As Eminem puts out "Not Afraid," a documentary on the fortunes of his record label, we select five crucial musical accounts from across musical genres.
Still Bill (2010)
Despite its similarity to the two-part Tarantino action film "Kill Bill," this Bill Withers documentary can actually trace its title to the soul and R&B singer-songwriter's second album from 1972. The in-depth retrospective, released when Withers was in his own 70s, got a thumbs-up from critics and fans.
Documenting G-funk guru Calvin Broadus Jr.'s rejection of stage name Snoop Dogg in favor of Snoop Lion at the time of his 2012 Rastafari conversion, and released alongside an album of the same name. Later that year he released "7 Days of Funk" with producer DāM-FunK, as Snoopzilla, before returning to the Snoop Dogg moniker for March 2015's Pharrell-produced "Bush."
Shine a Light (2008)
Martin Scorsese, world famous director of "Goodfellas" and "Gangs of New York," had been known as a rockumentarian since since 1978 reference "The Last Waltz." This Rolling Stones doc took footage from a specially altered 2006 concert tour and interpolated it with highly contextual footage chosen from earlier in the band's 40 year career.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
Folk artist Sixto Rodriguez, an unknown in his native United States but hugely popular in South Africa, had no idea that he had become an overseas success until the late 90s: two curious fans decided to track him down and find out if, contrary to rumor, he was even still alive. "Searching for Sugar Man" became a category award winner at the Oscars, BAFTAs, Directors Guild of America awards, International Documentary Association awards, and many more.
Sounds and Silence (2010)
Munich label ECM started out as a house of jazz but soon became known for a striking selection of album covers and an increasingly eclectic roster that grew to encompass both world music and the contemporary classical genre. Joining label founder and producer Manfred Eicher in this globe-trotting five-year revue are a host of celebrated musicians such as Arvo Pärt, Gianluigi Trovesi, Dino Saluzzi, Nik Bärtsch, Kim Kashkashian and Anja Lechner.