets bitchy with the press, fellow musicians, and British fans in this document of his 1965 tour. He's not very likable here, but he is enigmatic and downright brilliant at times. The "Subterranean Homesick Blues" cue-card scene is a career highlight.
3. The Last Waltz
Neil Young is high! Neil Diamond rocks! And Van Morrison slurs his way through a sloppily brilliant set. The Band performed their last concert (with help from friends) in 1976, and director Martin Scorsese was in their face and backstage.
Think of it as kind of a funky Woodstock, with a ton of great R&B artists from the '70s (including the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Rufus Thomas, and an undeniably awesome Isaac Hayes) playing an outdoor show in front of dancing fans in Los Angeles.
5. Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Jonathan Demme's intimate look at Young's two shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2005 was filmed just months after the singer-songwriter was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. He plays some older classics, but it's the new acoustic ones about mortality that resonate.
It's three hours of hippies and mud, but it's also one of the most visually striking depictions of an era ever caught on film. Some music holds up (Jimi Hendrix), some doesn't (Sha-Na-Na). Woodstock is about the '60s at its peace-and-love peak. A perfect companion to Gimme Shelter.
7. Chuck Berry
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
Berry is charming, reflective, and cantankerous as he prepares for a 60th birthday blowout headed by Keith Richards. Famous fans offer praise and live support, but the rock & roll pioneer shows everyone why he's a legend.
8. Stop Making Sense
Jonathan Demme's other great concert movie stars the Talking Heads and David Byrne's big-ass suit. It starts small, but after 20 minutes, almost a dozen musicians are onstage. Demme sets up his cameras and lets the band play, with no fancy tricks. And they're positively electric.
9. Block Party
Dave Chappelle takes over a Brooklyn neighborhood for a free show featuring pals Erykah Badu, the Roots, Kanye West, and the Fugees (who hadn't played together in seven years). It's a lot like a small-scale Wattstax updated for the hip-hop generation.
10. Awesome; I Fuckin'
The Beastie Boys handed out cameras to fans at a 2004 show in New York City. The result is one of the most freewheeling concert movies ever made. Some audience members focused on the group, some focused on the people around them, and some focused on themselves.
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