Inspired by a new film about the Go-Go's, we pitch some of our dream rock documentaries

click to enlarge Fleetwood Mac: Always ready for their closeup.
Fleetwood Mac: Always ready for their closeup.

We've all seen documentaries and TV specials exploring the influence of a band or solo artist, full of sordid stories told via contemporary interviews, archival footage and photo montages, all designed to explain their legacy.

The new documentary The Go-Go's, now airing on Showtime, follows that blueprint with a nuts-and-bolts history lesson on the titular California pop band, still the only all-female group to top the album charts with songs they wrote and played themselves. It's a tried-and-true formula, one that has also been applied in recent years to Linda Ronstadt, David Crosby, Leonard Cohen, the Band, Nina Simone and more.

We racked our brains and came up with some artists we'd most like to see get the bio-doc treatment, from unheralded geniuses to cultural juggernauts with killer backstories.

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About The Authors

Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...

Nathan Weinbender

Nathan Weinbender is the Inlander's Music & Film editor. He is also a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, where he has co-hosted the weekly film review show Movies 101 since 2011.