Sounds of Summer: Diva Documentaries — A Streaming TV Roundup


Whenever you hear the phrase “Sounds of Summer time,” chances are high you consider the Seaside Boys. Initially, tunes like “California Ladies” and “Surfin’ USA” have turn out to be eternally linked with the season’s seaside tradition. Second, that occurs to be the title of their best hits assortment, launched in 2003 by Capitol Information. And third, whether or not we prefer it or not, the music trade is dominated by boys. Actually, by some counts, the trade’s gender inequities are extra excessive than Hollywood’s. In 2020, in response to Rolling Stone, the proportion of feminine artists was simply 20%, feminine songwriters 13%, and feminine producers a mind-numbing 2%.

In fact, there are exceptions. One solution to have fun music’s feminine trailblazers, those that have succeeded in opposition to these staggering odds, is to hearken to their music. One other is to study extra about them. Listed here are a dozen “diva documentaries” obtainable to stream (within the consolation of your — hopefully — air-conditioned house) this summer time.

P!nk: All I Know So Far (Amazon)

Filmed whereas the award-winning musician set off on her 2019 “Stunning Trauma” world tour, P!nk focuses on the balancing act (pun supposed) of motherhood and profession. Bringing her household alongside for the trip, P!nk supplies director Michael Gracey (The Best Showman) a behind-the-scenes have a look at her extraordinary life on the street. “What makes me probably the most proud is that I feel my youngsters really feel seen and that we all know the way to discover pleasure,” she says. “Even in darkness and even in bother, we all know the way to have pleasure.”

Mary J. Blige’s My Life (Amazon)

In 1994, Mary J. Blige launched her second album “My Life,” which spent 84 weeks on the Billboard charts and was named one of many best albums of all occasions by each Rolling Stone and TIME. In Oscar-winning director Vanessa Roth’s documentary, Blige speaks candidly about her success, in addition to the struggles with melancholy, dependancy, and abuse that enabled her to attach with hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide. “We’re all spirits. We get depressed. However, music makes you wish to reside. I do know my music has saved my life.”

Adele: A New Chapter (Amazon)

The world found singer-songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins when she was nonetheless a teen. Her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics have offered greater than 120 million albums, and earned her fifteen Grammy awards and accolades starting from, “the UK’s best-selling feminine album artist of the twenty first century,” to TIME’s record of  “the 100 most influential individuals on the earth.” This compelling documentary consists of candid interviews and reside performances. And, Adele’s physique positivity is refreshing. “I’d quite go for lunch with my associates than go to a fitness center.”

Shania Twain: Not Only a Lady (Netflix)

By any measure, bestselling artist Shania Twain has pushed the boundaries of nation music, crossing over into pop and rock, and promoting greater than 100 million albums. On this documentary, nonetheless, she opens up about private challenges that almost uprooted her profession, from home violence as a toddler, to her husband’s infidelity, and a terrifying bout of Lyme illness that made her suppose, “I misplaced my voice eternally, I believed that was it, I’d by no means, ever sing once more.” Ultimately, Twain’s resilience and continued success are an inspiration.

Jennifer Lopez: Halftime (Netflix)

Though many of the information recently has been about her “second likelihood” marriage to Ben Affleck, Lopez is a unprecedented expertise and the final word present enterprise “triple-threat” (singer/actor/dancer). Footage consists of grueling backstage rehearsals, her spectacular (however controversial) Tremendous Bowl halftime present, and her efficiency at President Biden’s inauguration. Taking a breath earlier than embarking on what she sees as her personal half two, Lopez speaks candidly about her Latin heritage, motherhood, profession, and utilizing her voice for the next goal.

Dolly Parton: Right here I Am (Netflix)

Enhanced by affectionate feedback from Parton’s 9-to-5 costars and associates, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, this entertaining documentary displays on the life and music of one in all nation music’s most beloved icons. Bigger than life on the skin, however “completely actual, inside,” Parton considers herself a songwriter firstly, and this movie by Francis Whately makes use of her unparalleled physique of labor to information us from her first efficiency on the Grand Ole Opry to the legend — chart-topper, philanthropist, writer, and LGBTQIA+ icon — she’s turn out to be

Gaga: 5 Foot Two (Netflix)

Woman Gaga, born in 1986 Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, emerged in 2008 as a fully-formed pop music provocateur. Modeling herself on Andy Warhol, she created the Haus of Gaga and was famend as a lot for her elaborate costumes and stage reveals as she was for her music. Since then, she has turn out to be a revered actor (A Star is Born, Home of Gucci) and devoted philanthropist. In 5 Foot Two, we go backstage with Gaga for a more in-depth have a look at her uncompromising creative course of  as she prepares for her Tremendous Bowl look and a brand new album.

Britney vs. Spears (Netflix)

There’s a saying in politics that to totally perceive a scenario, you have to “comply with the cash.” On this eye-opening movie, journalist Jenny Eliscu and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr just do that as they study the conservatorship of pop star Britney Spears. By means of investigative reporting, in-depth interviews, and irrefutable proof, they make the persuasive case that if Spears is competent sufficient to make hundreds of thousands of {dollars} for her conservator father, she must be afforded the liberty and company she’s been combating for.

Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (Netflix)

Accompanied by showstopping onstage (and backstage) footage, Miss Americana gives a compassionate portrait of an awfully proficient girl who has grown up — and remained remarkably unspoiled — beneath the harshest potential spotlights. With intimate interviews, Swift chronicles her profession, with its challenges and triumphs, as she strives to talk out on necessary points. Warned to avoid politics, she’s decided. “I wish to nonetheless have a pointy pen and a skinny pores and skin and an open coronary heart.”

Tina (HBO)

I’ve saved my favourite for final. With excerpts from exhilarating performances that span her profession, this five-chapter movie by Academy Award-winners Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, celebrates the profession of the incomparable Tina Turner. Though it’s tough to beat many years of onstage footage, the highlights of Tina are insightful interviews with the diva herself. The Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum artist’s story delivers a robust portrait of resilience and reinvention, however her attraction, wit, and candor listed below are an sudden delight.


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